Scouting Report on todays starters from
Carlos Zambrano – In his last start, Zambrano was five outs from a no-hitter but wound up taking the loss. His only mistake was a solo homer to Russell Branyan in the ninth on a low 3-2 split-finger changeup. Zambrano has won three of his last five starts and has looked more composed since getting into a fracas with his catcher, Michael Barrett, in a loss on June 1. He threw 123 pitches but with an off-day coming Monday, he should be fine.

Mark Buehrle – Buehrle shut down the Pirates for eight innings in his last start on June 16. He frustrated Pirates hitters by mixing his pitches well, and not falling into a pattern as he scattered nine hits and allowed only one earned run in a 6-1 White Sox victory.

View the Cubs career numbers vs. Mark Buehrle – ESPN Splits

***** Transaction Alert *****

The Cubs have activated Aramis Ramirez from the disabled list and have optioned Sean Gallagher to AAA Iowa to make room.

Notable Performances From Down On The Farm

  • Mark Holliman (AA Tennessee) pitched 7 innings of no-hit, 1 walk, 3 strikeout ball and was 1 for 2 at the plate with a HR and 2 RBI
  • Eric Patterson (AAA Iowa) was 1-for-4 with a home run
  • Joel Santo (High-A) 7IP, 3ER, 7H, 1BB, 3K, LOSS (5.31ERA)
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