Scouting Report on todays starters from
Rich Hill – Hill did not get a decision in the Cubs’ 3-2 loss to the D-backs on Saturday. He gave up one earned run and struck out six while throwing a season-high 116 pitches in six innings of work. He saw his pitch count go up, though, after walking four and having Arizona batters foul off a number of his pitches. “It is frustrating,” Hill said of the foul balls, “but you’ve got to be able to make an adjustment and see what they’re doing, read the hitter and make an adjustment as a pitcher.”

Bronson Arroyo – In six-plus innings, Arroyo allowed four earned runs and eight hits with four walks and six strikeouts in Cincinnati’s 9-3 loss to the Marlins on Sunday, ending his streak of five-straight quality starts. Two home runs proved to be the right-hander’s undoing. Arroyo had a 2-0 lead when Mike Jacobs hit a two-run homer in the fifth inning, and Dan Uggla’s two-run homer in the seventh put him down for good.

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News & Notes

  • The Cubs have have been rumored to have recalled Matt Murton & Rocky Cherry from Iowa. Billy Petrick and Jake Fox were optioned to make room.
  • Wade Miller got hit hard yesterday in his rehab outing with the Smokies. That doesn’t bode well for his comeback, especially seeing that the velocity was down around 84 MPH.
  • Kerry Wood pitched well yesterday and is scheduled to throw again today with Peoria. It’s getting close!!!
  • Cleveland acquired OF Kenny Lofton from the Rangers for nonroster Max Ramirez (C). So much for that idea.
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