You can go to the All Star Game
Fans can enter the promotion daily through June 24 at The grand prize winner of Call Your Shot will win:
  • All-expense paid trip for four to the All-Star Game and State Farm Home Run Derby
  • First class hotel accommodations in New York
  • Tickets to a Broadway show
  • $1,000 MasterCard gift card

The grand prize winner will also get the chance to pick a spot to which two of the Home Run Derby players must compete to try to hit a ball. If the first player hits the ball to the called spot, the promotion ends. If either player succeeds, the fan receives a 2008 Chevrolet Tahoe hybrid vehicle and a 2009 season-ticket package for any team.

Additionally, 10 fans will win first place prizes consisting of a $300 gift card and 25 second place prize winners will receive $100 gift cards.
I would love to see one of our readers there. How cool would that be?

Highlights from yesterday’s game

Scouting Today’s Starting Pitchers

Sean Gallagher – walked three in his last start, against the Dodgers, and two of them scored. He knows better. The youngster has impressed manager Lou Piniella and the Cubs with his poise and his performance, and he continues to learn. He got into a jam in the fourth against Los Angeles, but struck out four of the last five batters he faced in the game. Gallagher struck out six, and has fanned 14 in his past two starts.

A.J. Burnett – Facing Baltimore in his last outing, Burnett suffered his worst start of the year. The hard-throwing right-hander allowed a season-high eight runs on 10 hits over 4 1/3 innings. He walked four and struck out five. At home this season, Burnett has struggled mightily, posting an ERA of 9.00 over 27 innings.

  • Has three main pitches that he throws quite effectively: A mid-90’s fastball, change-up and a dizzying curve. Strikes out a ton of batters.
  • Command has been an issue at times. His biggest flaw is a tendency to lose concentration. He’s also injury-riddled, which hinders his value.
  • A solid No. 2 starter when healthy.
  • 0-1, 7.30 in last 12.1 IP
All Scouting Info taken from and

News & Notes

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  • Julio Castillo pitched 5.0 scoreless innings
  • Yusuf Carter hit 2 extra-base hits
  • Felix Pie was 3-for-4

Got a player you’d like to see added to the player tracker? Drop us a line in the comments

Organizational Roundup

(AAA) – Iowa Cubs – Lost vs. Memphis (2-3)

(AA) – Tennessee Smokies – Lost vs. Mississippi (1-5)

(High A) – Daytona Cubs – Won vs. Dunedin (6-2)

(A) – Peoria Chiefs – No Game

(SS) – Boise Hawks open their season June 17th

(RK) – Arizona Cubs open their season June 22nd

(RK) – Dominican Summer League Cubs – Lost vs. Twins (1-4)

View the full organizational report courtesy of First Inning here.

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Joe Aiello is the founder of View From the Bleachers and one of the lead writers. Growing up in Chicago, he fondly remembers attending games in the bleachers before that was the popular thing to do. Currently Joe resides in North Carolina with his wife and three kids and helps people protect their assets as an independent insurance agent. Connect with Joe via Twitter / Facebook / E-mail