From the Cubicle

Live play-by-play of today's Cubs-Astros game from a guy who escaped the wrath of Roger Goodell.

Whenever Tom Skilling wants to turn the dial on his weather machine to "spring," it's OK with me. It's still freezing out but, hey, at least the sun is shining. It could be worse. Hello, ! Make that Milwaukee.

The Cubs and Astros get it on at Wrigley Field and as always--or at least day games during the week--we're here for you.

Former Cardinal Jason Marquis, whom I'm having trouble warming up to but who pitched well in his first outing, starts for the Cubs. The Astros trot out fellow right-hander Chris Sampson. Last season this guy baffled the Cubs in his first Major League start, which, if you think about it, isn't surprising. The Cubs were baffled--and baffling--quite a bit last year. No news there.

Here's more than you ever wanted to know about these two guys.

And since I forgot to set the DVR (Argh!), Man. U-Roma updates are allowed.

And anytime the Don Imus story wants to go away, good. Not that I don't think it's a story or what he said was wrong, but I'm sick of looking at that guy's Rawlings face. A little linseed oil and some time under a mattress and Michael Barrett could use his face behind the plate today.

Speaking of which and whom, Barrett bats fifth, while red-headed Matt Murton sits again in favor of Thornwood's Cliff Floyd.

1. Craig Biggio, 2B
2. Morgan Ensberg, 3B
3. Lance Berkman, 1B
4. Carlos Lee, LF
5. Luke Scott, RF
6. Chris Burke, CF
7. Adam Everett, SS
8. Brad Ausmus, C
9. Chris Sampson, P

1. Alfonso Soriano, CF
2. Jacque Jones, RF
3. Derrek Lee, 1B
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