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Houston Astros at Chicago Cubs, 1:20 PM CDT

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Houston Astros Red-star
@ Chicago Cubs Red-star

Sunday, Apr 6, 2008, 1:20 PM CDT
Wrigley Field

Brandon Backe(0-1, 3.60) vs Carlos Zambrano (0-0, 0.00)

Partly cloudy. Winds blowing from right to left field at 5-15 m.p.h. Game Time temperature: Around 65.

The Houston Astros take on the Chicago Cubs for the last game of this 3 game series. Series is currently tied 1-1 after the Astros gave up a 3 run lead in the 7th inning yesterday and eventually lost the game 7-9.
The Astros are sending Brandon Backe to the hill to face Carlos "Evil Z" Zambrano. Last time out Backe went 5 innings while giving up 2 runs on 5 hits with 3 walks and 3 strike outs. Hopefully Backe can work at least 6 today and have some of the same success as last time out. Carlos Zambrano went 6.2 innings without giving up a run, but left the game with a no decision as Ben Sheets had an equally good outing without giving up a run though 6.1. Carlos then watched from the bench as the Cubs gave up 3 runs in the 9th and then another in the 10th to lose the game.
The Astros will probably be without Lance Berkman today who hurt his neck in Friday's game against the Cubs while trying to score from 1st on a Miguel Tejada triple.
If he doesn't improve overnight, it's likely he'll sit for Sunday's game.

"I never want to rule anything out," Berkman said. "I don't want to take myself out of the lineup before I show up and see how it feels. If it feels like it did today, I'm just not going to be able to do it. It's not a question of want to. It's just physically, if you can't turn your head, you can't do it."

The Astros will also be without Ty Wigginton who has a fractured left thumb. Wigginton made a couple of errant throws in the Astros loss to the Cubs on Saturday, and we'll blame the thumb for that(even though it's on his left hand.. shh).

With Lance and Ty out of the lineup(presuming Lance is out as well), look for Erstad to take over for 1st and Blum to start at 3rd. Erstad and Blum are both doing well so far this season with Erstad batting .400 and Blum batting .429.

Game is being broadcast on my20 in Houston. For those of you who use Comcast(like me) that is channel 4. Hopefully all of the video issues from the last time my20 tried to broadcast a game are behind them.

Lineups
Houston Chicago
1. Bourn, CF 1. Soriano, LF
2. Pence, RF 2. Johnson, CF
3. Erstad, 1B 3. Lee, 1B
4. Lee, LF 4. Ramirez, 3B
5. Tejada, SS 5. Fukudome, RF
6. Blum, 3B 6. DeRosa, 2B
7. Perez, T, 2B 7. Theriot, SS
8. Towles, C 8. Blanco, C
9. Backe, P 9. Zambrano, P