MLB Interleague Play: Chicago Cubs vs. Chicago White Sox

As the 2011 summer solstice starts today a heated rivalry between the Chicago Cubs and Chicago White Sox resumes at 8:10 PM ET. The Cubs ended up taking game one 6-3 despite the White Sox taking a 3-0 lead in the first inning. Carlos Zambrano returned to the same ball park on the south side of Chicago that sent him to anger management counseling almost a year ago after a mental meltdown. Zambrano however this time around pitched outstanding despite giving up 3 runs in the first inning.

Ozzie Guillen Ejection

This year the person with the anger management issues was Ozzie Guillen after a blown call by home plate umpire James Hoye. Guillen raced out of the dugout and kicked the Cubs catcher Geovany Soto’s mask. Guillen was 100% correct about the blown call however he said in the press conference after the game that umpire James Hoye was correct because he did not want to pay another $20,000 fine for saying the wrong thing which this time around is actually the correct thing, it was a blown call.

Tuesday night Mark Buehrle (6-5, 3.75 ERA) will take the mound for the Chicago White Sox and Matt Garza (3-6, 4.14) will be the hurler for the Chicago Cubs. However this is a very good chance that thunder storms could cause problems for this game to be completed or even take place. The home team Chicago White Sox are currently favored at -137 and the posted game total is just 8.5 runs as the wind will be blowing in from right field at 12.5 MPH. The game time temperature is expected to be 76 at U.S. Cellular Field Tuesday night but bring an umbrella if you plan on taking in the Cubs vs. White Sox MLB Inter-league action.

MLB Trades: Blake DeWitt, Kerry Wood, Ryan Theriot

Unless you are more than vaguely familiar with the way the MLB trades work, you are most likely shaking your head in pure confusion right now. When the trade deadline arrives, someone can compile a complete list of all the players and organizations that made moves in the final hours. When the moves are put to a halt, then that long list of farm league players and big league guys can be assembled. As for Blake DeWitt, Kerry Wood and Ryan Theriot, just know that there names are on that trade list alongside hundreds of others.

The Dodgers gave their second basement his notice today when they removed him from the field during batting practice. In exchange for sending him out, the Dodgers get a guy from the Cubs who will most likely split playing time at second base. The Yankees who already look really good heading into the final stretch have added another reliever to their roster. When the dust settles on these three guys, Blake DeWitt is headed to the Cubs, Kerry Wood gets the best deal of the three as he joins the Yankees and Ryan Theriot will be making the move from the Cubs to the Dodgers as well.

Analyst, coaches, general managers and players have all chimed in on the number of moves taking place right now. Just as the Dodgers pulled their guy out of the batting cage to deliver the news of the move, other players are finding the trades equally as surprising. The big leagues have rarely ever offered up anything that resembles stability and the proof is right here. Veteran players, Blake DeWitt, Kerry Wood and Ryan Theriot may have been surprised by the move but most likely aren’t bothered by the moves especially considering all the other folks getting shuffled around.