From Carrie Muskat's story today at

"Actor Jim Belushi is scheduled to lead the Wrigley Field crowd during the seventh-inning stretch on Friday. Ron Santo will sing "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" on Saturday, followed by Jeff Garlin on Sunday, and Juan Pablo Montoya, Reed Sorenson and David Stremme on Monday.

On Tuesday, it's "Rock and Roll Night" at Wrigley, and the seventh-inning stretch singer has yet to be named. Former Cubs pitcher Scott Sanderson will sing Wednesday, Santo will do the honors again July 19, and former Cubs pitchers Lee Smith and Fergie Jenkins will lead the crowd July 20 and July 22, respectively. Comedian Dennis Miller was scheduled to sing July 21."

In actual baseball news, the Cubs returned Felix Pie and his .216 average to Iowa and called up I-Cubs catcher Geovany Soto, who is hitting a robust .341 this season with 12 HR and 55 RBI in 226 AB, not to mention his handsome 996 OPS.

Soto has either finally figured out the hitting thing or is enjoying one heck of an anomaly: since the Cubs drafted him in 2001, he hasn't had a full-season OPS higher than a rather ordinary 756.

For the time being then, the Cubs will carry three catchers--Rob Bowen, Koyie Hill and Soto, who has also played some first base at Iowa and, when he's not starting, will offer Lou Piniella the right-handed bat off the bench he has been lobbying for.

With Ryan Dempster due to come off the Disabled List shortly, it looks like Hill, who is out of minor league options, may be on his way to being an ex-Cub.


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