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Cubs, White Sox scratch each others' backs

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Jhonny Peralta: Buy yourself a spellcheck program.
Playing in different leagues, the Cubs and White Sox don't often get the chance to help each other out.

And they prefer it that way—at least, most of their fans do.

Yet this week's interleague play finds the Sox facing the Cubs' archrivals in Saint Louis, while the Cubs host the Detroit Tigers, the odds-on preseason choice to take the AL Central.

There's no doubt about whom the games mean more to. The Sox, in first place, need to beat the Cardinals and hope the Cubs don't lie down for the Tigers to put that sputtering team back on its feet.

The Cubs, meanwhile, are last in the NL Central, ahead of only the San Diego Padres in all of baseball, and trying simply to stave off a record for worst season in the team's history. They have little hope of catching the third-place Cards this year, much less the current division leaders, the Cincinnati Reds.

What's more, most Cubs fans would likely prefer the Cards beat the Sox to at least preserve some National League pride.

That's not how it's working out, however; at least not at first.

The Sox punished the Cards 6-1 Monday, finishing with homers by A.J. Pierzynski and Adam Dunn. The Cubs, at the same time, were taking down the Tigers, although their resolve did waver a little bit toward the end.

Cubs pitcher Paul Maholm looked great, and the offense staked him to a 3-0 lead through six, at which point he promptly ran out of gas. Yet reliever Casey Coleman brought out a spare gasoline can to pour on the fire, retiring one batter while walking one and giving up two hits to tie the score, but that's all the runs the Tigers would get.

The Cubs pushed the go-ahead run across in the eighth with the help of not one but two back-to-back throwing errors by old Sox nemesis (formerly of the Cleveland Indians) Jhonny "Scourge of Copy Editors" Peralta.
Couldn't happen to a better guy—or one whose parents were worse spellers.

The Sox send Comeback Pitcher of the Year candidate Jake Peavy to the mound in Saint Louis Wednesday night against Cardinals phenom Lance Lynn. The Cubs, meanwhile, send their grittiest starter, Matt Garza, against the Tigers' mediocre Rick Porcello—although they'll draw Detroit ace Justin Verlander in the series finale Thursday afternoon.

Oh, by way, Dunn now has 21 homers to ten for the Tigers' high-priced free agent Prince Fielder. If only someone had bet me that bottle of Blanton's.

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