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Hello Everybody :wink:

Here is the start of my new Cubs dynasty! I will be playing every MLB game and quick simming most A/AA/AAA games. Feel free to leave any comments, questions, or suggestions as well :)

My setup:

Default Rosters: No

Player Draft: No

Difficulty: All-star

Injuries: On

Suspensions: On

Errors: On

DH Rule: AL Only

Unlockable Players: No

Trade Deadline: On

CPU initiated trades: on

Fair trades: On

Budgets: On

Rained out games: Off

Energy level effect: on

Team Chemistry Effect: On

Variable "Stuff": On

Rosters: Ultimate Rosters 2.53

Signings:

Signed RHP Jeff Austin to a $700k/3y contract, placed on to AA team.

Releases:

Released Talley Haines from a 1Y/$100k deal

Promotions/Demotions:

Promoted RHP Jeff Austin to MLB

Promoted LHP Renyel Pinto to MLB

Promoted Angel Guzman to AAA

Promoted Ricky Nolasco to AA

Demoted LHP Will Ohmen to AAA

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Just for fun, I created myself, under my secret identity, as a player and left him as a free agent to see who picks him up. This is a little bit off topic but oh well.

Demetri Cruxon

Born 11/29/85

First Base/Util

Throws R/Bats R

Career potential: 3 stars

Ditty Type: Country

#: 17

5'8" 163lbs

Athletic

Face: 9

Hair color: 4

Style: 3

Facial Hair: 2

Body Builds: All default

Bat color: 6

Glove: 5

Elbow Guard: none

Shin Guard: 1

Wristband: 3

Socks: High

Batting Stance: Piazza

Contact vs RHP: 69

Contact vs LHP: 72

Power vs RHP: 54

Power vs LHP: 58

Bunting: 90

Discipline: 65

Durability: 75

Speed: 78

Stealing Tendency: 75

Baserunning Ability: 65

Fielding: 55

Range: 65

Throwing Strength: 55

Throwing Accuracy: 60

Fastball

Take vs LHP: 60

Take vs RHP: 50

Miss vs LHP: 40

Miss vs RHP: 40

Chase vs LHP: 40

Chase vs RHP: 55

Curveball

Take vs LHP: 65

Take vs RHP: 60

Miss vs LHP: 65

Miss vs RHP: 55

Chase vs LHP: 70

Chase vs RHP: 75

Slider

Take vs LHP: 70

Take vs RHP: 55

Miss vs LHP: 65

Miss vs RHP: 75

Chase vs LHP: 40

Chase vs RHP: 65

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N  N  C					   C  H  N


N  H  H					   N  H  C


H  N  N					   N  N  H

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Interesting idea with your created guy :p Laugh you get to the World Series, up by 1 with a man on, 3-2 count in the 9th and Cruxon walks up and BANG, 2-run homer and you lose...haha :lol:

Knowing my luck it'll probably happen :lol:

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Cubs, Prior good early, Blow lead late

cubs.gif Heading into the 7th inning at Bank One Ballpark, everything looked good for Chicago. The Cubs had a three run lead and Mark Prior had been pitching a 3 hit shutout. However, Prior gave up two runs in that inning, making the game uncomfortably tight.

"I was just getting tired and my breaking stuff wasn't as good. I went to my fastball more and it hurt us," Prior said.

With a small lead intact after the inning, the Cubs looked to rebuild the lead but weren't successful, and then handed the ball to closer Jeff Austin, who gave up a two run homerun to Shawn Green.

"It was a two seam fastball," Austin said, "that just hung there over the middle of the plate. He drilled it."

The highlight of the day for the cubs was the strong performance by Prior and a two run shot by catcher Michael Barrett in the 4th inning.

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Above: Todd Hollandsworth puts down a perfect sacrifice drag bunt.

Below: Barrett connects for his first home run of the season.

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CHC	0  0  1  2  0  0  0  0  0  3  10 0


ARI	0  0  0  0  0  0  2  0  2  4  9  0




WP Bruney (1-0)


LP Austin (0-1)

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Cubs trade Williams for Robertson

Left-hander brings different look to rotation

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Jerome Williams (left) has been traded for

Nate Robertson (right)

cubs.gif The Cubs have added a left hander to their rotation, giving them a needed different look.

"Going into the season, it looked like we were going to have an all-righty rotation," said manager Demetri, "but now with the addition of Nate Robertson, we have a lefty in the rotation and it gives us a different look."

When asked about bring Glendon Rusch into the rotation instead of trading for a lefty, and assigning Jerome Williams to the bullpen, Demetri said that it "wasn't practical. Rusch likes being in the pen, and we prefer to use him as a spot starter, a reliever, or a backup starter."

Robertson is scheduled to start the finale in Arizona.

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Cubs shutout Diamondbacks; Austin holds on for save

cubs.gif Jeff Austin knew it was coming. In the eighth inning, it came.

After blowing his first save chance on opening day, the new Cub wasn't exactly in high spirits. But when the call came to the bullpen, Austin put it behind him, and held on to get his first save in two chances in the ninth inning.

Austin (save), pitched 1 inning, giving up 1 hit, but walked none and stuck out one. It preserved the win for Carlos Zambrano, who pitched six strong innings.

Zambrano (1-0), gave up 4 hits, but no runs, 1 walk, and struck out two in his 6 innings of work. Glendon Rusch and Michael Wuertz each pitched an inning in relief.

Cubs fans nationwide held their breath as the new closer gave up a double to Troy Glaus, but then struck out Shawn Green for the first out. He then got Chad Tracy to fly out to deep right. Glaus tagged up, and the throw went to third base. Glaus then decided to run home when he saw that, but third baseman Aramis Ramirez relayed the throw home and got Glaus before he could get to the plate.

"Oh boy that made me nervous," said Austin, laughing. "That was real close.

"Sorry for the drama Cubs fans. I hope everybody sees that I'm not build to be a closer - I don't have dominant stuff. But I'm trying and I hope to adapt to the role.

"I also hope that I don't have to come in and defend one run leads all the time," he added, laughing.

Russ Ortiz (0-1) took the loss for Arizona.

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Jeromy Burnitz and Arizona catcher Chris Snyder

watch Burnitz's home run ball leave the park.

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CHC	0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  1  4  0


ARI	0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  8  0




WP Zambrano (1-0)


LP Ortiz (0-1)

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Hollandsworth has big day, but Cubs fall short in ninth

Rusch gives up RBI triple in ninth

cubs.gif Todd Hollandsworth went 2 for 4 with two home runs, but it wasn't enough to life the Chicago Cubs over the Arizona Diamondbacks in the rubber match of the three game series.

Hollandsworth's home runs, a two run shot in the second and a solo shot in the seventh, provided all the offense for the Cubs, while the Diamondbacks didn't score until the fifth, but got a key run in the ninth that broke them of the three-all tie and gave them the win.

"I just didn't hit my pitch, and he shot it in for a triple," said Rusch, who then left without any further comment.

"I planned to make some changes coming in as a new manager," said Demetri, "and my focus now seems to be getting us a good closer and a more solid bullpen. I may trade players or I may pick some off the free agent market, with the prior being my first choice."

Nate Robertson pitched decently in his debut, but did not have a good day overall.

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Above: Hollandsworth receives the pitch for his first Homer.

Below: Teammates Nomar and Walker celebrate Hollandsworth's

second homerun.

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CHC	0  2  0  0  0  0  1  0  0  3  6  0


ARI	0  0  0  0  1  2  0  0  1  4  11 0




WP Webb (1-0)


LP Rusch (0-1)

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Breaking news: Cubs overhaul bullpen

Changes "necessary," Front office says

cubs.gif In a bullpen overhaul that has not been seen in recent years, the Cubs used a combination of trades and signings to strengthen a struggling bullpen.

The Cubs (1-2) signed LHP Mark Guthrie to a 1Y @ 1.70M deal to be the closer for the Chicago team. They then traded Nate Robertson for long man Rosman Garcia, and traded RF David Kelton for RHP Al Reyes. They also traded RHP Sergio Mitre for RHP Justin Speier. They also called up Renyel Pinto, and Scott Williamson.

They Cubs also announced that Glendon Rusch would be returning to the starting rotation after two strong relief appearances.

This shakeup leads to Pinto and Garcia splitting time in the long man role, Speier and Leicester splitting time covering the middle innings, Ryan Dempster and Williamson being used as the setup men, and Guthrie as the closer.

These changes should help strength a bullpen that was in need of a big help after the opening series against the Diamondbacks.

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Revamped lineup, pitching carry Cubs past Brewers

Ramirez has 5 RBI, two HR; Wood pitches 6 strong innings

cubs.gif In the first home game of the year, the Cubs offense broke out to support Kerry Wood, and the Chicago Cubs defeated the Milwaukee brewers 8-1.

Aramis Ramirez had two home runs and drove in 5 runners, and Nomar Garciaparra, Jeromy Burnitz, and Derrek Lee each had a home run. Garciaparra also had a double, along with Michael Barrett.

Wood (1-0) pitched six strong innings, and gave up 4 hits, including a solo shot by Lyle Overbay, that accounted for the only Brewers run of the afternoon. Wood also struck out two and walked none.

Jon Leicester, Scott Williamson, and Justin Speier eached worked an inning to hold the win for Wood.

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Left: Aramis Ramirez hits a three run blast in the first inning. Right: Kerry Wood delivers a pitch in the fourth inning against Milwaukee.

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MIL	0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  1  8  2


CHC	3  0  2  0  2  0  0  1  X  8  12 0




WP Wood (1-0)


LP Santos (0-1)

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Cubs get ahead early; Hang on to win

Maddux wins; Guthrie gets first save

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The fireworks erupt as Aramis Ramirez (inset) jacks a homerun

cubs.gif The Cubs ensured a win in this series over the Brewers with a win Saturday over the Milwaukee team, 5-2.

Greg Maddux worked six innings and did not give up a run, and left with a five run lead. The bullpen gave up a couple of runs, but "did not give up the win, like they did in Arizona," commented manager Demetri.

Aramis Ramirez had a two run homerun, and Todd Walker went 2 for 4 for the Cubs.

The Chicago Cubs now have a half game lead in the NL Central.

Top Cubs:

Todd Walker 2 for 4 RBI

Aramis Ramirez 2 for 4 HR RBI

Michael Barrett 1 for 3 2 RBI

Cubs = 3-2 overall, 2-0 home, 1-2 road

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MIL	0  0  0  0  0  0  0  2  0  2  10 1


CHC	0  0  1  2  0  1  1  0  X  5  10 0




WP Maddux (1-0)


LP Capuano (0-1)


S Guthrie (1)

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Three-run sixth inning leads Cubs, Prior past Brewers

Ramirez has two HR for Chicago

cubs.gif Mark Prior, perhaps the young Ace of the Cubs pitching staff, did not have an "ace" like day.

He gave up 7 hits, four earned runs, including three home runs over 6 and two thirds innings. The day raised his ERA to 3.95.

Yet, with the Cubs offense, he still managed to get the win, when the Cubs held on for a 5-4 win over the Milwaukee Brewers.

The close win came from the lineup, and the fans got a great display of offense. Nomar Garciaparra, Aramis Ramirez, and Jerry Hairston Jr each had a homerun, with Ramirez nailing a second one. This impressive display of longball in a small ball league showed how good the Cubs could be if everything goes there way.

"We seem to be clicking right now, but it's early," commented manager Demetri.

Top Players

Ramirez - 2 for 3, two HRs

Hairston Jr - 1 for 3, one HR

Branyan - 2 for 4, HR, 2b

4-2 overall, 3-0 home, 1-2 road

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MIL	0  1  1  0  0  0  2  0  0  4  9  1


CHC	0  2  0  0  0  3  0  0  X  5  5  0




WP Prior (1-0)


LP Ohka (0-1)


S Guthrie (2)

Tomorrow's matchup:

Williams (Padres) vs Zambrano (Cubs)

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Hairston Jr (top) and Garciaparra (bottom) each had a home run in the game.

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Ramirez gets extra home run

Cubs walkoff in tenth

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cubs.gif The Cubs and Padres went into extra innings, with the Cubs walking off with the win in ten innings after a home run by Aramis Ramirez, his 6th of the year.

The late inning win gave Renyel Pinto his first win of the year, and he made a strong case for himself to become a starter next year, giving up only one hit in two innings of work.

Hoffman took the loss for the Padres.

Top Players

Burnitz - 2 for 5

Barrett - 2 for 3, 2B, RBI

Hernandez - 2 for 4, HR

5-2 overall, 4-0 home, 1-2 road

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SD	 1  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  2  8  2


CHC	0  1  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  1  3  11 1




WP Pinto (1-0)


LP Hoffman (0-1)

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Nomar (top) hits his third HR of the year, while Ramirez (bottom) celebrates with Corey Patterson after the walkoff HR.

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Cubs win 5th straight

Hollandsworth injured while trying to catch eventual HR

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cubs.gif The Cubs were able to win their 5th straight game, and continue to dominate at Wrigley Field.

The Cubs were helped by a pair of home runs, hit by Michael Barrett and Ben Grieve, who came into the game after Todd Hollandsworth strained his left ribcage while trying to rob Mark Loretta of a home run.

The Cubs did not place him on the DL, and he is expected to miss 5-7 days. Matt Lawton will take his place during his time recovering.

Glendon Rusch went 7 innings, and gave up 6 hits, two home runs, and stuck out two for the win. Guthrie got his third save by striking out one and giving up only one hit.

Eaton took the loss for the Padres.

Top Players

Garciaparra - 2 for 4

Barrett - 1 for 3, HR

6-2 overall, 5-0 home, 1-2 road

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SD	 0  1  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  2  8  1


CHC	0  0  2  2  0  0  0  0  0  4  7  0




WP Rusch (1-1)


LP Eaton (0-1)


S Guthrie (3)

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Ben Grieve (left) hits his first HR of the year, supporting Rusch (right), who gave seven strong innings.

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Cubs active on trade market

Shoppach, Alvarez coming to Chicago

cubs.gif The Cubs continued their activism on the trade market, making two big trades to get fresh talent into the clubhouse.

The Cubs traded starting pitcher Ricky Nolasco to Boston for catcher Kelly Shoppach, a young man behind the plate who is known for his defensive skills. Shoppach will most likely make a few starts this season, and will be a late inning defensive replacement.

They also traded current backup catcher Henry Blanco to the Dodgers for relief pitcher Wilson Alvarez, who will most likely be featured in the middle innings.

In a related move, Erick Almonte and Shoppach were called up from AAA Iowa. To make room on the roster, Jose Macias and Ben Grieve were sent down.

The trades move the Cubs pitching staff up to 13 players, leaving less options on the bench for pinch hits.

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Cubs drop finale

Shoppach gets first hit; Lineup baffled

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cubs.gif The Chicago Cubs saw their five-game win streak snapped at Wrigley field, as the team lost to the Padres.

In a day when a jumbled lineup looked to carry the Cubs offense through, with both Michael Barrett and Nomar Garciaparra sitting to get a day off, there was a lack of runs that came through, as the team only scored one run, and lost by a run, 2-1.

The trademark of the home series has been that the offense has hit the other team hard and early, but in this game, it didn't happen.

THe lineup saw LF replacement Matt Lawton hitting in the second spot, newly acquired catcher Kelly Shoppach batting sixth, and SS Erick Almonte batting seventh, but even some of the top hitters had problems. Aramis Ramirez (0-4), Jeromy Bernitz (0-4), and Derrek Lee (0-4) each could not get a hand on Lawrence, whos slightly sidearm delivery made it difficult.

Shoppach got his first career hit in the ninth, an RBI double.

Top Players

Shoppach (1-4), 2B, RBI

Lawton (2-4), 2 2Bs

Walker (1-3)

6-3 overall, 5-1 home, 1-2 road

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SD	   1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  1  2  15 1


CHC	  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  1  1  6  0




WP: Lawrence (1-1)


LP: Wood (1-1)


S: Hoffman (3)

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Kelly Shoppach gets his first career hit, an RBI double in the ninth.

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Trevor Hoffman celebrates his third save of the season.

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Cubs shutout Pirates

Team Matchup: Cubs (6-3) vs Pirates (5-4)

Pitching Matchup: Maddux (1-0) vs Burnett (0-0)

cubs.gif Behind Greg Maddux, the Cubs shutout the Pirates at PNC Park friday night, 5-0.

Maddux, who pitched six innings, only gave up two hits, both singles, and did not let any runner past first base.

The strong offense came in behind Maddux, with Derrek Lee driving in three runs and Michael Barrett two, both on home runs.

In the Cubs Clubhouse

"I was able to just hit my pitches tonight. Everything was just working how it should be." - Greg Maddux

"Hey, we're just out there winning right now. We just have to do this for 152 more games, and we'll be alright." - Todd Walker

Hitting Notables:

D. Lee - 2 for 4, HR, 3 RBI

M. Barrett - 1 for 3, HR, 2 RBI

M. Grissom - 1 for 3, single

J. Gerut - 1 for 3, single

Snapshots:

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Clockwise from Top Left: Lee stretches to get the out at first; Walker is taken out at second base; Lee connects for a three run home run; Lawton looks suprised after being tagged out while trying to steal.

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CHC	   0  2  3  0  0  0  0  0  0  5  9  0


PIT	  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  2  0




WP: Maddux (2-0)


LP: Burnett (0-1)

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