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There were several other sparkling plays, including when Xavier Paul slid across the right-field bullpen mound to catch Lilly's pop down the line in the third and avoid first baseman James Loney. Second baseman Blake DeWitt dove to snag Starlin Castro's liner in the sixth after bobbling the ball.
And the Cubs got a sliding catch from second baseman Ryan Theriot on Johnson's foul pop to the right-field bullpen in the sixth, drawing loud cheers from the crowd.
NOTES: Dodgers OF Andre Ethier, out with a broken right pinky finger, could return from the 15-day disabled list Monday. Manager Joe Torre said he's scheduled to play for Triple-A Albuquerque on Friday and Saturday and take Sunday off. ... The Dodgers designated RHP Ramon Ortiz for assignment and purchased the contract of right-hander Justin Miller from Triple-A. ... The Cubs hope to have 3B Aramis Ramirez back in the lineup Friday against St. Louis after holding him out for the fourth straight game because of a bruised left thumb. ... Manager Lou Piniella agrees that Tom Gorzelanny doesn't deserve to lose his spot in the rotation. The problem is someone has to go to the bullpen to make room for Carlos Zambrano. "I don't think anybody deserves it, but we're not going to have a six-man rotation," Piniella said. No decision has been announced. Gorzelanny (2-5, 3.66 ERA) could be the odd man out after allowing a season-high seven runs (five earned) in five-plus innings on Wednesday, although he said afterward he doesn't deserve to be. Zambrano, who moved to the bullpen last month, is expected to start early next week.
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