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NLDS Game 3 lineups

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They just posted the lineups for Game 3 of the National League Division Series today at Wrigley Field. Two notable changes for the Cubs from Games 1 and 2 are slumping Aramis Ramirez was dropped to fifth with Cliff Floyd now batting cleanup, and veteran Jason Kendall catching instead of rookie Geovany Soto.

If you are interested in Cubs manager Lou Piniella's thoughts on the eve of Game 3 of the National League Division Series against the Arizona Diamondbacks, here is a transcript from his meeting with reporters Friday afternoon at Wrigley Field.

Despite hitting the Cubs’ only home run in the National League Division Series, rookie catcher Geovany Soto won’t get the starting not for Game 3 at Wrigley Field on Saturday.

PHOENIX — Considering the Cubs are teetering on the brink of elimination, left-hander Ted Lilly slamming his glove into the mound after yielding a three-run homer to the Arizona Diamondbacks’ Chris Young might be the lasting image from a sour October.

‘‘I’ve never seen a pitcher throw their glove like that on the mound,’’ manager Lou Piniella said late Thursday night, minutes after the D-backs closed out an 8-4 victory over the Cubs to open a 2-0 lead in the best-of-five series.

PHOENIX — Cubs players got their first look Thursday at Piniella’s starring role in a bottled-water commercial in which he pitches a fit with an umpire, gets ejected, throws a base and then cools off with a cold bottle of water as he strolls off the field.

PHOENIX — Cubs manager Lou Piniella became the center of water-cooler talk around the country today after his questionable decision to pull ace Carlos Zambrano after six innings and just 85 pitches in Game 1 of the National League Division Series, an eventual 3-1 victory by the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Facing a steady stream of questions on the topic before Game 2, here is a sampling of what Piniella had to say:

Soto chases history

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PHOENIX — With his two-run blast off Diamondback left-hander Doug Davis in the second inning of Game 2 of the National League Division Series, catcher Geovany Soto became the first Cubs rookie to hit a postseason home run since Frank Demaree in 1932.

PHOENIX — For the first time since 2001, the Cubs will open the season at Wrigley Field in a National League Central showdown against the Milwaukee Brewers, according to a tentative 2008 schedule released by the Brewers.

If to Eyre is human, Lou Piniella is divine. The Cubs’ manager is determined to get his left-handed reliever’s name right one of these days – especially after an exchange with beat reporters that went like this Wednesday:

PHOENIX — Veteran catcher Jason Kendall didn’t know his status until the lineup card was posted before Game 1 of the National League Division Series. Kendall was on the bench, with rookie Geovany Soto getting the starting nod.

‘‘I’m not hurt, but everybody wants to play,’’ Kendall said, sitting in the dugout before the game. ‘‘If you don’t want to play, you are probably in the wrong business. We’ll see what happens.

PHOENIX — Keeping true to his form, Cubs manager Lou Piniella unveiled a lineup before Game 1 of the National League Division Series against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday night that looked nothing like the card who showed the day before.

Piniella sets roster

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PHOENIX — Cubs manager Lou Piniella announced his 25-man National League Division Series roster after the team’s brief workout Tuesday afternoon at Chase Field.

PHOENIX — Before the Diamondbacks' workout Tuesday at Chase Field, manager Bob Melvin announced his starting lineup for Game 1 of the National League Division Series against the Cubs.

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