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Lou keeps playing name game

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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:

PINIELLA (talking about his bullpen): I’ve got [Carlos] Marmol and Kerry [Wood] and maybe Stevie Eyre to get us to [Bob] Howry. And Howry getting us to [Ryan] Dempster.’’

(Pause)

REPORTER: Did you do that on purpose?

PINIELLA: What’s that?

REPORTER: ``Stevie Eyre.’’

PINIELLA: Is it Eyre? What is it?

REPORTERS (together): It’s Scott.

PINIELLA: Well, God, I say the same thing all the time. I had a Stevie Eyre in Cincinnati. How about that?

REPORTER: Really? You said once that wasn’t true.

PINIELLA: Maybe I didn’t. I don’t know, what the hell. Why do I say `Steve’ all the time? [Looking at media relations man Peter Chase] Remind me of that.

CHASE: I do.

REPORTER: Just think `Great Scott.’

PINIELLA: Great Scott. I won’t forget anymore. … What the hell’s wrong with me? Scotty. Scotty. Scotty. You know what, when I mention his name, is it `Air’ or `Ire’?

REPORTERS AND CHASE: ``Air.’’

PINIELLA: So I said the `Eyre’ right. Scott Eyre. I love it. There won’t be any more problems.

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Pinella is the worse! he is playing for sunday like there is a guaranteed game sunday!

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