Notes: Sizzling Lee moves up in order

Notes: Sizzling Lee moves up in order

ST. LOUIS -- Derrek Lee, the Chicago Cubs' hottest hitter this month, moved up to the third spot in the lineup Wednesday to sub for struggling Nomar Garciaparra.

Lee entered Wednesday's game with 17 RBIs, four homers and a .385 average. He batted third once last year, and was 0-for-3.

"I tinkered with it," Cubs manager Dusty Baker said about realigning his lineup. "In order to keep our lineup the same, and balanced and left-right, that was the best move to be made without tearing up the lineup."

With 10 games remaining in April, Lee will have to get even hotter to match the Cubs' record for most RBIs in the month. Billy Williams holds the mark with 25, set in 1970. That month, Williams played 18 games.

Since 1969, the Major League record for RBIs in April is 35, set by Texas' Juan Gonzalez in 1998. Eleven players have had 30 or more RBIs in April since 1969, most recently Manny Ramirez (31) and Larry Walker (30) in 2001.

Lee's best April RBI-wise was 1998, with Florida, when he drove in 21.

Web gem: Corey Patterson added to his personal highlight film with his leaping catch at the wall at Great American Ball Park on Tuesday.

"I knew I had a pretty good jump on it from the get-go," the center fielder said Wednesday. "When you get plays like that when balls are close to the wall, you have to tell yourself that you know it's close and you can't flinch.

"When you flinch, you take your eye off the ball," Patterson explained. "That happened to me earlier in Arizona. Jose Cruz hit a ball toward my head and I got back to the wall and I flinched, and when I flinched, my head moved from the ball and I lost it.

"This time, I said, 'Keep your head on it,' and I braced myself, and that's what I was able to do."

What helped Patterson was knowing the ballpark so well.

"Everything happened so quick," he said. "I think just from playing in the outfield so much and just going back on the balls, you just sense it. I knew I was going to run into the wall, but don't flinch or pull your head at the last minute. I knew it was going to be bang-bang."

Atlanta's Andruw Jones and St. Louis' Jim Edmonds each have won seven Gold Gloves. Patterson is not quite in their class, Baker said.

"Not yet," Baker said. "He's getting there. I told him that's where I want him to be. I think he has the skill level to get there. I told him that in Spring Training. He's working at it, he's getting there. I believe he'll be there soon."

Baker didn't watch a replay of Patterson's catch. He usually doesn't watch TV replays.

"I've got them in my mind," Baker said. "It's still in color at this age."

   Joe Borowski  /   P
Born: 05/04/71
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 225 lbs
Bats: R / Throws: R

Step by step: Joe Borowski threw off a mound for the second day on Wednesday, accelerating his rehab schedule. The reliever, who suffered a non-displaced fracture in his right wrist on March 21, threw about 25-30 pitches and reported no problems.

"It held up two days and it didn't explode," he said.

Borowski will take Thursday off and when he returns to Chicago, he'll have X-rays taken again. Team physicians gave him the go-ahead to throw.

"[The team doctor] said if it feels comfortable, go ahead," Borowski said. "It felt fantastic."

Funny thing is, Borowski never threw back-to-back days during Spring Training before he was hurt, so this was the first time. He's only throwing fastballs, and the next test will be to throw breaking balls off flat ground.

Extra bases: The Cubs were a man short in the bullpen Wednesday. Left-hander Glendon Rusch was still nursing a tender groin. "If it was August or September, maybe [he'd be available]," Baker said. "But with so far to go, you don't want to risk losing him." ... Patterson is not wearing the shin guard because it didn't fit him well and kept sliding down. He hopes to be fitted with a new one when the team returns to Chicago. ... Wednesday marked the first meeting of the season between the Cubs and Cardinals. "It always means more when it's the Cardinals playing the Cubs," Baker said. "You listen to the people, you see the energy and excitement, it does mean a lot. I'm not going to lie about that. You've got to come with your 'A' game." ... Cardinals manager Tony La Russa has authored a new book about the 2003 season. Baker was asked if he considered writing a memoir. He's been approached by several writers about the possibility. "No. 1, you don't need to know any more about me than necessary," he said when asked why he hasn't done so. "And No. 2, it's hard to tell the truth and not cause some turmoil when you're still in it."

Sing-along: Phil Lesh from the Grateful Dead is scheduled to lead the Wrigley Field crowd in "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" during the seventh-inning stretch on Friday, when the Cubs open a homestand against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

It'll be a Hall of Fame weekend as Billy Williams sings Saturday and Ernie Banks on Sunday.

On Monday, when the Cubs play host to the Cincinnati Reds, the Glenbrook North High School boys basketball team, which won the state championship, will sing. Next Tuesday will be WGN Radio's own Pat Hughes and Ron Santo, and next Wednesday will be Cubs TV broadcasters Len Kasper and Bob Brenly. Monday also is the first night game at Wrigley Field.

Minor matters: Sergio Mitre threw seven scoreless innings and gave up two hits for Triple-A Iowa in a 7-0 victory over Round Rock on Tuesday. Mitre struck out five and walked two. David Kelton was 2-for-4 for Iowa. ... Felix Pie was 2-for-4 with two stolen bases in Double-A West Tenn's 6-4 win over Tennessee. ... Carlos Marmol struck out 10 batters to lead Class A Daytona to a 7-5 win over Jupiter.

On deck: Right-hander Ryan Dempster will close this brief two-game series in St. Louis against Chris Carpenter. Dempster has not faced the Cardinals since 2003, and that was in relief. Scattered thunderstorms are in the forecast for Thursday.

Carrie Muskat is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.