Cubs welcome Rox to Wrigley for four

Cubs welcome Rox to Wrigley for four

It's back to day baseball at Wrigley Field.

The Chicago Cubs will begin a four-game series against the Colorado Rockies on Thursday. Carlos Zambrano, Mark Prior, Glendon Rusch and Sergio Mitre are scheduled to start for the Cubs.

It's hard to know what to expect from Zambrano. The right-hander threw seven scoreless innings in his last start against the Chicago White Sox, striking out eight. He's had some soreness in his right forearm below his elbow, and the Cubs wanted him to cut back on batting practice. He didn't.

They wanted him to reduce the amount of time he spent on the computer. He did, and now e-mails his family in Venezuela for one to two hours a day, instead of four to five hours.

On May 7, 2004, Zambrano threw a two-hit complete-game shutout against the Rockies, and was 1-0 in two starts against them last year.

Whenever he starts, he is entertaining.

The Cubs expect Corey Patterson back in the lineup following a two-game absence. The center fielder suffered a mild sprain of his left wrist after a collision on Monday night with Jeromy Burnitz, and did not start Tuesday or Wednesday.

Pitching matchup
COL: RHP Jason Jennings
• 1-6, 7.05 ERA in 2005
• 1-1, 4.85 ERA in 2004 vs. CHC

CHC: RHP Carlos Zambrano
• 3-2, 3.59 ERA in 2005
• 1-0, 2.40 ERA in 2004 vs. COL

Player to watch
Neifi Perez is a career .375 hitter against the Rockies, and is 8-for-14 lifetime against Jennings with a double.

"You can run all you want to, and guys can steal second 18 times a game. It still comes down to guys [have] to hit with runners in scoring position." -- Cubs manager Dusty Baker on the offense

On the Internet
 Gameday Audio
Official game notes

On television
• COL: Fox Sports Net

On radio
• COL: KOA 850 AM
• CHC: WGN 720 AM

Quick hits
The Cubs were 5-1 against the Rockies last year. ... Colorado is 3-20 on the road this year. ... Todd Helton is 3-for-13 against Zambrano while Aaron Miles is 2-for-7, and Preston Wilson is 1-for-9. ... Michael Barrett is 1-for-3 against Jennings, Jeromy Burnitz is 1-for-7, Todd Hollandsworth is 3-for-3, Derrek Lee is 3-for-12, Patterson 2-for-9, Aramis Ramirez is 1-for-8 and Todd Walker is 3-for-10. ... Walker was activated from the disabled list on Wednesday, and left-hander Mike Remlinger (non-displaced fracture of his left little finger) was placed on the 15-day DL retroactive to May 21.

On deck
• Friday: vs. Rockies, 1:20 p.m. CT
• Saturday: vs. Rockies, 12:05 p.m. CT
• Sunday: vs. Rockies, 1:20 p.m. CT

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