"Mildly Annoyed?"
Dusty Baker
Dusty Baker
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Posted May 12, 2006


Dusty Baker leaves San Francisco with a little more hassle than he cared to have after dropping two out of three games to his former team.

But this week, a San Francisco columnist wrote that Baker was "mildly annoyed" he hasn't received an extension after general manager Jim Hendry was given a two-year extension in April. Baker said he did not say that.

"That's the writer's opinion -- I can't control what somebody writes," Baker said. "How do you expect to be offered a contract when you are losing eight games in a row? I'm being as honest as I can be."

Baker continues to say he wants to stay in Chicago even though there are been reports surfacing the past two seasons that he wants to leave.

This is a story that will not go away until Baker gets an extension offer.

REPLAY: The Cubs left San Francisco without giving up a historic home run to Barry Bonds, but they are not exactly jumping for joy. They concluded a miserable road trip with a 9-3 loss to San Francisco on Thursday afternoon at AT&T Park. Chicago scored all three runs in the final two innings after trailing 9-0. The Cubs finished the road trip against Arizona, San Diego and the Giants with a 1-8 mark.

But for three games, Cubs pitchers prevented Bonds from hitting his 714th career home run, which would have tied Babe Ruth for second on the all-time list.

NOTES, QUOTES

--INF/OF John Mabry may find a home at first base while Derrek Lee (injured wrist) is out of action. Mabry started at first for the second game in a row on Thursday against San Francisco. Manager Dusty Baker liked some of the plays Mabry made Wednesday night, and by moving Todd Walker back to second base, Mabry could provide a small boost to a struggling offense.

--LHP Sean Marshall failed to become the first Cubs rookie starting pitcher to go 3-0 since Frank Castillo (1991) when he gave up nine runs in 3 2/3 innings in a 9-3 loss to San Francisco on Thursday. The rough outing was the worst of his brief major league career and came off two brilliant performances in which he gave up just two runs in 13 1/3 innings.

--2B Todd Walker, who was well over .300 most of the season, went 1 for 11 against San Francisco, and his average dipped to .294.

--RHP Scott Williamson, who has been banged up with a leg problem, pitched a scoreless inning against San Francisco on Thursday. It was his first appearance since giving up a game-winning run against San Diego in the 11th inning on May 5.

--RHP Mark Prior (sore shoulder) is ready to throw a simulated game on Sunday during extended spring training in Arizona. Prior said he hopes to make his season debut with the team by the end of the month, but that will depend on how many simulated games and rehab starts he needs.

BY THE NUMBERS: 7 -- Consecutive games the Cubs went without a homer until Saturday. The last time the Cubs had a drought that long was April 25-May 3, 1999, when they went eight straight games without one.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "It's cool. It's always nice to have a good month -- it really is. I'm very honored to still be pitching let alone win an honor like that. It's a good start. But I have to win (tonight). Give yourself a quick pat on the back and get ready for your next game." -- Greg Maddux, 40, on winning the National League Pitcher of the Month award for April.


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