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Cooler head prevails in Cubs-Sox game

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  • Cubs manager Mike Quade, left, White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen before Monday's crosstown game at U.S. Cellular Field.

      Cubs manager Mike Quade, left, White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen before Monday's crosstown game at U.S. Cellular Field.
    Bev Horne | Staff Photographer

 
 

Kicking themselves: Ozzie Guillen's 30-yard field goal attempt using Geo Soto's mask said it all for the White Sox on one frustrating Monday night at the Cell, where an early 3-0 lead morphed into a 6-3 loss.

Big Z taking it E-Z: Paul Konerko's 20th home run of the season made it 3-0 in the first inning. But while the red-hot Paulie unloaded and the scoreboard exploded, Carlos Zambrano never imploded. And that is the story of the game.

Suddenly: The race is really on for the historic BP Cup!!

Big bat: Call him Kon-eerko, Konerko or just plain Paulie. Just make sure to reserve a spot for him at the All-Star Game. No one deserves it more.

Golden gun: As hot as Konerko's bat has been, that's how good Kosuke Fukodome's arm has been. Just ask Mark Teahen … or Milwaukee's Rickie Weeks for that matter.

Carlos, Carlos … Carlos: Zambrano goes 8 strong; Pena hits the game-winning homer in the sixth; and, after some tense moments, Marmol picks up the save to take the series opener.

BTW: What would have happened if Marmol had blown the save for Zambrano again? I don't think anyone wanted to find out.

Voice equation: Tom Ricketts = Michael McCaskey.

Incognito in Chicago: Cubs manager Mike Quade said he took the Red Line to the Cell, and very few people recognized him. Is that good or bad?

Nighttime is the right time? Have to say, the first weekday night game at the Cell in 10 years was kind of a dud.

Don't look now: But the Twins are tied with the White Sox in the loss column.

The quote: "He was extremely poised. He was able to settle down. He's the real hero." -- Cubs first baseman Carlos Pena on winning pitcher Carlos Zambrano

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