If you don't really understand all this talk about the waiver wire, you're not alone.
"I heard Ozzie (Guillen) talking about the waiver thing; I really don't understand it as much and don't get it," Cubs manager Mike Quade said, "but I know Randy (Bush) is taking care of it."
Carlos Pena, who on numerous ocassions has expressed a desire to remain in Chicago, was claimed by the Yankees and then pulled back.
Quade made one thing clear about his first baseman.
"He isn't going anywhere."
Braves catcher Brian McCann snapped an 0-for-15 skid and a personal 0-for-29 slide against the Cubs in a big way Thursday -- with a 3-run home run to right in the first inning.
"What more can you ask for? He puts us on his back and carries us some days," Braves starter Brandon Beachy said. "He's tremendous behind the plate at the same time. It's nice to have."
McCann also added a solo shot in the in the seventh, but it was the big blow in the first off Matt Garza that got things going.
"That wasn't a mistake; that was a good pitch to McCann -- a changeup down," Garza said. "He just went and got it."
After getting hit by a pitch on the right forearm Wednesday night, Alfonso Soriano was held out of the lineup for Thursday's series finale with the Braves.
"He's a little sore, a little swollen -- not bad," manager Mike Quade said. "Let's get him ready for Milwaukee."
By the numbers:
The Braves and the Phillies are the only two clubs in the majors who have yet to suffer a series sweep of three or more games. ... Aramis Ramirez is 1 home run away from joining Billy Williams as the only Cubs players in history to hit at least 30 doubles and 25 homers six times. Ramirez's eighth-inning double Thursday was his 700th career extra basehit.
He said it:
"A little bit of progress … everywhere."
-- Cubs manager Mike Quade on his team's success over the past month.