Hawkins officially loses closing job.
ESPN Box Score - Yesterday's game, Cubs 2, Phillies 1
Apparently this is a little old (more than 24 hours). For those of you who didn't notice, the Cubs won their first game in over a week yesterday, beating the Phillies 2-1 on a Complete Game pitched by Zambrano. Had the club needed help from another pitcher, however, the man would have been Ryan Dempster. Here is an excerpt from ESPN.com's page for the Cubs:
Ryan Dempster Named Closer
After Latroy Hawkins blew another save, Dusty Baker has finally named the new closer, Ryan Dempster. Hawkins will revert back to the set-up role and Dempster will be the full-time closer even if Joe Borowski returns to full health. The Cubs have assured Dempster, it is his job to lose. When Borowski does return in a week or so, expect him to work the 7th and 8th innings. However, Borowski should get his chance soon enough because I don't think anyone expects Dempster to be perfect. "
Interesting stuff... and go Cubbies in snapping the 7-game losing streak!!!