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Paging Kosuke Fukudome

Updated: October 4, 2008, 4:24 PM ET
Ryan Dempster is going into the Cubs' bullpen for Game 3, says Lou Piniella, and that means Big Z could start a Game 5, if there is a Game 5 between the Cubs and Dodgers.

This from the same Paul Sullivan notebook: Friday morning at O'Hare Airport, a voice came over the p.a. system, puzzling many passengers: "Paging Kosuke Fukudome, paging Kosuke Fukudome … Please report to the Cincinnati Reds. You have been traded for a player to be named later." Some of the passengers waiting for flights laughed; others cringed.

Fukudome has been benched, writes Chris DeLuca, and now the Cubs have a $38 million problem on their hands. Piniella gave some of his players a pep talk, writes Gordon Wittenmyer.

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