The Cubs close out a kinda-sorta two-game series against the Reds (and, for the third straight time, they won’t lose the series!). Ryan Demspter returns from the disabled list to take the start, on this, his 35th birthday. Across the aisle is another birthday boy, Homer Bailey, who turns 26.

Tony Campana gets the day off, but maybe he can pinch run his way to those 100 steals.

Game Info

Chicago Cubs (9-15) at Cincinnati Reds (11-12), 11:35pm CT on CSN.

Game Thread and Series Preview

The Game Thread lives here. You should participate in the madness. And, of course, for those who aren’t into message board-style game threads, please feel free to use the comments on this post for your in-game commentary/outbursts.

The Series Preview for this series lives here.

Starting Pitchers

Ryan Dempster (0-1, 1.33 ERA, 0.934 WHIP)

versus

Homer Bailey (1-2, 3.60 ERA, 1.360 WHIP)

Cincinnati Reds Lineup

1. Chris Heisey, CF

2. Willie Harris, 3B

3. Joey Votto, 1B

4. Brandon Phillips, 2B

5. Jay Bruce, RF

6. Ryan Ludwick, LF

7. Devin Mesoraco, C

8. Wilson Valdez, SS

9. Homer Bailey, P

Chicago Cubs Lineup

1. David DeJesus, RF

2. Darwin Barney, 2B

3. Starlin Castro, SS

4. Bryan LaHair, 1B

5. Alfonso Soriano, LF

6. Ian Stewart, 3B

7. Reed Johnson, CF

8. Geovany Soto, C

9. Ryan Dempster, P



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