The Cubs can still nail down a series win tonight by taking down the Red Sox, who are offering up Franklin Morales in place of the injured Josh Beckett. Morales is making his first start in three years, so he’s certain to struggle against the Cubs, right?

The game is a national one on ESPN, so at least you’ll be able to cap off your Father’s Day with baseball.

Game Info

Boston Red Sox (32-33) at Chicago Cubs (22-43), 7:00pm CT on ESPN.

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

Franklin Morales (0-1, 3.04 ERA, 1.225 WHIP)

versus

Paul Maholm (4-5, 4.91 ERA, 1.333 WHIP)

Boston Red Sox Lineup

1. Scott Podsednik, LF

2. Dustin Pedroia, 2B

3. Kevin Youkilis, 3B

4. David Ortiz, 1B

5. Mike Aviles, SS

6. Darnell McDonald, RF

7. Kelly Shoppach, C

8. Ryan Kalish, CF

9. Franklin Morales, P

Chicago Cubs Lineup

1. Reed Johnson, RF

2. Darwin Barney, 2B

3. Starlin Castro,SS

4. Alfonso Soriano, LF

5. Jeff Baker, 1B

6. Joe Mather, CF

7. Welington Castillo, C

8. Luis Valbuena, 3B

9. Paul Maholm, P


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