I have been trying to write this Pre-Gamin’ for two hours, but stuff keeps happening!

Ok. So the Cubs are playing a baseball game tonight against the Pirates. We’ll keep listening for Ryan Dempster news, but, unless it’s announced in the next 30 minutes (doubtful, given that Dempster was throwing in the bullpen before the game, per his usual routine), I don’t expect to hear anything during the game.

Game Info

Chicago Cubs (38-56) at Pittsburgh Pirates (54-40), 6:05pm 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

Jeff Samardzija (6-8, 4.57 ERA, 3.67 FIP)

versus

Erik Bedard (5-10, 4.55 ERA, 4.01 FIP)

Pittsburgh Pirates Lineup

1. Alex Presley, LF

2. Neil Walker, 2B

3. Andrew McCutchen, CF

4. Garrett Jones, RF

5. Casey McGehee, 1B

6. Pedro Alvarez, 3B

7. Rod Barajas, C

8. Clint Barmes, SS

9. Erik Bedard, P

Chicago Cubs Lineup

1. Reed Johnson, CF

2. Starlin Castro, SS

3. Anthony Rizzo, 1B

4. Alfonso Soriano, LF

5. Jeff Baker, RF

6. Geovany Soto, C

7. Joe Mather, 3B

8. Darwin Barney, 2B

9. Jeff Samardzija, P



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