Let’s play two!

It’s the Cubs’ first doubleheader of the year, and it’s the first time we’ll see the Cubs with a 26-man roster (a new CBA rule), as they call up Brooks Raley to take the ball in the second game. He’ll go against a 27-year-old making his major league debut, so you can expect that Raley won’t get much run support …

Game Info

Chicago Cubs (46-71) at Cincinnati Reds (72-47), 12:10 CT, 6:10pm CT on CSN (and CSN).

Game Thread and Series Preview

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The Series Preview for this series lives here.

Starting Pitchers

Jeff Samardzija (8-10, 4.06 ERA, 3.54 FIP) and Brooks Raley (0-2, 9.00 ERA, 7.00 FIP)

versus

Johnny Cueto (15-6, 2.45 ERA, 3.04 FIP) and Todd Redmond (MLB Debut)

Cincinnati Reds Lineup

(First game)

1. Zack Cosart, SS

2. Chris Heisey, CF

3. Brandon Phillips, 2B

4. Jay Bruce, RF

5. Todd Frazier, 3B

6. Xavier Paul, LF

7. Miguel Cairo, 1B

8. Ryan Hanigan, C

9. Johnny Cueto, P

Chicago Cubs Lineup

(First game)

1. David DeJesus, RF

2. Josh Vitters, 3B

3. Anthony Rizzo, 1B

4. Alfonso Soriano, LF

5. Starlin Castro, SS

6. Welington Castillo, C

7. Brett Jackson, CF

8. Darwin Barney, 2B

9. Jeff Samardzija, P




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