Due to the previously mentioned mini vacation with The Wife, the EBS for this game is likely to be delayed until a few hours after the end of the game. A thousand apologies.

Brett Jackson and Anthony Rizzo are, indeed, back in the lineup after missing some time. Good to see they both avoided even medium-ish injuries. Just really bad owwies.

Game Info

Pittsburgh Pirates (72-70) at Chicago Cubs (56-87), 1:20 CT on WGN.

Game Thread and Series Preview

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The Series Preview for this series lives here.

Starting Pitchers

James McDonald (12-7, 3.93 ERA, 2.33 K/BB)

versus

Chris Rusin (0-2, 5.73 ERA, 1.50 K/BB)

Pittsburgh Pirates Lineup

1. Brock Holt, 2B

2. Starling Marte, LF

3. Andrew McCutchen, CF

4. Garrett Jones, RF

5. Gaby Sanchez, 1B

6. Michael McKenry, C

7. Pedro Alvarez, 3B

8. Clint Barmes, SS

9. James McDonald, P

Chicago Cubs Lineup

1. David DeJesus, RF

2. Luis Valbuena, 3B

3. Anthony Rizzo, 1B

4. Alfonso Soriano, LF

5. Starlin Castro, SS

6. Steve Clevenger, C

7. Brett Jackson, CF

8. Darwin Barney, 2B

9. Chris Rusin, P




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