pnc parkThe Cubs will try to win their first series of the year – in the actual first series of the year, as opposed to some random May series – behind Travis Wood. The temperatures should be a touch better today than they were last night, so, maybe that will somehow disproportionately help the Cubs.

The regular lineup is back to face James McDonald, save for Welington Castillo, who gets a regular day off. Hopefully Dioner Navarro’s hot Spring carries over.

Game Info

Chicago Cubs (1-1) at Pittsburgh Pirates (1-1), 11:35 CT on WGN.

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

Travis Wood (0-0, -.– ERA)

versus

James McDonald (0-0, -.– ERA)

Pittsburgh Pirates Lineup

1. Starling Marte, LF

2. Russell Martin, C

3. Andrew McCutchen, CF

4. Gaby Sanchez, 1B

5. Pedro Alvarez, 3B

6. Neil Walker, 2B

7. Jose Tabata, RF

8. Clint Barmes, SS

9. James McDonald, P

Chicago Cubs Lineup

1. David DeJesus, CF

2. Starlin Castro, SS

3. Anthony Rizzo, 1B

4. Alfonso Soriano, LF

5. Nate Schierholtz, RF

6. Dioner Navarro, C

7. Luis Valbuena, 3B

8. Brent Lillibridge, 2B

9. Travis Wood, P


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