wrigley field from right bleachersIt’s been a rough week for the Cubs, it seems, and they need Jeff Samardzija to help stop the bleeding. Then again, Travis Wood pitched well yesterday, and there’s only so much you can do when the Cubs score zero.

Game Info

Pittsburgh Pirates (36-25) at Chicago Cubs (24-34), 3:05 CT on CSN.

Game Thread and Series Preview

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The Series Preview for this series lives here.

Starting Pitchers

A.J. Burnett (3-6, 3.22 ERA, 3.21 FIP)

versus

Jeff Samardzija (3-6, 2.96 ERA, 3.06 FIP)

Pittsburgh Pirates Lineup

1. Starling Marte, LF

2. Travis Snider, RF

3. Andrew McCutchen, CF

4. Garrett Jones, 1B

5. Russell Martin, C

6. Pedro Alvarez, 3B

7. Neil Walker, 2B

8. Clint Barmes, SS

9. AJ Burnett, P

Chicago Cubs Lineup

1. David DeJesus, CF

2. Luis Valbuena, 3B

3. Anthony Rizzo, 1B

4. Alfonso Soriano, LF

5. Nate Schierholtz, RF

6. Welington Castillo, C

7. Starlin Castro, SS

8. Darwin Barney, 2B

9. Jeff Samardzija, P



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