wrigley field from right bleachersThe Cubs head home after a mostly successful West Coast swing to face the best team in baseball, the Pittsburgh Pirates. They’ll see a familiar face in Francisco Liriano, and the Pirates will see a familiar face in Jeff Samardzija.

The game is at 3:05pm and it’s a Friday, so this must be one of them new-fangled 3:05pm Friday starts. We’ll see if it’s awesome.

The Cubs’ lineup is all kinds of crazy today.

Game Info

Pittsburgh Pirates (52-32) at Chicago Cubs (36-47), 3:05 CT on CSN, MLBN.

Game Thread and Series Preview

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The Series Preview for this series lives here.

Starting Pitchers

Francisco Liriano (7-3, 2.23 ERA, 2.42 FIP)

versus

Jeff Samardzija (5-7, 3.34 ERA, 3.15 FIP)

Pittsburgh Pirates Lineup

1. Starling Marte, LF

2. Neil Walker, 2B

3. Andrew McCutchen, CF

4. Garrett Jones, 1B

5. Pedro Alvarez, 3B

6. Russell Martin, C

7. Jose Tabata, RF

8. Jordy Mercer, SS

9. Francisco Liriano, P

Chicago Cubs Lineup

1. Dave Sappelt, CF

2. Starlin Castro, SS

3. Dioner Navarro, C

4. Alfonso Soriano, LF

5. Cody Ransom, 3B

6. Anthony Rizzo, 1B

7. Scott Hairston, RF

8. Darwin Barney, 2B

9. Jeff Samardzija, P




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