wrigley field from right bleachersNow that the Cubs aren’t facing Francisco Liriano, maybe they can actually do something against the Pirates.

They’ll need some help from Edwin Jackson, who looked like he was putting it together before a reappearance of some struggles.

The lineup is once again a bit wonky, with Luis Valbuena ceding the leadoff spot to Julio Borbon, and Anthony Rizzo returning to the three-hole in place of Nate Schierholtz, who falls all the way to sixth.

Game Info

Pittsburgh Pirates (53-32) at Chicago Cubs (36-48), 3:05 CT on WGN.

Game Thread and Series Preview

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The Series Preview for this series lives here.

Starting Pitchers

Charlie Morton (1-1, 2.50 ERA, 3.57 FIP)

versus

Edwin Jackson (4-10, 5.75 ERA, 3.79 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. Michael McKenry, C

7. Jose Tabata, RF

8. Jordy Mercer, SS

9. Charlie Morton, P

Chicago Cubs Lineup

1. Julio Borbon, CF

2. Starlin Castro, SS

3. Anthony Rizzo, 1B

4. Alfonso Soriano, LF

5. Luis Valbuena, 3B

6. Nate Schierholtz, RF

7. Darwin Barney, 2B

8. Welington Castillo, C

9. Edwin Jackson, P




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