wrigley field from right bleachersThe Cubs will try to beat the unbeatable Dodgers again today. (The “again” refers to the “try,” not the “beat.”)

They’ll have a new addition in the process: veteran infielder Donnie Murphy, who’s been playing at AAA Iowa for most of the year. The 30-year-old can play anywhere in the infield, but he doesn’t bring much of a bat to the equation. Given that there are now just four outfielders on the roster, it’s fair to wonder – when Brian Bogusevic is ready to come off the DL, for example – if Murphy, or Cody Ransom, won’t be long for the roster.

Game Info

Los Angeles Dodgers (59-49) at Chicago Cubs (49-60), 3:05 CT on FOX.

Game Thread and Series Preview

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Starting Pitchers

Chris Capuano (3-6, 4.54 ERA, 3.87 FIP)


Jeff Samardzija (6-9, 3.75 ERA, 3.60 FIP)

Los Angeles Dodgers Lineup

1. Carl Crawford, LF

2. Yasiel Puig, RF

3. Hanley Ramirez, SS

4. Andre Either, CF

5. Jerry Hairston, 3B

6. Skip Schumaker, 2B

7. Scott Van Slyke, 1B

8. Tim Federowicz, C

9. Chris Capuano, P

Chicago Cubs Lineup

1. Junior Lake, CF

2. Cole Gillespie, LF

3. Anthony Rizzo, 1B

4. Welington Castillo, C

5. Starlin Castro, SS

6. Nate Schierholtz, RF

7. Cody Ransom, 3B

8. Darwin Barney, 2B

9. Jeff Samardzija, P

  • http://cubsdailyrecaps.blogspot.com Jason P

    Albert Almora not in the lineup tonight. Possible promotion?

  • Deacon

    Shark has an ERA close to 4.00 and seems to max out around 6 innings (if you were concerned about pitch count which Sveum ignores).

    That’s a #3 SP not a #1.

  • William

    Donnie Murphy couldn’t be any worse of a hitter than Cody Ransom.

  • rockin’ dawg

    Valbuena to the DL….time to bring up Vitters or Olt!

    • Mr. P

      Vitters is on the DL and Olt is hitting like he should be on the DL. I think Olt would fail miserably right now so that might not be the best thing for his development. This could be why Donnie Murphy was brought up.

  • Mick

    Is Sveum representing the Cubs at the big Hall of Fame ceremonies tonight? He is quite the toastmaster.