pnc parkThe Cubs can split the four-game series with the Pirates today. Doing so could knock the Pirates out of a tie for first in the NL Central with the Cardinals. With the Cardinals. The Cubs could do that today. By winning against the Pirates. Er herm.

Game Info

Chicago Cubs (63-85) at Pittsburgh Pirates (86-62), 12:35 CT on WGN.

Game Thread and Series Preview

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The Series Preview lives here.

Starting Pitchers

Travis Wood (9-11, 3.05 ERA, 3.87 FIP)

versus

Francisco Liriano (16-7, 2.92 ERA, 2.73 FIP)

Pittsburgh Pirates Lineup

1. Jose Tabata, LF

2. Jordy Mercer, SS

3. Andrew McCutchen, CF

4. Marlon Byrd, RF

5. Gaby Sanchez, 1B

6. Pedro Alvarez, 3B

7. Tony Sanchez, C

8. Neil Walker, 2B

9. Francisco Liriano, P

Chicago Cubs Lineup

1. Starlin Castro, SS

2. Darwin Barney, 2B

3. Anthony Rizzo, 1B

4. Donnie Murphy, 3B

5. Junior Lake, CF

6. Welington Castillo, C

7. Darnell McDonald, RF

8. Brian Bogusevic, LF

9. Travis Wood, P




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