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wrigley field inside featureI still can’t believe the Chicago Cubs have been the top team in the National League over the last 31 games.

They’ll look to continue that streak by winning this series against the Pirates. It’s Travis Wood against reclamation project Vance Worley, whose career looked over in Minnesota. The Cubs – well, the Cubs of old, anyway – have done a good job of making guys like that feel good about their career arc again.

Game Info

Pittsburgh Pirates (35-38) at Chicago Cubs (31-40), 6:15 CT on WGN, FOX.

Game Thread and Series Preview

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The Series Preview lives here.

Starting Pitchers

Vance Worley (0.00 ERA, 1.66 FIP, 3.50 xFIP; 5.00 K/BB (7 innings))

versus

Travis Wood (4.48 ERA, 3.96 FIP, 4.48 xFIP; 2.23 K/BB)

Pittsburgh Pirates Lineup

1. Gregory Polanco, RF

2. Josh Harrison, 3B

3. Andrew McCutchen, CF

4. Russell Martin, C

5. Jose Tabata, LF

6. Gaby Sanchez, 1B

7. Jordy Mercer, SS

8. Clint Barmes, 2B

9. Vance Worley, P

Chicago Cubs Lineup

1. Chris Coghlan, LF

2. Justin Ruggiano, RF

3. Anthony Rizzo, 1B

4. Starlin Castro, SS

5. Luis Valbuena, 3B

6. Junior Lake, CF

7. Darwin Barney, 2B

8. Eli Whiteside, C

9. Travis Wood, P

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