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wrigley field inside featureAlthough the midway point of the 2014 season actually passed a little while ago, today marks the day we colloquially think of as the end of the first half. Teams break for the All-Star festivities this week, and the Cubs won’t have another game until Friday.

Today, Travis Wood will try not only to give the Cubs a series win to button things up, but also to give himself a solid end to what was an up-and-down first half.

Game Info

Atlanta Braves (51-43) at Chicago Cubs (40-53), 1:20 CT on CSN.

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Starting Pitchers

Julio Teheran (2.57 ERA, 3.35 FIP, 3.71 xFIP; 3.93 K/BB)

versus

Travis Wood (4.64 ERA, 4.21 FIP, 4.61 xFIP; 1.89 K/BB)

Atlanta Braves Lineup

1. B.J Upton, CF

2. Andrelton Simmons, SS

3. Freddie Freeman, 1B

4. Justin Upton, LF

5. Jason Heyward, RF

6. Chris Johnson, 3B

7. Tommy La Stella, 2B

8. Gerald Laird, C

9. Julio Teheran, P

Chicago Cubs Lineup

1. Chris Coghlan, LF

2. Arismendy Alcantara, 2B

3. Anthony Rizzo, 1B

4. Starlin Castro, SS

5. Luis Valbuena, 3B

6. Justin Ruggiano, CF

7. Ryan Sweeney, RF

8. John Baker, C

9. Travis Wood, P

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