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Starlin Castro is back from the bereavement leave list, and hopefully his teammates – and the game, generally – can provide a sense of familiarity and comfort after an unimaginably difficult week. What else can we say, really?

Travis Wood starts for the Cubs tonight, and we await the arrival of Jorge Soler tomorrow.

Don’t forget: Episode 3 of BNTV records live here at BN at 8pm CT/9pm ET. You can participate on Twitter or in the comments, because, you know, it’s live. That’s half the fun. Stop in while you watch the game.

Game Info

Chicago Cubs (58-72) at Cincinnati Reds (63-68), 6:10 CT on CSN.

Game Thread and Series Preview

Game threads now live here in the comments – and with Disqus, they should be even more enjoyable.

The Series Preview lives here.

Starting Pitchers

Travis Wood (4.91 ERA, 4.21 FIP, 4.55 xFIP; 1.91 K/BB)


Johnny Cueto (2.20 ERA, 3.24 FIP, 3.24 xFIP; 3.60 K/BB)

Cincinnati Reds Lineup

1. Billy Hamilton, CF

2. Todd Frazier, 1B

3. Jay Bruce, RF

4. Brandon Phillips, 2B

5. Ryan Ludwick, LF

6. Kristopher Negron, 3B

7. Brayan Pena, C

8. Zack Cosart, SS

9. Johnny Cueto, P

Chicago Cubs Lineup

1. Chris Coghlan, LF

2. Javier Baez, 2B

3. Anthony Rizzo, 1B

4. Starlin Castro, SS

5. Luis Valbuena, 3B

6. Ryan Sweeney, RF

7. Arismendy Alcantara, CF

8. Welington Castillo, C

9. Travis Wood, P