Series preview: Cubs vs Pirates

April, 7, 2014
Apr 7
3:30
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Rogers By Jesse Rogers
ESPNChicago.com
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CHICAGO -- The Chicago Cubs open a three-game series against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday night, a rematch of last week's regular season opening series in Pittsburgh:

The series:

• Tuesday, 7:05 p.m.: Edwin Jackson (0-0, 1.69 ERA) vs. Charlie Morton (0-0, 0.00)

• Wednesday, 7:05 p.m.: Jason Hammel (1-0, 1.35) vs. Wandy Rodriguez (0-1, 4.50)

• Thursday, 1:20 p.m.: Travis Wood (0-1, 4.26) vs. Gerrit Cole (1-0, 2.57)

The rematch: The two teams played 35 innings last week over the course of four days with the Pirates coming out on top in two of three games. Jackson righted the ship after a couple of tough innings, keeping the Cubs in the game in his start Wednesday, but the Cubs eventually lost in 16 innings. This will be the first road series for the Pirates.

The lineup: After just six games the only player to hit in the same spot in the lineup for every start is leadoff man Emilio Bonifacio. Cubs manager Rick Renteria has given at least one start to every position player on the roster using a quasi-platoon at four positions including left field, center field, second base and third base.

Bonifacio streaking: He enters his second week as a Cub second in the league in batting average with a .500 mark (minimum 20 at-bats). He's been on-base at least once in every game so far.

Jesse Rogers | email

Chicago Cubs beat reporter
Jesse joined ESPN Chicago in September 2009 and covers the Chicago Cubs for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN Radio 1000.

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Jason Hammel
WINS ERA SO IP
8 2.98 104 108
OTHER LEADERS
BAA. Rizzo .284
HRA. Rizzo 25
RBIA. Rizzo 56
RA. Rizzo 71
OPSA. Rizzo .917
ERAJ. Samardzija 2.83
SOJ. Hammel 104