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Monday, April 7, 2014
Series preview: Cubs vs Pirates

By Jesse Rogers

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.