Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Series Preview: Cubs-Yankees
By Jesse Rogers
NEW YORK -- The Chicago Cubs will take on the New York Yankees in a one-day, two-game series on Wednesday after their Tuesday night game was rained out.
The match-up: Game 1, Wednesday, 12:05 p.m., Jason Hammel versus Masahiro Tanaka; Game 2, Wednesday, 6:05 pm, Travis Wood versus Michael Pineda.
Honoring Robinson: The Cubs and Yankees will wear No .42 in the night cap in honor of Jackie Robinson. Before the game, the family of Robinson and Nelson Mandela will be on hand when the Yankees unveil a plaque for the former South African leader. Tuesday was Jackie Robinson Day around baseball.
Alfonso Soriano: He'll face his former team for the first time since being traded last season for a minor league pitcher. The Cubs are still paying Soriano nearly $18 million of his salary this year. He has three home runs in the Yankees' first 12 games.
Cubs bullpen: It should be fully rested after a rare two days off in a row because of a scheduled off day Monday and the rainout Tuesday. With recalled minor leaguers Chris Rusin and Blake Parker picking up innings over the weekend, the regular relievers should be more than ready for the doubleheader. It's still not clear who closes out a game in a save situation.
Streaks: The 4-8 Cubs have lost 2 of 3 in every series so far this season. They dropped the final two games in St. Louis over the weekend but haven't lost three in a row yet. They'll try to avoid that in Game 1.