Apr 3, 2014; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Jason Hammel (39) delivers a pitch against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the first inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Pregame Notes: Chicago Cubs look to bounce back behind Hammel


After dropping another one-run heartbreaker to the Pirates in the season opener,the Chicago Cubs will look to rebound in the series’ second game tonight at the Friendly Confines.

Right-hander Jason Hammel (1-0, 1.35 ERA) takes the hill for Chicago, coming off a dominant two-hit performance in his season debut against Pittsburgh. Wednesday night’s contest marks Hammel’s first start ever at Wrigley Field.

Pittsburgh will counter with left-hander Wandy Rodriguez (0-1, 4.50 ERA) who is searching for his first win since May 2013 after working his way back from a forearm injury. Last week against Chicago, he held Chicago to three runs in six innings of work.

Tonight’s game will be broadcast on WGN 720 and WGN TV.

Here are tonight’s starting lineups:

 

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