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Pregame Notes: Cards at Cubs, 1:20 p.m. CT, TV Info, Lineups


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After a season-opening month that saw the Chicago Cubs (9-17) not win a series, the team will try to get May off on the right foot when they host rival St. Louis (15-14) in the first of a three-game set at Wrigley Field this afternoon.

Travis Wood (1-3, 3.52) will take the bump for the Cubs against Adam Wainwright (5-1, 1.20). Wainwright has been about as good as it gets in the National League thus far. One of his five wins came against the Cubs on April 12 in a 10-4 Cardinal win. He went seven strong innings that day.

The Cardinals took two of three in St. Louis earlier this year – this is the Cards first trip to Wrigley Field this season.

The Cubs will have another decade-themed celebration starting today – this weekend and next weekend against the White Sox they will celebrate the 1920′s at the park. Today is Red Grange bobblehead day. Grange once ran for three touchdowns in a 29-0 Illinois win over Northwestern in 1923 at Wrigley Field.

Chicago is still looking for their first series win of the year. However, with a win the Cubs could move out of last place in the NL Central – they come into play today virtually tied with the Pirates (10-18) in the cellar. St. Louis currently stands in second place, five games back of first-place Milwaukee – and it was the Brewers that took two of three from the Cards earlier this week.

The game will be televised on ComCast SportsNet and broadcast on WGN Radio AM 720. First pitch is 1:20 pm CST.


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