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August 3, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Chicago Cubs third baseman Luis Valbuena (24) celebrates with center fielder Ryan Sweeney (6) his solo home scored in the ninth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Pregame Notes: Luis Valbuena returns, Chicago Cubs at Mets; 12:10 p.m. CT, Lineups

Luis Valbuena returns to the Chicago Cubs lineup at third base after missing five games dealing with a sinus problem as the Cubs take on the New York Mets on Sunday at 12:10 p.m. CT on CSN.

Ryan Sweeney will get the start over recent call up Matt Szczur.

Jake Arrieta suffered his second straight loss despite allowing just two runs on five his in 7 1/3 innings in a 3-1 loss to Milwaukee on Monday. The 28-year-old settled for a no-decision in his previous meeting with the Mets on June 3, yielding one run on seven hits in 4 2/3 innings.

Rafael Montero dropped his third loss in five outings after allowing five runs on seven hits in five innings in a 7-1 loss to Washington on Tuesday. The 22-year-old right-hander surrendered eight home runs over 25 innings in five starts.

David Wright is 0-for-15 in five meetings against the Cubs while Welington Castillo is 8-for-23 with a solo homer among his two hits Saturday, but John Baker will start behind the plate. Curtis Granderson is just 1-for-25 in his last six games, but post a .409 with three homers in 22 at-bats in his career against Arrieta.

The Cubs continue to struggle at the plate with 24 strikeouts in the series and 101 in their last nine contests.

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