Pregamin’: Phillies @ Cubs, 3:05 CDT


Aug 16, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Phillies interim manager

Ryne Sandberg

(23) talks with pitcher

Cliff Lee

(33) during the fifth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Citizens Bank Park. The Dodgers defeated the Phillies 4-0. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Ryne Sandberg made his debut at the Friendly Confines on Friday – his managerial debut, that is. It really couldn’t have went better for the Hall of Fame second baseman.

His Phillies team rallied from down 5-0 in the fifth to score four runs in the sixth and one in the seventh before pushing in the go-ahead run in the top of the ninth against Chicago closer Kevin Gregg, giving Ryno a win in his return to Wrigley.

“”It was good,” Sandberg said of the reception in his return. “I heard it. A little tip of the hat to the crowd for that. And once I got up there with the umpires, we chatted a little bit. I asked them if they wanted me to take them around the ground rules.”

Chicago (56-78) will look to bounce back against the Phillies (62-73), who are 7-3 in their last ten ball games. Left-hander Chris Rusin (2-3, 2.64 ERA) will square off against veteran southpaw Cliff Lee (11-6, 3.07 ERA) at Wrigley this afternoon, with first pitch scheduled for 3:05 p.m. CDT. Rusin is 0-3 at Wrigley Field on the season, and thus, will be seeking his first ‘W’ at the Friendly Confines in 2013.

Game time: 3:05 p.m. CDT at Wrigley Field – Chicago, Illinois

Pitching Probables: (CHC) Chris Rusin (2-3, 2.64) v. (PHI) Cliff Lee (11-6, 3.07)

Starting Lineups: (CHC): Castro SS, Barney 2B, Rizzo 1B, Murphy 3B, Lake CF, Castillo C, McDonald LF, Gillespie RF, Rusin P —- (PHI): Young 3B, Rollins SS, Utley 2B, Ruiz C, Ruf LF, Mayberry RF, Frandsen 1B, Bernadina CF, Lee P

Broadcast Info: TV – MLBN, CSN — Radio – WGN 720 AM Chicago