Pregame Notes: Tsuyoshi Wada leads Cubs against Dodgers


Coming off a three-game sweep of the Cincinnati Reds, the Chicago Cubs continue a homestand by welcoming Don Mattingly‘s Los Angeles Dodgers to Wrigley Field for a four-game series that begins Thursday night.

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Chicago (68-84) will turn to left-hander Tsuyoshi Wada (4-3, 3.34 ERA), who has struggled of late, in the opener. In his last outing, Wada allowed four runs over 4 1/3 innings of work. In one start against the Dodgers earlier this season, the southpaw was solid, allowing just two runs over 5 2/3 innings of work – although he did pick up the loss in the contest.

Los Angeles (86-66) will hand the ball to right-hander Zack Greinke (15-8, 2.64 ERA) on Thursday night. In his last time out, Greinke tossed six shutout innings and clubbed a two-run home run in a 17-0 rout of San Francisco at AT&T Park. This will be the right-hander’s first start against the Cubs this season.

Tonight’s game will be broadcast on CSN Chicago and over the airwaves on WGN-AM 720. It also marks the return of Darwin Barney to the Friendly Confines, and first pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. CT.

Here are tonight’s starting lineups: