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Saturday's Cubs lineup


Saturday's Cubs lineup

The last time the Cubs played a night game on a Saturday at Wrigley Field, it was Game 2 of the BP Crosstown Cup and the NATO conferences were in town.

This weekend, there's a different Sox in town, this time of the Red variety. And instead of NATO conferences, people are gathering in the street for the Wrigleyville Block Party.

Jeff Samardzija takes the hill for Chicago in the second game of the historic series, coming off his worst start of the season. He served up eight runs on nine hits and a walk to the Twins last weekend.

Jon Lester starts for the Red Sox and the 28-year-old lefty is suffering through the worst season of his career. Lester carries a 4.57 ERA and 1.36 WHIP into play Saturday, the highest marks he's had in both categories since 2007.

The Cubs claimed Game 1 3-0 behind the arm -- and bat -- of Ryan Dempster Friday afternoon and go for a series win, which would be their first since sweeping the Padres at the end of last month.

Here's the way Dale Sveum wrote out his lineup card for Saturday:

1. Reed Johnson - RF
2. Darwin Barney - 2B
3. Starlin Castro - SS
4. Alfonso Soriano - LF
5. Jeff Baker - 1B
6. Joe Mather - CF
7. Welington Castillo - C
8. Luis Valbuena - 3B
9. Jeff Samardzija - P

First pitch is scheduled for 6:15 p.m.

Jose Abreu has already begun mentoring Luis Robert


Jose Abreu has already begun mentoring Luis Robert

As the White Sox have added young Cuban stars in the making in Yoan Moncada and Luis Robert, Jose Abreu's long-term role on the team has shifted.

The 31-year-old first baseman has been looked at as something of a mentor for the two young Cubans. He seems to be delivering on that so far.

Abreu picked up Moncada from the airport when he first was called up to the White Sox last July. Now he's helping Robert in the batting cage.

The Cuban trio is expected to play a big part of the White Sox future in the coming years. 

Robert has already stated his goal of making it to the majors this year to join Abreu and Moncada, but that may be an overly ambitious goal. Either way, plenty of eyes will be on him throughout 2018 as he marches towards the White Sox roster and his Cuban teammates.

White Sox Talk Podcast: Meet the real Tim Anderson


White Sox Talk Podcast: Meet the real Tim Anderson

On the latest White Sox Talk Podcast, Tim Anderson opens up about his struggles in 2017 and why he wants White Sox fans "to know the real me."

Anderson dives into his personal tragedy from last season when his best friend was murdered in Alabama. 

He talks with Chuck Garfien about the dark days that happened, how counseling helped him, his new leadership role in 2018, if he'll draw more walks this season, "bringing swag to the South Side" with Yoan Moncada and much more.

Listen to the full White Sox Talk Podcast right here: