The Cubs open their series against the St. Louis Cardinals tonight, and you can catch all the action on CSN and streaming live on CSNChicago.com and the NBC Sports app.
Coverage begins at 7:00 p.m., followed by first pitch. Be sure to stick around after the final out to get analysis on Cubs Postgame Live.
Tonight's starting pitching matchup: Eddie Butler (1-0, 1.17 in five starts in Triple-A Iowa) vs. Mike Leake (4-1, 1.79 ERA)
Butler is making his first big-league start with the Cubs after being acquired Feb. 1 from the Colorado Rockies in exhange for minor-league pitcher James Farris.
The 26-year-old Butler is not far removed from serving as one of baseball's top pitching prospect, coming in at No. 35 on MLB's list in 2015 and No. 24 on Baseball America's rankings in 2014.
Butler has made 28 starts and eight relief appearances in the big leagues with the Rockies over the last three seasons, posting a 6-16 record with a 6.50 ERA and 1.77 WHIP. He is filling in for the injured Brett Anderson, who sported an 8.18 ERA in his six starts in the rotation before heading on the disabled list with a lower back strain.
The Cubs are also still without Addison Russell, who is nursing a sore throwing shoulder. Javy Baez will man shortstop in Russell's stead.
Here's the rest of the Cubs lineup behind Butler against Mike Leake and the first-place Cardinals:
1. Kyle Schwarber - LF
2. Kris Bryant - RF
3. Anthony Rizzo - 1B
4. Ben Zobrist - 2B
5. Jeimer Candelario - 3B
6. Willson Contreras - C
7. Javy Baez - SS
8. Eddie Butler - P
9. Albert Almora Jr. - CF
Former Cubs leadoff hitter Dexter Fowler is back in the lineup Friday night for the first time in a week while dealing with a shoulder injury. Fowler hit a pinch-hit two-run triple Wednesday as the Cardinals extended their winning streak to six games.
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