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Cubs final lineup card before Rizzo-era begins


Cubs final lineup card before Rizzo-era begins

Steve Wojcik

Coming off a 2-4 road trip that ended with a 3-game sweep at the hands of the Arizona Diamondbacks, the Cubs are hoping a return home to the Friendly Confines will help break them out of their funk. The quick 6-game homestand begins tonight as the Cubs take on the New York Mets.

Left-hander Travis Wood (1-3, 4.14 ERA) will take the mound in the series opener, looking to build on his strong start last Tuesday against the White Sox. Wood recorded his first win as a Cub, going 6 innings and giving up just 1 earned run, while striking out 5.

The Mets counter with a lefty of their own, as Johan Santana (5-3, 3.00 ERA) tries to win his third consecutive start for a team that is just 3.5 games out of 1st place in the NL East.

Tonight's Cubs lineup is dominated by right-handed bats, with third baseman Luis Valbuena being the sole lefty. Of course, that will all change tomorrow night, with the arrival of top prospect Anthony Rizzo. Cub fans are hoping this is one of the last lineup cards manager Dale Sveum will have to fill out without inclusion of the 22 year-old first baseman.

1. Reed Johnson RF
2. Darwin Barney 2B
3. Starlin Castro SS
4. Alfonso Soriano LF
5. Jeff Baker 1B
6. Geovany Soto C
7. Joe Mather CF
8. Luis Valbuena 3B
9. Travis Wood P

High School Lites Football Roundup Week 9

High School Lites Football Roundup Week 9

High School Lites is back with an exciting Week 9 full of thrilling matchups. NBC Sports Chicago has the highlights of some of the top matchups from Friday's games.

Be sure to follow us on Twitter @NBCSPREPS for all of the latest IHSA football scores and highlights.

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(1) Lincoln-Way East 31, (16) Bolingbrook 0

(2) Batavia 24, Wheaton North 13

(3) Brother Rice 31, (17) Montini 0

(4) Marist 24, Benet 7

(6) Homewood-Flossmoor 56, Sandburg 0

(7) Cary-Grove 55, (15) Naperville Central 41

(9) Nazareth Academy 42, Marian Catholic 6

(10) Maine South 48, Niles West 6

(11) Oswego 22, Plainfield South 15

(12) Richards 41, Eisenhower 6

(13) Phillips 41, Raby 0

(14) Willowbrook 42, Downers South 20

(18) Oak Park-River Forest 48, Lyons 0

(19) Warren 43, Mundelein 7

(20) Glenbard West 35, Proviso West 6

(21) Hillcrest 43, Bremen 6

Joliet Catholic 33, (22) Notre Dame 17

(23) Hinsdale Central 21, Hinsdale South 12

(24) Rolling Meadows 34, Buffalo Grove 7

Wheaton Warrenville South 13, (25) St. Charles North 11


Payton 43, Kenwood 42

Coal City 43, Lisle 14

Huntley 55, Dundee-Crown 12

Perspectives 32, Solorio 16


Fenwick vs. (5) Mount Carmel 

(8) Simeon vs. Curie

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Can the Bears pull off an upset at home against Tom Brady and the Patriots?


SportsTalk Live Podcast: Can the Bears pull off an upset at home against Tom Brady and the Patriots?

Chris Emma, Matt Zahn and Gabe Ramirez join David Kaplan on the panel.

0:00- NBC Sports National NBA Insider Tom Haberstroh joins the panel to discuss the Bulls’ terrible defensive performance as well as Zach LaVine’s impressive season debut.

11:35- Khalil Mack is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Patriots. Can the Bears pull off the upset against Tom Brady?

23:50- NBC Sports Boston Patriots insider Tom E. Curran joins Kap to talk about how New England views the Bears and discuss how Matt Nagy’s team can exploit the Patriots’ weaknesses.

Listen to the full episode at this link or in the embedded player below.