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posted: 9/9/2012 7:33 PM

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Cubs vs. Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park

TV: Comcast SportsNet Monday; WCIU Tuesday; Comcast SportsNet Plus Wednesday

Radio: WGN 720-AM

Pitching matchups: The Cubs' Chris Volstad (2-10) vs. Dallas Keuchel (1-7) today; Justin Germano (2-6) vs. Jordan Lyles (3-11) Tuesday; Travis Wood (5-11) vs. Fernando Abad (0-3) Wednesday. All games begin at 7:05 p.m.

At a glance: This is the Cubs' final visit to Houston as a National League team. The Astros move to the AL West next year. Houston also may be the Cubs' best hope of avoiding a 100-loss season. The two teams meet six times before the season ends, and the Astros have the worst record in the major leagues. Jose Altuve leads the Astros with a line of .290/.341/.395. Jed Lowrie, who has been on the disabled list (ankle), is the Houston leader in home runs (14). The stats reflect how bad these two teams are. The Cubs are 14th in team ERA (4.55) while the Astros are 15th (4.72). The Cubs and Astros rank 15-16 in runs scored.

Next: Pittsburgh Pirates at Wrigley Field, Friday-Monday

-- Bruce Miles

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