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posted: 9/30/2012 7:37 PM

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Cubs vs. Houston Astros at Wrigley Field

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

Radio: WGN 720-AM

Pitching matchups: The Cubs' Jason Berken (0-2) vs. Lucas Harrell (10-11) Monday at 7:05 p.m.; Chris Volstad (3-11) vs. Bud Norris (6-13) Tuesday at 7:05 p.m.; Travis Wood (6-13) vs. Edgar Gonzalez (3-1) Wednesday at 1:20 p.m.

At a glance: This is a battle between the NL's bottom-feeders. The Cubs entered Sunday ranked 14th in ERA (4.57), while the Astros were 15th (4.64). On offense, the Cubs were 14th in runs scored, and the Astros were 16th. Jose Altuve had a line of .291/.341/.402, and he led the Astros in batting average and on-base percentage. Justin Maxwell was the Houston leader in home runs (17). Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro is aiming to play in all 162 games for the Cubs, becoming the first shortstop in team history to do so.

Next: Pittsburgh Pirates at Wrigley Field, April 1

-- Bruce Miles

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