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SD@HOU: Moseley throws 6 2/3 frames of one-run ball

A forecast of heavy rain and a wind chill in the 20s on Tuesday evening forced the Cubs and Padres to postpone the game and play a separate admission day-night doubleheader Wednesday at Wrigley Field.

Cubs righty Matt Garza (0-2, 6.27 ERA) will face San Diego's Dustin Moseley (0-3, 1.83) in the first game, beginning at 1:20 p.m. ET.

Garza has gotten off to a slow start in his first season with the Cubs. His most recent outing was a loss against the Rockies in which he allowed five runs in six innings. The 27-year-old right-hander has faced the Padres once in his career, on June 24 of last season, when he allowed three runs in eight innings to earn the victory.

Moseley has pitched better than expected thus far, although his record certainly doesn't show it. In all three of his starts, the Padres have been shut out. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, he is the first pitcher since Kenny Rogers in 2008 whose team was shut out in each of his first three starts of a season. Before Rogers, Rudy May suffered the distinction in 1972.

Regardless of his hard-luck start, Moseley said he isn't letting the lack of offensive support affect how he prepares.

"You just have to worry about what you can control, and that's going out and doing my job," Moseley said. "I leave the rest up to the game of baseball. [The hitters] could go out and score all sorts of runs for me in the next 10 outings. It's just part of it."

The nightcap, scheduled for 6:05 p.m., features Padres right-hander Aaron Harang (3-0, 1.50) against Chicago left-hander James Russell (1-1, 7.20).

Russell, normally a reliever, is filling in for the Cubs' injured pitching staff, which has Randy Wells and Andrew Cashner on the disabled list. In his first Major League start on April 12, Russell allowed five runs (four earned) in 1 2/3 innings.

"You can only hope it'll go better," said Russell, who has had two short relief appearances since. "I'm looking forward to it."

Harang, a 10-year veteran, has had no such struggles en route to his undefeated start. According to Elias, he is the first pitcher in franchise history to win each of his first three career starts as a Padre while allowing one earned run or less in each of those games.

In his last outing, the 32-year-old righty held the Astros to one run on three hits and struck out a season-high eight in six innings.

Padres: Black doesn't expect cold to bother Moseley
• Padres manager Bud Black said earlier this week he didn't expect Wrigley Field's cold weather to be an obstacle for Moseley.

"In games like this, when you're in this game as a player, especially as a pitcher or a catcher, you don't feel the cold," Black said. "You're working and you're exerting energy, keeping yourself warm. I worry least about the pitchers, really. Pitchers and catchers."

• Black said he has no worries about his bullpen heading into Wednesday's doubleheader, saying, "With a day off, I think they'll be fine."

Cubs: Cold is fine; rain, not so much
• As of Tuesday evening, Wednesday's forecast called for temperatures in the low 40s and no precipitation. The forecast isn't much warmer than the 30-degree weather felt Tuesday, but Cubs manager Mike Quade says that's better than the alternative.

"You don't want to play in weather like this," Quade said Tuesday. "The wind and the cold, that doesn't [bother me] -- you just do it. When it's raining and you add the moisture to [the elements], that's tough. If we wouldn't have had the rain, it would've just been a cool night."

• In the nightcap, the Cubs will be looking to win their first two Wrigley Field night games to start a season for only the fourth time since the lights were installed in 1988. The other times they accomplished the feat were in 1998, 2000 and 2006. The 2006 squad won its first seven night home games.

Worth noting
• Tickets for Tuesday's postponed game will be good for admission to Wednesday's second game.

• The Tyler Colvin bobblehead promotion, scheduled for Wednesday, also will take place in Wednesday's nightcap.

• Cubs outfielder Kosuke Fukudome, whose wife, Kazue, gave birth to the couple's second child, a daughter, on Tuesday in Chicago, is expected back with the team on Wednesday barring any complications. Comments