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Probable Pitchers

Chicago Cubs @ Pittsburgh Pirates

, PNC Park
John Lackey, RHP
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Lackey will face the Pirates for the second time this season. He did not get a decision on July 10, giving up five runs over six innings. In four starts this month, Lackey is 1-1 with a 3.24 ERA.

Ryan Vogelsong, RHP
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Vogelsong bounced back from a rough five-start stretch, striking out seven and allowing two runs on two hits in four innings Thursday vs. the Brewers. He believes a mechanical tweak before that outing made the difference.

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Chicago Cubs @ Pittsburgh Pirates

, PNC Park
Jake Arrieta, RHP
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Arrieta won his 18th game in his past start vs. the Cardinals, throwing seven scoreless. He posted his 12th double-digit strikeout game. He was matched up with Miguel Montero, and it will be interesting to see if the Cubs stay with that battery.

Jameson Taillon, RHP
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Taillon made his second straight five-inning, three-run start Friday against the Nationals, striking out seven without a walk. He may be tiring toward the end of the season, but the Bucs have won his last three starts.

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Chicago Cubs @ Pittsburgh Pirates

, PNC Park
Rob Zastryzny, LHP
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Zastryzny will start in the series finale, although the rest of the bullpen will be on call. The lefty was a combined 10-5 with a 4.31 ERA in 24 games (23 starts) at Triple-A and Double-A this season. He has pitched only in relief in Chicago.

Ivan Nova, RHP
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Nova’s defense did him no favors after a poor first inning in a shaky four-frame start against the Nats on Saturday. After an incredible eight-start run, Nova has allowed seven earned runs in seven innings his past two times out.

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Chicago Cubs @ Cincinnati Reds

, Great American Ball Park
Jason Hammel, RHP
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Hammel lasted 2 1/3 innings in his last start, against the Cardinals, and took the loss, giving up six runs on six hits. He is 3-0 with a 0.95 ERA in three starts against the Reds, including a win at GABP in which he threw six shutout innings.

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Chicago Cubs @ Cincinnati Reds

, Great American Ball Park
Jon Lester, LHP
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Lester will be vying for his career-high 20th win in his final regular-season start. He's 10-0 with a 1.34 ERA in 13 starts since the All-Star break. Against the Reds, the lefty is 2-0 with a 1.95 ERA in four starts.

Tim Adleman, RHP
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Adleman has thrown a career high in innings in each of his past two starts, including seven well-pitched innings in Monday’s win over the Cards. He held down St. Louis by retiring the first 10 batters in a row and wasn’t afraid to throw strikes.

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