Found April 04, 2013 on North Side Notch:
Chicago Cubs (1-1, T-1st in NL Central) @ Pittsburgh Pirates (1-1, T-1st in NL Central) Game Time: 12:35 ET (Tickets) Probable Starters: CHC – Travis Wood (0-0, 0.00 ERA) PIT – James McDonald (0-0, 0.00 ERA) James McDonald makes his first start after posting a 4.19 ERA in five spring training starts. Last season against the Cubs, McDonald was 0-2 with a 7.04 ERA in three starts. McDonald has yet to rack up a “win” vs the Cubs in six career starts. Travis Wood fared a bit better when facing the Pirates. In three starts against the Bucs last season, he was 1-2 with a 2.70 ERA. Current Pirates hitters have a career .191 batting average against Wood.

Pirates Pregame: McCutchen Making Moves on the Base Paths

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Game 3 Preview: Which J-Mac will show up?

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