Cubs Vs. Cardinals: NL Central Rivals Clash The St. Louis Home Opener

CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 08: Starting piutcher Jeff Samardzija #29 of the Chicago Cubs delivers the ball against the Washington Nationals at Wrigley Field on April 8, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

The Chicago Cubs take on the rival St. Louis Cardinals in a weekend series at Busch Stadium.

The Chicago Cubs have stumbled out of the gate at 2-5 and aren't exactly putting a spark in their fan base, but they can get back in the good graces of loyal Cub fans with a strong series against the St. Louis Cardinals this weekend. The Cards have spent their season on the road up until this point, posting a 5-2 record, but now they finally get a chance to wow the home crowd in their home opener.

The Cubs turn to Jeff Samardzija, who sparkled in his first start by limiting the Nationals to one run on three hits in 8.2 innings last Sunday. Meanwhile, the Cardinals are still working Adam Wainwright back into the mix as he tries to make a comeback from reconstructive elbow surgery. St. Louis may be without Lance Berkman, who is dealing with a calf injury and says he's dealing with soreness (via MLB.com):

"It's a little sore this morning. It's probably not playable. We'll just have to wait to see how it responds. [Thursday] is an off-day, so that's good."

Here is the key information for today's game.

Date / Time: 2:15 PM CT, Friday, April 13, 2012

Location: Busch Stadium, St. Louis, Missouri

Starting Pitchers: Jeff Samardzija (1-0, 1.04 ERA) vs. Adam Wainwright (0-1, 4.76 ERA)

TV: MLB Network, WGN

Radio: AM 720 WGN

Streaming: MLB.tv

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