Diamondbacks Vs. Cubs Preview: Chicago Kicks Off Second Half At Home

KANSAS CITY, MO - JULY 10: National League All-Star Starlin Castro #13 of the Chicago Cubs flies out to center in the eighth inning during the 83rd MLB All-Star Game at Kauffman Stadium on July 10, 2012 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

The Chicago Cubs open their second half against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday afternoon.

After ending the first half with some success, the Chicago Cubs look to keep the ball rolling as they open the second half against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday afternoon. Chicago won nine of its final 13 games before the All Star break, allowing the team to climb out of the National League cellar.

The Cubs and Diamondbacks have met one previous time this season, with Arizona sweeping Chicago over three games in late June. That sweep was part of a stretch during which the Cubs posted a horrible 9-28 record, pushing the team to the bottom of the standings.

Paul Maholm gets the nod for Chicago as he looks to sustain his recent success. Over his past three appearances, including two starts, he's allowed just one run in 15.1 innings with a very solid 11-to-2 strikeout-to-walk ratio.

Game date/time: Friday, July 13, 1:20 p.m. CT

Location: Wrigley Field, Chicago, Ill.

TV: CSN

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