ST. LOUIS, MO - MAY 15: Manager Dale Sveum #33 of the Chicago Cubs looks on from the dugout during a game between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Chicago Cubs at Busch Stadium on May 15, 2012 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

Anthony Rizzo Homer Propels Cubs To Victory

The Chicago Cubs will be busy trying to swing trades during their weekend series against the St. Louis Cardinals.

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Cubs Vs. Cardinals Final Score: Rizzo Homer Gives Chicago Extra Inning WIn

While the Chicago Cubs are firmly out of playoff contention this season, that doesn't mean that they can't impact the playoff race in the highly-competitive NL Central Division. With Anthony Rizzo's 10th inning home run, that is exactly what they did against the St. Louis Cardinals, as the Cubs won two out of three against St. Louis and improved their record to 14-9 in July.

Paul Maholm continued his excellent stretch on the mound, allowing only one earned run in 6 2/3 innings. Maholm struck out five batters and gave up only four hits. However, the Cubs bullpen couldn't hold the lead, as a Carlos Beltran homer in the 8th tied the game at two.

Rizzo stole the spotlight in the 10th inning, hitting the first walk-off homer of his career. Rizzo had three hits in the game.

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Cubs Vs. Cardinals Lineups: Starlin Castro, Anthony Rizzo In Lineup On Sunday

The Chicago Cubs can win their weekend series vs. the St. Louis Cardinals with a victory on Sunday, and with that in mind, manager Dale Sveum is sending out the core of his starting lineup. That includes David DeJesus, Starlin Castro, Anthony Rizzo and Alfonso Soriano, which makes up the top four of his order. Steve Clevenger gets the start at catcher today, with Darwin Barney getting the nod at second.

Cubs

  1. David DeJesus, CF
  2. Starlin Castro, SS
  3. Anthony Rizzo, 1B
  4. Alfonso Soriano, LF
  5. Bryan LaHair, RF
  6. Steve Clevenger, C
  7. Darwin Barney, 2B
  8. Luis Valbuena, 3B
  9. Paul Maholm, P

Cardinals

  1. Daniel Descalso, SS
  2. Allen Craig, RF
  3. Matt Holliday, LF
  4. Carlos Beltran, CF
  5. Yadier Molina, C
  6. David Freese, 3B
  7. Matt Carpenter, 1B
  8. Tyler Greene, 2B
  9. Adam Wainwright, P

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Cubs Vs. Cardinals Preview: Cubs Look For Series Victory With Win

The Chicago Cubs have fallen far behind the contention curve of the rival St. Louis Cardinals, but the Cubs can land an important blow on Sunday with a win and a series victory. The Cubs are obviously way out of contention, but the Cardinals now find themselves 6.5 games back of the first place Cincinnati Reds, who have ripped off nine straight victories.

The Cubs will be sending out Paul Maholm, who has been brilliant both at home this season and in the second half. For the season, Maholm has tallied a 2.78 ERA and 1.01 WHIP in 10 home starts, but in the second half he's been incredible all around, posting a 1.17 ERA and 0.78 WHIP in three starts. Against the Cardinals this season, Maholm has given up 10 earned runs in 13 innings.

The Cardinals are countering with Adam Wainwright, who accumulated his best month of the 2012 season in July. In four starts so far this month, Wainwright has given up only eight earned runs in 26.2 innings, good for a 2.70 ERA. He's also struck out 27 batters this month.

Game date/time: Sunday, July 29, 1:20 p.m. CT

Location: Wrigley Field, Chicago, Ill.

TV: WGN

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Cubs Vs. Cardinals Score Update: Cubs Rebound With 3-2 Win

For the second straight outing, the Chicago Cubs received a strong pitching performance from Jeff Samardzija that helped propel them to a win. Although Samardzija had to settle for a no-decision, he pitched six strong innings to help the Cubs earn a 3-2 win over the St. Louis Cardinals.

Samardzija allowed only two earned runs in six innings and struck out seven batters. He did struggle a bit with his command, walking six hitters, but was able to get out of nearly every jam.

The Cubs jumped out to an early lead in the bottom of the first inning, as Alfonso Soriano drove in two runs with a triple. After the Cardinals tied the game, the Cubs finally took a lead they wouldn't relinquish in the eighth inning. A bunt by Reed Johnson scored Tony Campana to give Chicago a 3-2 victory.

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Cardinals Vs. Cubs Lineups For Saturday At Wrigley Field

The Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals meet up again for game two of their three-game set at Wrigley Field on Saturday afternoon, and Jeff Samardzija takes the mound opposite Joe Kelly. The Cubs have not faced Kelly in 2012, but the young St. Louis starter has been very solid during the month of July.

Meanwhile, it will be interesting to see how Cubs starter Jeff Samardzija does against a lineup loaded with lefties. He has held right-handed hitters to a .244/.296/.325 line for the 2012 season, but lefties produced a .256/.333/.489 line and the Cardinals have structured a lineup to take advantage of that trend.

Cardinals Cubs
1. Skip Schumaker (L) 2B 1. David DeJesus (L) CF
2. Jon Jay (L) CF 2. Starlin Castro (R) SS
3. Matt Holliday (R) LF 3. Anthony Rizzo (L) 1B
4. Carlos Beltran (S) RF 4. Alfonso Soriano (R) LF
5. Lance Berkman (S) 1B 5. Bryan LaHair (L) RF
6. Yadier Molina (R) C 6. Geovany Soto (R) C
7. Matt Carpenter (L) 3B 7. Darwin Barney (R) 2B
8. Daniel Descalso (L) SS 8. Luis Valbuena (L) 3B
9. Joe Kelly (R) P 9. Jeff Samardzija (R) P

Here is a look at the game schedule for Saturday:

Date/Time: Saturday, July 28, 12:05 p.m. CT

TV: Comcast SportsNet

Online streaming: MLB.tv

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Cubs Vs. Cardinals Preview: Saturday Game Schedule, TV Info And More

The Cubs are looking to even their series against the NL Central Division rival St. Louis Cardinals on Saturday, since the Red Birds handed the Cubbies a 9-6 loss in the opener. The Cardinals hit five home runs in that game.

Jeff Samardzija (7-8, 4.25 ERA) will get the start for Chicago, facing Cardinals pitcher Joe Kelly. Samardzija gave up just one hit in eight innings pitched when the Cubs defeated the Pirates, 2-0, on July 23. And it's not just that game, but Samardzija has been having a great month, going 2-1 with a 1.67 ERA in four starts.

The Cubs will need him to be brilliant once again while going against this Cardinals lineup that's been getting it done offensively.

Here is a look at the game schedule for Saturday:

Date/Time: Saturday, July 28, 12:05 p.m. CT

TV: Comcast SportsNet

Online streaming: MLB.tv

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Cardinals Vs. Cubs Final Score: Travis Wood Allows 5 HR, Chicago Loses 9-6

Chicago starter Travis Wood allowed five home runs in five innings of work and the Cubs fell to the St. Louis Cardinals 9-6 at Wrigley Field on Friday afternoon.

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A Starlin Castro single and Anthony Rizzo home run gave the Cubs a 3-1 lead after the first inning, but Chicago just wasn't able to keep pace with the power-hitting Cardinals, who came back with four runs in the second inning and claimed the lead for good on a home run in the top of the fourth inning.

Wood allowed eight runs on seven hits. Cardinals starter Lance Lynn wasn't much better in giving up six runs on eight hits over five innings of work.

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Cardinals Vs. Cubs Score Update: Travis Wood Allows 5 Homers, Chicago Trails 9-6

Chicago Cubs lefty SP Travis Wood had a four-game win streak going in early July, but in his two starts since then, he allowed a combined 14 runs. Make that 22 runs. Wood allowed 8 ER in his 5.0 innings of work on Friday, allowing five home runs to the St. Louis Cardinals.

Despite the overwhelming outburst from the Cards lineup, the Cubs have managed to keep within striking distance. Entering the bottom of the 8th inning, the Cubs trail only 9-6. 1B Anthony Rizzo has a three-run home run to his credit, and SS Starlin Casto and C Geovany Soto are both 2-for-3 on the day with a triple and a double respectively.

Since Wood left in the fifth inning, the duo of RP Jeff Beliveau and RP Manuel Corpas have combined for two strikeouts and no earned runs.

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Cardinals Vs. Cubs Lineups: Chicago Staggers Lefties Against Lance Lynn

The Chicago Cubs are still busy trying to deal Ryan Dempster, Matt Garza and any other veteran player that could possibly bring a solid pitching prospect in return, but they've also got a series against the St. Louis Cardinals to worry about as well. On Friday, Travis Wood takes the mound for the Cubs opposite St. Louis starter Lance Lynn. Chicago has staggered their left-handed hitters against Lynn (a lefty) by batting David DeJesus leadoff, Anthony Rizzo third, Bryan LaHair fifth and Luis Valbuena eighth.

Here is a complete look at the lineups for both teams:

Cubs Cardinals
1. David DeJesus (L) CF 1. Rafael Furcal (S) SS
2. Starlin Castro (R) SS 2. Jon Jay (L) CF
3. Anthony Rizzo (L) 1B 3. Matt Holliday (R) LF
4. Alfonso Soriano (R) LF 4. Allen Craig (R) RF
5. Bryan LaHair (L) RF 5. Lance Berkman (S) 1B
6. Geovany Soto (R) C 6. Yadier Molina (R) C
7. Darwin Barney (R) 2B 7. Matt Carpenter (L) 3B
8. Luis Valbuena (L) 3B 8. Daniel Descalso (L) 2B
9. Travis Wood (R) P 9. Lance Lynn (R) P

Location: Wrigley Field, Chicago, Ill.

Game Date & Time: Friday, July 27, 1:20 p.m. CT

TV: CSN-Chicago

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Cardinals Vs. Cubs Preview: Travis Wood Looks To Get Back On Track

The Cubs are hosting the Cardinals at Wrigley Field on Friday afternoon.

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