July 31, 2012; Chicago, IL, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher A.J. Burnett (34) throws to first for an out during the sixth inning against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Rob Grabowski-US PRESSWIRE

Pirates Vs. Cubs: Chicago Looks To Bounce Back After Nearly Being No-Hit

A.J. Burnett took a no-hitter into the eighth inning vs. the Cubs on Tuesday night.

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Chicago Cubs 2B Darwin Barney Ranks Among League's Best Defenders

In Mark Simon's latest piece for the ESPN blog SweetSpot, he rolls out the latest adjustments to their advanced defensive metrics, and finds that 2B Darwin Barney of the Chicago Cubs ranked as the best defender of the month of July:

Cubs manager Dale Sveum has prioritized defensive positioning, and that seems to have benefited Barney, who has a high rating on both balls hit to the right of where a second baseman makes most plays (10 plays better than average, and to the left (12 plays better than average).

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But Barney passes the eye test, too. He had 16 of what the BIS video-trackers call "Good Fielding Plays" in July, and only five Defensive Misplays & Errors.

Barney, 26, has also had his best year at the plate since coming up in 2010. He has hit 5 home runs with a .269/.310/.390 slash, which about league average for a second baseman.

For updates, stay tuned to SB Nation Chicago. For more comprehensive coverage of this series, head over to Cubs blog Bleed Cubbie Blue. And for more news and notes from around baseball, visit Baseball Nation.

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Pirates Vs. Cubs Lineups: RHP Justin Germano To Start 1st Game Since 2010

The Chicago Cubs (42-58) and the Pittsburgh Pirates (58-43) square off on Monday as 29-year-old SP Justin Germano takes the mound as a starting pitcher for the first time since October 3, 2010.

Germano, acquired in the 2012 season from the Boston Red Sox, has appeared in 2 MLB games in 2012, totalling 8 and 2/3 innings with a 1.04 ERA and 1.91 FIP. In 17 Triple-A games this season, Germano has compiled 16 starts with a 2.40 ERA and 4.20 FIP, striking out a respectable 17.6 percent of batters while walking only an astonishing 3.2 percent.

Here's a look at the day's full lineups, courtesy of Baseball Press:

Pirates Cubs
1. Starling Marte (R) LF 1. Reed Johnson (R) CF
2. Alex Presley (L) RF 2. Starlin Castro (R) SS
3. Andrew McCutchen (R) CF 3. Anthony Rizzo (L) 1B
4. Garrett Jones (L) 1B 4. Alfonso Soriano (R) LF
5. Neil Walker (S) 2B 5. Jeff Baker (R) RF
6. Pedro Alvarez (L) 3B 6. Geovany Soto (R) C
7. Michael McKenry (R) C 7. Darwin Barney (R) 2B
8. Clint Barmes (R) SS 8. Joe Mather (R) 3B
9. Erik Bedard (L) P 9. Justin Germano (R) P

For updates, stay tuned to SB Nation Chicago. For more comprehensive coverage of this series, head over to Cubs blog Bleed Cubbie Blue and PIttsburgh Pirates blog Bucs Dugout. And for more news and notes from around baseball, visit Baseball Nation.

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