Cubs Vs. Reds Preview: Brooks Raley Gets First Start Of Season

For the Chicago Cubs, the focus is firmly on the future beyond the 2012 season. The team has already called up top hitting prospects Brett Jackson and Josh Vitters, and on Sunday they'll give a start to rookie Brooks Raley, a 2009 sixth round pick.

In 22 starts in 2012 across Double-A and Triple-A, Raley has posted a 3.58 ERA and 1.33 WHIP. Raley is a pitch-to-contact type of starter, having struck out only 98 batters in 130.2 innings. He'll have to work, though, to get the first win of his career, as he'll be opposed by N.L. Cy Young contender Johnny Cueto.

Game date/time: Sunday, August 12, 1:20 p.m. CT

Location: Wrigley Field, Chicago, Ill.

TV: WGN

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