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Cubs Take On Red Sox In Battle Of Replacement Starters

The Cubs and Red Sox will meet Sunday evening in the rubber match of their first series at Fenway Park since the 1918 World Series. Although this series had a lot of hype among the two teams' fan bases, it hasn't been a great series in terms of quality baseball. The Red Sox won on Friday Night 15-5 with the Cubs committing four errors, and the Red Sox returned the favor on Saturday Night committing three errors in helping the Cubs cruise to a 9-3 victory.

Taking the ball for the Cubs Sunday will be James Russell. Russell has been both a spot starter and reliever for the Cubs this season. The lefty comes in with a 1-4 record and a 6.26 ERA. Matt Garza was scheduled to pitch for the Cubs but was scratched do to tightness in his elbow. Garza will be evaluated by team physicians on Monday.

The ageless Tim Wakefield will pitch for Boston. The 44-year-old knuckleballer is 0-1 with a 5.40 ERA this season. Wakefield has primarily pitched out of the bullpen this year but has been added to the rotation in part because of injuries to John Lackey and Daisuke Matsuzaka.

The scheduled time for Sunday's first pitch is 7:05 CST. The weather forecast at the time of first pitch is party cloudy with temps in the 50s. The game can be seen on ESPN.