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Cubs Vs. Pirates Preview: Chicago's Road Trip Continues In Pittsburgh

The Cubs try to avoid their fourth loss in a row.

July 22, 2012; St. Louis, MO. USA; Chicago Cubs third baseman Luis Valbuena (24) charges a ground ball in the eighth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium. The Cardinals won 7-0. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-US PRESSWIRE
July 22, 2012; St. Louis, MO. USA; Chicago Cubs third baseman Luis Valbuena (24) charges a ground ball in the eighth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium. The Cardinals won 7-0. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-US PRESSWIRE

The Chicago Cubs have generally been playing good baseball over the last few weeks, but in the weekend series against St. Louis they just completed, they looked more like the club that has struggled for much of the season.

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Chicago's road trip continues on Monday with a three-game series against the first place Pittsburgh Pirates, who have won five games in a row. The Cubs, meanwhile, will be trying to end a three-game losing streak.

Jeff Samardzija (6-8, 4.57 ERA) will be on the mound for the first game of the series, and Pittsburgh is going with Erik Bedard (5-10, 4.55).

Game Date & Time: Monday, July 23, 6:05 p.m. CT

TV: CSN-Chicago

For updates, stay tuned to SB Nation Chicago. For more coverage of this series, visit Cubs blog Bleed Cubbie Blue and Pittsburgh Pirates blog Bucs Dugout. And for additional baseball coverage, check out Baseball Nation and MLB Daily Dish.