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White Sox at Cubs Series Preview: Probables, How to Watch, and More

Ryan Tepera and Craig Kimbrel return to Wrigley Field for the first time since the White Sox acquired them at the trade deadline.
White Sox Cubs Preview

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The Chicago Cubs and Chicago White Sox will meet for the first time this season in the Crosstown Classic for a weekend series at Wrigley FIeld.

The two Chicago teams are going in opposite directions, as the White Sox (63-46, first in AL Central) push for a playoff spot while the Cubs (52-58, fourth in NL Central) are in rebuilding mode. The teams were involved in two trades, with the Cubs sending relievers Ryan Tepera and Craig Kimbrel to the White Sox.

The White Sox are coming off a surprising 2-1 series loss to the Kansas City Royals. The South Siders fell 9-1 and 3-2 in their last two games.

The Cubs have dropped their past two series at the Washington Nationals and Colorado Rockies, 2-1. The North Siders had two one-run losses in Colorado, 3-2 and 6-5, to fall in the series.

The Crosstown Classic series wraps up Aug. 27-29 on the South Side.

Injuries

White Sox: Evan Marshall (elbow), Jimmy Cordero (elbow), Luis Robert (hip), Billy Hamilton (oblique), Yasmani Grandal (calf)

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Cubs: Brad Wieck (heart), Rowan Wick (oblique), Kohl Stewart (elbow), Dillon Maples (blister), Jonathan Holder (shoulder), Nick Madrigal (hamstring), Nico Hoerner (oblique), Austin Romine (left wrist), Jose Lobaton (shoulder), P.J. Higgins (forearm)

Probable Pitchers

Friday: Lance Lynn, RHP (10-3, 2.07 ERA, 1.05 WHIP) vs. Kyle Hendricks, RHP (13-4, 3.71 ERA, 1.27 WHIP)

Saturday: Carlos Rondon, LHP (8-5, 2.49 ERA, 0.96 WHIP) vs. Adbert Alzolay, RHP (4-11, 4.85 ERA, 1.18 WHIP)

Sunday: Dylan Cease, RHP (8-6, 3.92 ERA, 1.26 WHIP) vs. Zach Davies, RHP (6-8, 4.79 ERA, 1.53 WHIP)

How to Watch

Friday: 1:20 PM, NBCSCH, Marquee Sports Network, MLB Network (out-of-market only)

Saturday: 1:20 PM, NBCSCH, Marquee Sports Network

Sunday: 6:09 PM, ABC

All times Central