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Probable Pitchers

Cincinnati Reds vs. Chicago Cubs

, Wrigley Field
Alfredo Simon, RHP
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    Alfredo Simon, last 3 starts
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    Alfredo Simon, last 5 years vs. CHC
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Simon tied a career high with eight innings pitched vs. the Rays on Saturday. His only mistake was a hanging split-fingered fastball to James Loney, which was hit for a second-inning homer in a 1-0 loss.

Jeff Samardzija, RHP
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    Jeff Samardzija, last 3 starts
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    Jeff Samardzija, last 5 years vs. CIN
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The Cubs finally scored some runs for Samardzija, who did not get any support in the first 20 innings this season. He will be starting on extended rest because of off-days.

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Cincinnati Reds vs. Chicago Cubs

, Wrigley Field
Tony Cingrani, LHP
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    Tony Cingrani, last 3 starts
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    Tony Cingrani, last 5 years vs. CHC
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Cingrani gave up only two runs over 6 1/3 on Sunday vs. the Rays but had to escape some jams. "He was able to make pitches when he needed to, which was important. He was able to get outs with runners in scoring position," catcher Devin Mesoraco said.

Edwin Jackson, RHP
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Jackson was hit hard in his last two outings, allowing eight hits and four runs in six innings in a loss to the Cardinals after yielding six runs on nine hits in 4 2/3 against the Pirates. He has a 6.19 ERA in 16 innings, with 14 strikeouts.

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Cincinnati Reds vs. Chicago Cubs

, Wrigley Field
Homer Bailey, RHP
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    Homer Bailey, last 3 starts
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    Homer Bailey, last 5 years vs. CHC
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In three starts, Bailey has blown four leads already and has been unable to get beyond five innings. He allowed four homers during a no-decision to the Pirates Monday. The bright side? There were no walks and nine strikeouts.

Carlos Villanueva, RHP
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    Carlos Villanueva, last 5 years vs. CIN
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Villanueva lasted just three innings in his last start against the Cardinals. The right-hander threw 70 pitches in his abbreviated outing. So far, Villanueva has given up 10 earned runs on 16 hits and no walks over eight innings in his two starts.

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Cincinnati Reds vs. Pittsburgh Pirates

, PNC Park
To Be Announced

Francisco Liriano, LHP
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Liriano had a quality start but picked up a loss April 16, yielding three runs over seven frames against the Reds. He struck out seven while allowing six hits and walking three.

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Cincinnati Reds vs. Pittsburgh Pirates

, PNC Park
To Be Announced

Edinson Volquez, RHP
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    Edinson Volquez, last 5 years vs. CIN
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Volquez allowed two runs over seven innings in defeating the Brewers April 17. He had an ugly spring, but this makes three strong starts in a row for him to start the year.

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