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Probable Pitchers

Atlanta Braves @ Chicago Cubs

, Wrigley Field
Julio Teheran, RHP
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Teheran was impressive as he completed his finest start of the season on Monday, but he was facing a Red Sox lineup that included just three left-handed hitters. He will need to command his two-seamer to survive at Wrigley.

John Lackey, RHP
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Lackey will try to get back on track after taking the loss in his last outing against the Reds. In that game, he served up six runs over 5 1/3 innings. The right-hander is 1-1 with a 2.76 ERA in three career starts against the Braves.

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Atlanta Braves @ Chicago Cubs

, Wrigley Field
Matt Wisler, RHP
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Wisler will attempt to show how much he has improved since surrendering four homers in 2 2/3 innings vs. the Cubs at Wrigley Field on Aug. 23. The young hurler has impressed this year, but he's been victimized by big innings in three of four starts.

Jason Hammel, RHP
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Hammel threw six shutout innings in his last start against the Reds, and now boasts a 0.75 ERA for the season, giving up two earned runs over 24 innings. Hammel has more RBIs himself (three), and is proud of his current three-game hitting streak.

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Chicago Cubs @ Pittsburgh Pirates

, PNC Park
Kyle Hendricks, RHP
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Hendricks held the Brewers to two hits over five innings in his last outing, and was lifted for a pinch-hitter. Manager Joe Maddon decided the Cubs needed to try and score at that point. Best of all, Hendricks understood.

Gerrit Cole, RHP
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Cole was extremely effective with his fastball Tuesday, throwing it over 70 times in 103 pitches. He had great command, and was able to use the entire zone to keep the Rockies off balance. He yielded two earned runs in six innings.

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Chicago Cubs @ Pittsburgh Pirates

, PNC Park
Jake Arrieta, RHP
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Think Pirates fans are looking forward to this game? It will be Arrieta's first start at PNC Park since he threw a shutout against the Pirates in the National League Wild Card Game on Oct. 7.

Jonathon Niese, LHP
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Niese was inconsistent Wednesday in Colorado, missing his location and watching the Rockies crush his pitches. He started strong but ended up allowing five runs on 10 hits and two walks and left the sixth with the bases loaded and no outs.

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Chicago Cubs @ Pittsburgh Pirates

, PNC Park
Jon Lester, LHP
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Lester has opened the season with five straight quality starts for the first time in his career. He's also walked two or fewer in all five games. He's 2-2 with a 1.86 ERA in four career starts vs. the Pirates.

Juan Nicasio, RHP
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