Today the Cubs will be facing the Reds in the second matchup of their four-game series.
On Thursday night, Alfonso Soriano's two-run homer gave the Chicago the win over Cincinnati. That hit marked his 360th home run in the majors, and while he doesn't have an exact number he'd like to hit during his career, he's very focused on setting a strong example for the younger players.
Today's game is at 1:20 CST. Here's a look at the starting lineup:
1. David DeJesus - RF
2. Darwin Barney - 2B
3. Anthony Rizzo - 1B
4. Alfonso Soriano - LF
5. Starlin Castro - SS
6. Josh Vitters - 3B
7. Brett Jackson - CF
8. Welington Castillo - C
9. Justin Germano - P
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School: St. Charles North
Head coach: Robert Pomaczak
Assistant coaches: Dan Meyo (assistant head coach), Brian Flynn (offensive coordinator), Rick Magsamen (defensive coordinator), Tom Poulin (special teams), Jeff Petersen and Joe Nemetz.
How they fared in 2015: 7-3 (4-2) Upstate 8 River Conference. St. Charles North made the Class 7A state playoff field and lost to Benet Academy in opening-round action.
Biggest storyline in 2016: Is this the year that the North Stars win the Upstate 8 River conference?
Names to watch this season: WR/TE Griffin Hammer, OT Isaac Hawn
Biggest holes to fill: Can the North Stars find some answers in the defensive backfield after graduation losses from this past spring?
EDGY's early take: St. Charles North, with 13 starters returning, has continued to take positive steps under Pomaczak. North has the makings of doing some big things this fall, however playing both Batavia and Geneva on the road in Weeks 8 and 9 is an enormous task to say the least.
The top-ranked Class of 2017 offensive tackle in the state is off the board.
Richmond-Burton's Dalton Wagner, a four-star offensive tackle, gave Arkansas head coach Brett Bielema his verbal commitment Friday morning. Wagner has been at Arkansas since Thursday making an unofficial visit and announced his decision via his Twitter account.
Wagner narrowed his favorites down to Indiana, Oklahoma and Arkansas last month. Wagner is now the 19th known verbal commitment in the Razorbacks' 2017 recruiting class and the first from Illinois.
The Cubs optioned Tommy La Stella to Triple-A Iowa on Friday, making room for Chris Coghlan, who was activated off the disabled list ahead of Friday’s series-opener against the Mariners at Wrigley Field.
Coghlan was the team’s starting left fielder and leadoff hitter for Friday afternoon’s contest.
Coghlan returns after a 26-day stay on the disabled list. The Cubs reacquired him this season after he played in 148 games for the team last season. In 19 games with the North Siders in 2016, Coghlan is batting .194/.356/.306 with seven hits in 45 plate appearances.
After missing nearly a month with an injury of his own, La Stella played in 13 games during the month of July. On the season, La Stella is hitting .295/.388/.457 with nine doubles, a pair of home runs and 14 runs scored.