In wake of Garza trade, Rusin gets ball for Cubs vs. D-backs

In wake of Garza trade, Rusin gets ball for Cubs vs. D-backs
July 22, 2013, 5:00 pm
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Cubs vs. D-backs, 8 p.m.
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On the hill: Chris Rusin (0-0, 8.10 ERA); Tyler Skaggs (2-1, 4.03 ERA)

What to watch: The Cubs sent originally scheduled starter Matt Garza to the Rangers in the highly anticipated deadline deal Monday afternoon. That means Chris Rusin will step in to make the start, his second of the season.

Diamondbacks at at a glance: 51-47 (1st in National League West, one-half game ahead of Los Angeles) ... +8 run differential on the season ... 27-20 record at home.

Diamondbacks pitching leaders: Wins - Patrick Corbin (11); ERA - Corbin (2.35); WHIP - Corbin (1.00); Strikeouts - Corbin (109); Saves - Heath Bell (15)

Diamondbacks batting leaders: Average - Paul Goldschmidt (.309); Home runs - Goldschmidt (21); RBIs - Goldschmidt (78); Slugging percentage - Goldschmidt (.550); On-base percentage - Goldschmidt (.392)

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Vinnie Duber

Matt Garza is no longer a Cub, and while that's the biggest baseball news in Chicago, there's still a game to play tonight.

The Cubs start their series with the Diamondbacks on Monday night in Phoenix, and they'll be doing it without Garza, who was scheduled to start the series-opener until he was shipped to the Texas Rangers on Monday afternoon. Chris Rusin will be starting in his place, with all the action airing on CSN tonight starting at 8 p.m.

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Manager Dale Sveum made a "100 percent" guarantee Sunday that it'd be Garza taking the hill for the Cubs on Monday, but it quickly became clear that wouldn't be the case when Garza was reported as scratched and then traded shortly thereafter during the day.

Rusin has been called up to make the start in Garza's place, and the lefty will make his second start of the season. He didn't get a decision in his one start prior, made July 2 at Oakland, an 8-7 Cubs loss. He allowed three runs on six hits — two were home runs — in just 3 1/3 innings, walking away with a 8.10 ERA.

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Arizona sends Tyler Skaggs up against Rusin and the Cubs on Monday at Chase Field. Skaggs is 2-1 on the season with a 4.03 ERA in five starts. The 22-year-old left-hander is coming off his shortest outing of the season, as he lasted just 4 1/3 innings July 10 against the Dodgers.

The Cubs dropped two games of a three-game set earlier in the season when the D-backs visited Wrigley Field and were outscored 22-15 in those contests.