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Tuesday, April 29th (All times Eastern)

Chicago Cubs (8-16) at Cincinnati Reds (11-14), 7:10 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: Chicago - Jeff Samardzija (0-2, 1.53) Cincinnati - Alfredo Simon (3-1, 1.30)

(SportsNetwork.com) - Jeff Samardzija has one of the better earned run averages in the National League, but does not have a win to show for it.

The right-hander hopes to move past his tough luck on Tuesday night as the Chicago Cubs try once again to open their series with the Cincinnati Reds.

This originally scheduled three-game set was to get underway on Monday night, but that contest was postponed due to rain. A makeup date has yet to be announced and both clubs are expected to turn to last night's starters for this game.

Samardzija has pitched to a 1.53 ERA through five starts this season, not allowing more than two earned runs in any of those outings, but sits at 0-2 and is actually winless in his last 11 starts dating back to last season.

He concluded the 2013 campaign 0-2 in his last six outings following a victory on Aug. 24.

Samardzija was in line to beat the Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday, holding them to two runs on seven hits and a pair of walks over 7 1/3 innings, but the bullpen allowed five runs in the ninth frame. That left Samardzija with a no- decision in the 7-5 setback.

"I'm going out and doing my job," Samardzija told his club's website. "As a starting pitcher, you know when you're pitching every fifth day and you come out -- you have to have a short memory as a pitcher. You start carrying over start to start, that's when it starts to snowball on you. You keep doing your work and competing for the team and hope for the best."

The 29-year-old went 0-2 with a 5.16 ERA in five starts versus the Reds last season, then dropped a 4-1 decision to them at home on April 18. Samardzija was charged with three runs (one earned) over seven frames with seven strikeouts.

Alfredo Simon opposed Samardzija on that day and will do so again tonight. That outing was the righty's first career start against the Cubs following 10 relief appearances and he allowed just one unearned run over six frames. That moved Simon to 2-0 with a save and 2.16 ERA versus Chicago.

The 32-year-old was plugged into Cincinnati's rotation at the start of the season due to Mat Latos' injury and has responded with a 3-1 record through four starts with a 1.30 ERA that is fourth best in the NL.

Simon won his second straight start on Wednesday as he topped Pittsburgh 5-2 despite some early trouble. He issued three of his season-high five walks in the first inning to force in a run, but was solid the rest of the way in allowing just one more run over 6 2/3 total innings of work.

"I feel comfortable right now," Simon said. "I'm getting to know the hitters (in the National League)."

The Reds probably don't feel too comfortable in close games following Sunday's 1-0 loss to the Atlanta Braves, who swept the three-game series. The loss dropped Cincinnati to 3-9 in one-run games this season and wasted another gem by Johnny Cueto.

Cueto, who was coming off back-to-back complete-game victories, struck out 11 over eight scoreless innings of three-hit ball, moving his ERA to 1.15 that sits as the second best in the NL.

However, the offense struggled and the Braves won it on Freddie Freeman's RBI single in the 10th off J.J. Hoover.

Cincinnati had won three in a row before getting swept and went 5-5 on a 10- game road trip.

"It's still early," said Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips. "I'm not really worried about anything. That's just how baseball goes. We just didn't take advantage of the situations. We still got a long season, man."

Chicago, meanwhile, snapped a four-game slide by salvaging the finale of a three-game set with the Milwaukee Brewers, taking Sunday's contest 4-0.

Jason Hammel hurled five hitless innings before yielding a double in the sixth and then a walk before getting out of the jam.

Hammel, who scattered three hits and two walks over seven innings with seven strikeouts, admitted to getting confused on signs in the frame, taking him out of his no-hit groove.

"What happened in the sixth inning was I pretty much screwed myself going back and forth from signs. We were bouncing back and forth between innings, changing up signs, and I got caught up in the signs. I basically mixed myself up and kind of lost my rhythm," Hammel said.

Starlin Castro belted a pair of solo homers for the Cubs, his second multi- homer game of his career. The other also came this season.

The Reds won two of three over the hosting Cubs from April 18-20 and have been victorious in 31 of the last 41 encounters dating back to late in the 2011 season.

04/29 10:38:55 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
3rd
CAR 10
CLE 3
 
7:00pm Tonight
NYR
CAR
3:30pm Today
TOR
NYK
4:30pm Today
CLE
MEM
6:00pm Tonight
MIA
BOS
6:00pm Tonight
BRK
DET
6:00pm Tonight
SAC
LAL
6:00pm Tonight
ORL
PHI
6:00pm Tonight
WAS
PHO
7:00pm Tonight
MIN
IND
7:00pm Tonight
OKC
NOP
Final
UVA 76
HARV 27
Final
BGU 68
FERST 82
 
1st OT
ARMY 62
MAINE 64
 
Final
QUIN 60
ORST 52
 
1st OT
CLST 64
USF 63
 
2nd
CARK 45
CCAR 64
 
2nd
UWGB 43
ARKLR 31
 
Half
RAD 32
CORN 38
 
2nd
UNT 37
CREI 21
 
2nd
CAN 26
HC 23
 
2nd
USB 32
GHND 30
 
2nd
OKST 30
MD 43
 
2nd
WINT 44
REIN 32
 
2nd
UGST 42
SMISS 33
 
2nd
NEOM 45
TXPA 35
 
2nd
STLU 29
VERM 28
 
Half
UNCA 34
WCU 28
 
Half
EVAN 47
ALAST 49
 
1st
HART 39
FIU 29
 
1st
VALPO 31
GOSHEN 22
 
1st
LIP 0
PEAY 0
 
3:00pm Today
DEN
BRY
 
1st
MONT 0
SD 0
 
3:00pm Today
MTST
TENST
3:00pm Today
SAMF
LAMON
 
3:30pm Today
SCAR
COKR
 
4:00pm Today
HAMP
NARZ
 
4:00pm Today
SDU
SDCHR
 
4:00pm Today
BC
USC
4:30pm Today
NICST
TROY
 
4:30pm Today
BRAD
UCI
 
6:00pm Tonight
UGA
SHU
6:30pm Tonight
ALA
APP
7:00pm Tonight
KSU
NDST
 
7:00pm Tonight
WASU
SJST
9:00pm Tonight
UTEP
ALCOR
 
10:00pm Tonight
SEAT
SACST
 
6:00pm Tonight
DET
COL
6:00pm Tonight
EDM
DAL
7:00pm Tonight
BOS
BUF
7:00pm Tonight
NYR
CAR
7:00pm Tonight
CHI
TOR
9:00pm Tonight
WIN
PHI
3rd
NOS 7
ATL 20
 
3rd
HOU 16
BAL 0
 
3rd
CAR 10
CLE 3
 
3rd
CHI 14
DET 10
 
4th
TAM 3
GBP 10
 
3rd
PIT 10
KAN 6
 
3rd
MIA 14
MIN 17
 
3rd
NYJ 13
NEP 10
 
4:05pm Today
STL
NYG
4:25pm Today
OAK
BUF
4:25pm Today
DAL
IND
8:30pm Tonight
ARI
SEA