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National League Preview from The Sports Network



Wednesday, April 2nd (All times Eastern)

Chicago Cubs (0-1) at Pittsburgh Pirates (1-0), 7:05 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: Chicago - Edwin Jackson (0-0, 0.00) Pittsburgh - Charlie Morton (0-0, 0.00)

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Pittsburgh Pirates try to make it two in a row on Wednesday when they resume their season-opening three-game series versus the Chicago Cubs at PNC Park.

Pittsburgh won in thrilling fashion Monday, as Neil Walker belted a leadoff homer in the bottom of the 10th inning to lift the Pirates to a 1-0 victory.

Walker, a Pittsburgh native, drove a 3-2 pitch from Carlos Villanueva (0-1) into the right field seats to send the largest crowd in PNC Park history home happy.

The blast made a winner of Bryan Morris (1-0), who worked around a one-out single in the top of the 10th with a pickoff that was overturned in Pittsburgh's favor on a replay challenge.

Emilio Bonifacio had four hits for the Cubs, who finished a dismal 0-for-11 with runners in scoring position.

Both teams wasted magnificent efforts from their starters. Pittsburgh's Francisco Liriano struck out 10 over six scoreless innings, while Jeff Samardzija went seven innings without allowing a run.

Now the Pirates turn to righty Charlie Morton, who signed a 3-year, $21 million extension with the team this offseason. Morton had a successful return from June 2012 Tommy John surgery and went 7-4 with a 3.26 ERA across 20 starts last season.

"He's got the stuff to get it done," Hurdle said of Morton. "I think he's finally aware of it, and has bought into it."

Chicago, meanwhile, will counter with righty Edwin Jackson, who in the first year of a 4-year, $52 million deal with the Cubs, led the National League with 18 losses.

"Last year was a crazy year and it wasn't a year I wanted to have," said Jackson, who won just eight times and pitched to a 4.98 ERA a year ago. "I'm going to go out and play the way I know I can play. I haven't lost any confidence -- I never lost any confidence last year. It was a tough season, but at the end of the day, I came in the clubhouse the same person, day in and day out. I'm ready to go out and show what I can do."

Pittsburgh was 12-7 against the Cubs last season.

04/02 10:29:29 ET

  • CBB: North Carolina vs. Ohio State

    Saturday at 1:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • CBB: UCLA vs Kentucky

    Saturday at 3:30 pm on WRAL-TV

  • NFL: San Diego at San Francisco

    Saturday at 8:25 pm on WRAL-TV

  • NFL: Panthers vs. Cleveland

    Monday at 1:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • WBB: Duke vs. UMass Lowell

    Tomorrow at 6:30 pm on 620am

  • NFL: Philadelphia at Washington

    Saturday at 4:25 pm on 620am

Scoreboard
Local
Final
CAR 4
TOR 1
Final
DUKE 66
UCONN 56
 
Final
CHI 103
NYK 97
 
Final
HOU 90
NOP 99
 
2nd
SAC 51
MIL 54
 
1st
GSW 20
OKC 34
 
Final
RICE 72
STTHOMASTX 61
 
Final
UVA 70
CLST 54
Final
LIU 69
FIU 58
 
Final
STET 67
GSOUT 76
 
Final
QUIN 80
LEH 65
 
Final
SFLA 69
SHU 89
Final
RICH 65
SALA 54
Final
CAN 60
USB 59
 
Final
DEL 62
TEMPL 82
Final
WCU 56
WRST 69
 
Final
VERM 56
YALE 57
 
Final
SDKST 75
IDST 72
 
Final
RIDE 62
MRGST 48
 
Final
LATU 79
NICST 54
 
Final
CHAR 75
APP 65
Final
MISS 71
CCAR 68
 
Final
DUKE 66
UCONN 56
 
Final
BRAD 80
EUREK 38
 
Final
PEAY 76
OAKC 52
 
Final
JST 66
SMISS 46
 
Final
SD 55
MNTST 53
 
Final
UAB 70
LSU 79
 
3rd
EVAN 69
OHIO 69
 
Half
CSFU 30
CSDH 17
 
Half
ORST 48
DEP 28
 
Half
PAC 35
NEV 17
 
2nd
USF 49
PORST 22
 
Half
IDAHO 49
WALLA 18
 
1st
UTST 20
CALST 18
 
Final
PIT 1
COL 0
Final
PHI 1
FLA 2
Final
CAR 4
TOR 1
Final
CLB 4
WAS 5
Final
MON 1
ANA 2
 
1st
SJS 0
EDM 1
 
1st
LOS 0
STL 1
 
4th
JAC 21
TEN 13