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Tuesday, August 6th (All times Eastern)

Chicago Cubs (49-62) at Philadelphia Phillies (50-61), 7:05 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: Chicago - Edwin Jackson (7-11, 4.65) Philadelphia - Kyle Kendrick (9-8, 4.29)

(Sports Network) - Following a much-needed off day for both clubs, the Chicago Cubs and Philadelphia Phillies open up a three-game series on Tuesday night at Citizens Bank Park.

The Cubs head to Philadelphia following a 1-7 homestand and sit 13 games under .500, while the Phillies are 11 games under the even mark thanks to losses in 13 of their past 14 games.

The Phillies dropped their fifth straight game on Sunday as the Atlanta Braves finished off a three-game sweep with a 4-1 win. The Braves extended their edge over the third-place Phillies to 17 games in the NL East with Monday's win over Washington.

It marks the first time that Philly has lost 13 of 14 since Aug.28-Sept. 14, 1999, though Darin Ruf provided a bright spot by extending his string of reaching base safely to 32 straight games dating back to last season. That is the longest run for the club since Chase Utley's 33-game span from Sept. 7, 2008-April 22, 2009.

The Phillies are also expected to have outfielder Domonic Brown in the lineup after activating the All-Star from the seven-day concussion disabled list on Tuesday. Brown is hitting .271 with 24 homers and 69 RBI in 99 games this season and had three hits, one a homer, in a rehab game with Class-A Lakewood on Monday.

But, the bullpen will be without left-hander Antonio Bastardo, who on Monday was suspended for 50 games for his role in the Biogenesis case. Bastardo was 3-2 with a 2.32 earned run average in 48 appearances for a bullpen that ranks 28th in baseball with a 4.29 ERA.

"Obviously, the Phillies are very disappointed to learn of Antonio Bastardo's violation of Major League Baseball's Drug Program," said Philadelphia president David Montgomery in a statement. "We strongly believe in the Program and look forward to a time when performance enhancing drugs are completely out of baseball. Hopefully the sanctions announced (Monday) will bring us closer to that day. We respect the fact that Antonio has acknowledged his serious mistake and accepted his 50-game suspension."

The Cubs hope to take advantage of the Phillies' beleaguered bullpen and get their offense on track. They went just 1-for-7 with runners in scoring position in Sunday's 1-0 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers and were shut out three times on their homestand. That includes the final two games of their four-game set versus Los Angeles as Chicago has not plated a run over its last 23 innings.

Edwin Jackson has been immune to Chicago's recent struggles and he looks to extend his recent run of success on Tuesday night.

The right-hander recorded the lone victory on the Cubs' homestand and is 4-1 over his past six outings with a 2.23 ERA. He was just 3-10 with a 5.84 ERA on the season before that stretch.

Jackson concluded an excellent July with a win over Milwaukee last Wednesday. The 29-year-old held the Brewers to a run on eight hits over eight innings, striking out four without a walk.

"It was a combination of everything," Jackson said of the victory. "We had great defensive plays all around from pretty much every position."

Jackson is now 7-11 with a 4.65 ERA in 21 starts this season and will be eyeing just his second career win over the Phillies. He is 1-4 against them with a 4.45 ERA in five previous meetings.

While the Cubs hurler is on a roll, Phillies right-hander Kyle Kendrick has struggled over his last six outings and is coming off a rough loss to the San Francisco Giants last Wednesday.

Kendrick was charged with seven runs -- six earned -- on eight hits and a walk over just two-plus innings of a 9-2 defeat. He is 2-4 with a 7.11 ERA over his last six starts and 9-8 with a 4.29 ERA in 22 appearances this season.

"Everything they hit fell," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. "(Kendrick) just had one of those games where things definitely didn't go his way."

The 28-year-old has never beaten the Cubs despite a 1.69 ERA in four previous encounters, all but one of those starts. He is 0-1 against them.

The Phillies have won nine of their past 12 versus the Cubs, splitting a four- game set at home against them last year.

08/06 15:24:45 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
Final
UWGB 66
ECU 49
4th
CHA 77
LAC 83
 
4th
CHA 77
LAC 83
 
4th
CLE 91
ORL 62
 
4th
PHI 84
POR 98
 
3rd
TOR 62
PHO 56
 
2nd
HOU 43
NYK 36
 
1st
DAL 16
IND 15
 
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UTA
CHI
Final
UWGB 66
ECU 49
Final
WEBER 59
NEV 56
Final
FRES 52
EVAN 58
Final
KYST 88
PURD 79
Final
LSU 61
CLEM 64
Final
ALCOR 95
DILL 73
 
Final
CHIST 46
UGST 69
Final
DET 69
MDES 55
 
Final
ARZ 72
MIZZ 53
 
Final
INDST 61
PEAY 57
 
Final
FLGC 58
MAR 43
 
Final
LALAF 52
UWMIL 56
 
Final
ODU 58
GWEBB 46
 
2nd
MD 78
ARST 73
 
Final
TOL 92
BUCK 65
 
Final
JMU 77
COL 71
 
2nd
WINT 59
ETST 61
 
2nd
GSOUT 72
FIU 65
 
Final
BST 88
GRAM 46
 
2nd
APP 70
HAMP 59
 
Final
MAST 89
JVU 71
 
Final
XAV 89
MURST 62
 
2nd
WAKE 70
NICST 39
 
2nd
MSU 77
SCU 47
 
Final
LOU 87
SAV 26
 
Final
TENT 81
SELA 62
 
2nd
VCU 47
VILL 66
 
1st OT
OU 66
WCU 68
 
2nd
IND 54
EWASH 50
 
Half
ILL 31
BRO 35
 
Half
MSST 29
CLAYST 18
 
Half
BEL 41
LIP 27
 
Half
TCU 60
MVSU 20
 
Half
IOWA 35
PEPP 30
 
Half
MEM 38
PVU 23
 
Half
KU 51
RIDE 22
 
Half
BAY 33
STEPH 22
 
Half
INCWORD 51
A 34
 
1st
USF 18
HAW 17
 
1st
OKST 9
ORST 12
 
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WYO
FAM
 
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MARQ
YALE
 
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CHAM
PITT
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ILLST
SHU
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NMST
STET
 
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ISU
ALA
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SDKST
CHADRON
 
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NCOL
CCHR
 
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OREG
MICH
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SDU
WMICH
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PORST
SIUE
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AUB
TULSA
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SDST
BYU
3rd
NYI 0
PHI 0
 
2nd Intermission
BOS 2
PIT 2
 
2nd
FLA 1
MIN 2
 
2nd
DET 2
OTT 1
 
3rd
BUF 24
NYJ 3
 
1st
NOS 0
BAL 7