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Chicago Cubs vs. Pittsburgh Pirates Preview, Tuesday 7/24, 6:05 CT

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Alfonso Soriano of the Chicago Cubs hits a RBI double against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  The Cubs defeated the Pirates 2-0.  (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
Alfonso Soriano of the Chicago Cubs hits a RBI double against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Cubs defeated the Pirates 2-0. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
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Ryan Dempster. Still a Cub as of this writing. Ryan Dempster, still a Cub, now says he might wait another week (till the deadline, 3 p.m. CT next Tuesday) to decide. Can we stand another week of this?

Is there anything else you guys wanted to talk about before this game? Other trades? The possibility of Matt Garza or Paul Maholm or Alfonso Soriano being dealt? No? Fine, have it your way. Go talk about Dempster. Maybe he'll be traded before game time. Sorry, don't mean this to be snarky, but I'd like for the Dempster saga to be over. I'm sure he would, too. I'll have more to say about all this if and when it actually happens.

Cubs lineup:

DeJesus CF, Castro SS, Rizzo 1B, Soriano LF, LaHair RF, Soto C, Barney 2B, Valbuena 3B, Maholm P

Pirates lineup:

Sutton LF, Walker 2B, McCutchen CF, Jones RF, McGehee 1B, Alvarez 3B, Barajas C, Barmes SS, McDonald P
Today's Starting Pitchers
Paul Maholm
Paul Maholm
Cubs
vs. James McDonald
James McDonald
Pirates
8-6 W-L 10-3
4.09 ERA 2.93
69 SO 104
29 BB 40
11 HR 10
vs. Pit -- vs. Cubs

W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2012 - Paul Maholm 8-6 19 18 0 0 0 0 105.2 107 49 48 11 29 69 4.09 1.29


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2012 - James McDonald 10-3 21 19 1 0 0 0 119.2 93 42 39 10 40 104 2.93 1.11

Today's game is on CSN Chicago.

Here is the complete MLB.com Mediacenter for today.

MLB.com Gameday

Baseball-reference.com game preview

SB Nation game preview

Please visit our SB Nation Pirates site Bucs Dugout.

Today's first pitch thread will post at 6:05 p.m. CDT and the overflows at 7:05, 8:05 and 8:50 p.m. CDT. If you need more overflows due to extra innings or rain delays, post them in the fanshot section.

Discuss amongst yourselves.