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Chicago Cubs vs. New York Yankees Preview, Sunday 5/7, 7:05 CT

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The Cubs have never played well against the Yankees. Hopefully, tonight will be different.

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All-time during the regular season, the Cubs are now 4-11 against the Yankees.

If you include the two World Series (1932, 1938) in which they met, that makes it 4-19, as both of those were four-game sweeps.

The only time the Cubs won a series from the Yankees was in 2003, when they took two of three at Wrigley Field. One of the other wins came in 2011, the other in 2014.

Personally, I will be glad that these two teams won't meet again for three years, and likely that meeting will be at Yankee Stadium.

I'll be back at the ballpark for tonight's game. (Clearly, the Cubs need me to be present, after the last two days, and yes, also, clearly I am joking. Mostly.) If you, too, are going, again you'll need to dress warm.

Here are today’s particulars.

Cubs lineup:

Schwarber LF, Bryant 3B, Rizzo 1B, Zobrist RF, Russell SS, Jay CF, Contreras C, Lester P, Baez 2B

Yankees lineup:

Ellsbury CF, Hicks LF, Holliday 1B, Castro 2B, Judge RF, Gregorius SS, Headley 3B, Romine C, Severino P

Jon Lester vs. Luis Severino

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Jon Lester used to face the Yankees a lot when he was a member of the Red Sox -- 29 career starts. The last one, though, was in 2014, and the Yankees have made a lot of changes since then. Current Yankees are 19-for-55 (.345) against him, and both Jacoby Ellsbury (5-for-10) and Matt Holliday (6-for-12) have hit him hard.

Lester has a 6.61 ERA over his last three starts with four home runs allowed in 16⅓ innings. That's going to need to change for him to succeed this year.

Luis Severino had a good April, but got hit hard in his first May start against the Blue Jays (five runs in 5⅔ innings). He has allowed six home runs already this year in 32⅔ innings, but only six walks. Again, the Cubs should look to put the ball in play. Severino has never faced the Cubs or anyone on the current roster.

Today's game is on ESPN.

Here is the complete MLB.com Mediacenter for today.

MLB.com Gameday

Baseball-reference.com game preview

SB Nation game preview

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The 2017 Game Thread procedure will be the same as the one used during 2016. Here's how it works.

You'll find the game preview posted separately on the front page, two hours before game time (90 minutes for some early day games following night games).

At the same time, a StoryStream containing the preview will also post on the front page. The First Pitch Thread and all the overflow threads will be published in that stream, as well as the recap. The recap will also live on the front page as a separate post, and at the time I write the recap I will rename the stream "Cubs vs. (Team) (Day of Week) Game Threads" so you can go back and find every thread related to that particular game.

You will also be able to find the preview, First Pitch Thread, all the overflow threads and recap in the box marked "Chicago Cubs Game Threads" at the bottom of the front page (you can also find them in this section link). They will also appear in the game's StoryStream as noted above.

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