Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Marquis-Wood tilt closes out Reds-Cubs on Jackie Day

The Reds and Cubs will wrap up their three-game series at Wrigley Field on Wednesday night with Jason Marquis starting for Cincinnati against Chicago's Travis Wood.
As it does annually on April 15, Major League Baseball will recognize Jackie Robinson Day with tributes to the Dodgers great, who broke baseball's color barrier. Uniformed personnel from both teams will wear Robinson's league-wide retired No. 42. A pregame ceremony will highlight Robinson's career and legacy.
Things to know about this game:
• In his first start, on Friday against the Cardinals, his first big league game since July 19, 2013, Marquis had a six-inning no-decision. After a rocky first two innings, he recovered and retired a stretch of 12 batters in a row as the Reds took a 5-4 win. Marquis spent the 2007-08 seasons with the Cubs.
• Wood lasted only 4 2/3 innings and gave up three runs and seven hits in a 5-1 loss to the Rockies on Friday. The left-hander broke into the big leagues with the Reds, with whom he pitched in 2010-11. He is 2-5 with a 2.98 ERA in his 10 career starts against his former team.
• Cubs catcher Miguel Montero could be a tough matchup for Marquis. Montero is 7-for-20 (.350) with four home runs against the right-hander.

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