Pittsburgh (39-49) at Chicago (44-44)

Cloudy Currently: Chicago, IL
Temp: 78° F
  • Game info: 2:20 pm EDT Fri Jul 15, 2005
  • TV: ESPN, CSN
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After spending most of the first half of the season on the disabled list, Kerry Wood looks ready to help the Chicago Cubs make a second-half push.

The right-hander will try to help Chicago’s winning streak to five games as the resurgent Cubs continue a four-game series with the visiting Pittsburgh Pirates.

Wood, sidelined for two months with a strained right shoulder, was strong in his last start before the All-Star break, beating Florida 8-2 on Saturday. He allowed two runs and six hits over 7 2-3 innings for his first win in 2 1/2 months.

Wood, who hadn’t won since beating Pittsburgh on April 24, struck out four in his third start since returning from the DL.

“He pitched great,” Chicago manager Dusty Baker said. “That’s the best game he’s thrown since he’s been back. Hopefully he can start rolling from here.”

The Cubs are rolling again, rebounding nicely from an eight-game losing streak shortly before the break. Chicago completed a three-game sweep of the Florida Marlins before the break, and Mark Prior pitched them to a 5-1 win Thursday.

In his fourth start since coming off the DL after a line drive fractured a bone in his pitching elbow, Prior allowed two hits in eight innings and struck out 10.

Pirates right-hander Josh Fogg will counter for Pittsburgh on Friday, seeking his first win in eight starts since beating Florida on June 1.

Fogg pitched well in his last start, allowing two runs and five hits over seven innings of Pittsburgh’s 6-5 win over the New York Mets.

He is 4-5 with a 5.79 ERA in 15 career starts against the Cubs.

The Pirates have lost seven of their last eight games at Wrigley Field.

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Starting Pitchers

J. Fogg Phi vs. K. Wood ChC
6-11 Record 3-4
5.05 ERA 4.23
85 K 77
53 BB 26
1.47 WHIP 1.18