Chicago Cubs vs. Pittsburgh Pirates preview, Saturday 8/17, 12:35 CT

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Chicago Cubs vs. Pittsburgh Pirates preview, Saturday 8/17, 12:35 CT
Chicago Cubs vs. Pittsburgh Pirates preview, Saturday 8/17, 12:35 CT

Happy 26th birthday to Cubs catcher Victor Caratini. Saturday notes: Friday night's loss was the Cubs' sixth this season in which they had entered the ninth inning with a lead, the most such losses in the majors this season. (Hint: That's a lot. Last year they were 82-2 when leading entering the ninth.) Anthony Rizzo homered Thursday off southpaw Drew Smyly. Since his Cubs debut in 2012, Rizzo's 52 home runs off left-handed pitchers are the most by any N.L. lefthanded hitter in that span, and fourth-most in the majors. Nicholas Castellanos belted five homers in his first 12 games as a Cub. Per STATS, Inc., Castellanos is the seventh player since 1913 to hit at least five homers in his first 12

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