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* The Cubs are aiming at their third-straight win on the road for the first time since June 10 (Minnesota) and June 18-19 (White Sox). They are trying for their first series sweep on the road since August 1-4, 2010, in Pittsburgh (four games). * On Saturday, the Cubs won their third road game in 19 games since the start of August. They have dropped 20 of 25 road games since the All-Star break
* Alfonso Soriano hit his 27th home run on Saturday. He now has 92 RBIs, his most in a single-season in his six years with the Cubs, and most since 95 RBI in 2006 with Washington.
* Rookie outfielder Brett Jackson, who bruised his right knee crashing into the wall on Friday, was moving much better on Sunday but not expected back in the Cubs lineup until Tuesday at the earliest. The Cubs face left-handed pitchers on Sunday and Monday, and Jackson would not start against them. Sveum said they’d re-evaluate in Houston.
* The Cubs players will be wearing NFL jerseys on the flight from Pittsburgh to Houston. It’s NFL Sunday. Sveum is a Raiders fan, so he has a Kenny Stabler jersey.
“I don’t quite have his hair,” Sveum said.
Soriano picked Deion “Prime Time” Sanders, and several players got Steelers jerseys because they were available in Pittsburgh. Joe Mather has a Troy Polamalu jersey, but he got it before this trip.
“I’m a real Steelers fan,” Mather said.
— Carrie Muskat