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* Scott Feldman improved to 4-1 with a 1.64 ERA in five career starts at Wrigley Field. He’s 5-1 in his last seven starts after opening the season 0-3.
“He was able to get through it and manage innings and make big pitches when he had to,” Dale Sveum said. “That’s one thing that he seems to do is get in a little bit of trouble, and you see the wheels come off and, bam, here’s the good stuff and the location in big situations.”
* The Cubs have won three in a row, and seem to be playing better baseball after Sunday’s come from behind win over the Reds.
“All of a sudden, it seems like everybody is having good at-bats and everybody is contributing,” Sveum said. “Everybody is getting a little bit of playing time and doing a nice job.”
* Wednesday’s game drew 31,279, the smallest crowd at Wrigley Field for a Cubs-White Sox game since the Interleague series began in 1997.
“I know our guys have been talking about it prior to this,” Sveum said of the intracity series. “It’s a series that sometimes, when you’re in a little bit of a lull, it gets you going because of the intensity and you know everybody in Chicago is watching and throughout the country sometimes because it is a crosstown rivalry, like the Mets and Yankees type thing. These are the series that get you going back in the right direction because the adrenaline is at another level.”
* David DeJesus is batting .349 in 23 games at Wrigley Field.
* Former Blackhawks coach Denis Savard sang the seventh inning stretch. Several of the Cubs players, including Dioner Navarro, were headed to the game Wednesday night.
— Carrie Muskat