#Cubs vs Nationals starts Thursday

The Cubs return to Wrigley Field on Thursday to open a 10-game homestand, beginning with the Nationals. Here are the pitching matchups:

Thursday: RHP Kyle Hendricks (1-2, 3.52) vs. RHP Joe Ross (3-0, 0.79)
Friday: RHP John Lackey (3-1, 4.32) vs. RHP Max Scherzer (3-1, 3.55)
Saturday: RHP Jason Hammel (4-0, 1.24) vs. LHP Gio Gonzalez (2-1, 1.15)
Sunday: RHP Jake Arrieta (6-0, 0.84) vs. RHP Tanner Roark (2-2, 2.35)

*On Sunday, the Cubs and Advocate Health Care will “Pink Out” the Budweiser Bleachers to promote breast cancer prevention awareness while celebrating moms and women everywhere who are survivors. Guests in the Budweiser Bleachers will receive a pink “Save Second Base” T-shirt, and everyone inside the ballpark will be invited to stand to honor cancer survivors in the fourth inning. Breast cancer survivors will participate in festivities including ceremonial first pitches, singing the national anthem, forming a symbolic pink ribbon around the pitcher’s mound, meeting Cubs players as they take the field at each position and leading the seventh inning stretch.

Honorary Bat Girl Molly Oliver, who won Major League Baseball’s nationwide contest, will deliver the lineup card to the umpires. The Cubs will join other MLB teams that day in wearing pink Mother’s Day jerseys and caps, which will be authenticated, collected and auctioned by Cubs Authentics at http://www.cubs.com/authentics. Net proceeds from the auction benefit Cubs Charities.

Here are highlights for the upcoming series vs. the Nationals:

National anthem: John Vincent

First pitch: Percussionist Sunny Ortiz from American rock band Widespread Panic
National anthem: Wayne Messmer

First pitch and seventh inning stretch: Northwestern football coach Pat Fitzgerald
National anthem: Nate Klinger

Sunday – Mother’s Day:
First pitches, national anthem and 7th inning stretch: Breast cancer survivors
Postgame: Kids Run the Bases, first 1,000 kids 13-and-under



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Anything more than 2-2 in this series is a huge plus

Aloha Petrey- I have to say, the way the Nationals are playing right now, if they get 2+ games that will be great. The Nats just took 2 out 3 from the Royals at home. Hendricks needs to be loose tomorrow night, not overthink his pitches and keep it the ball low to the inside of the plate! Do not want Harper and company to extend their arms! And if they get those two wins before Sunday’s game is another huge plus. Mahalo!

Aloha Carrie- quick question, I just realized that Hendricks is following Lester. Is this now the “rotation-order:” Arrieta-Lester-Hendricks-Lackey-Hammel? Thanks! Mahalo!

That’s the order until the next rain out or Bosio decides to make a change

Aloha Carrie, thank you for that. I am curious as who might be pitching on Friday night 5/20 when the team comes out our way! Mahalo!

They will likely stay in order pending any rain outs.

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