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Giants @ Cubs, 8/22

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Samardzija (9-9, 3.54 ERA) vs. Hendricks (8-9, 3.37 ERA)

Arizona Diamondbacks v Chicago Cubs Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images

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Okay, so, the Giants won’t be winning 100 games this year. Their 64th loss of the year last night guaranteed that. The Cubs are certainly going to hand them their 65th loss today, so perhaps even an 81-81 mark to finish the year is in jeopardy, too.

Anyway, let’s get this over with.

CUBS

CF — Jason Heyward
RF — Nicholas Castellanos
3B — Kris Bryant
1B — Anthony Rizzo
SS — Javier Baez
LF — Kyle Schwarber
2B — Ian Happ
C — Victor Caratini
SP — Kyle Hendricks

GIANTS

LF — Mike Yastrzemski
C — Buster Posey
LF — Alex Dickerson
3B — Evan Longoria
1B — Brandon Belt
CF — Kevin Pillar
2B — Scooter Gennett
SS — Brandon Crawford
SP — Jeff Samardzija

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