Pirates to open second half in Chicago

Pirates open second half at Wrigley Field

PITTSBURGH -- The Pirates open a four-game series with the Cubs at Wrigley Field following the All-Star break.

The Pirates have set their pitching rotation for the first few games in the second half of the season. They will start off with lefty Mark Redman on July 15 at Chicago, followed by right-hander Josh Fogg, southpaw Zach Duke and right-hander Kip Wells.

Redman will be making his 19th start of the season. He has lost four straight decisions, allowing a total of 20 runs in his last four outings.

The Bucs haven't given Redman much run support; they have been shut out in four of his starts.

The Cubs will have right-hander Mark Prior on the hill.

Pitching matchup:
PIT: LHP Mark Redman
• 4-8, 3.76 ERA in 2005
• 0-1, 3.68 ERA vs CHI in 2005

CHC: RHP Mark Prior
• 5-3, 3.41 ERA in 2005
• 0-0, 3.86 ERA vs PIT in 2005

Player to watch
In his last three games, Pittsburgh catcher Humberto Cota has gone 5-for-12 with a double, two homers and five RBIs.

"I think our biggest thing is to just get guys healthy. We got Craig Wilson back, and we need to get [Oliver] Perez and [Mike] Gonzalez back in there. If we can start at full strength soon, I like where we are, and I like the way we're playing." -- Pirates manager Lloyd McClendon, on his team's second-half prospects

On the Internet
Gameday Audio
Official game notes

On television
• PIT: No TV

On radio
• PIT: KDKA 1020
• CHC: WGN 720

Quick hits
When the Pirates won their final series of the first half against the Mets, it marked the first time that they had won a series since taking two of three from Tampa Bay June 10-12.

On deck
• Friday: at Cubs, 2:20 p.m. ET
• Saturday: at Cubs, 4:05 p.m. ET
• Sunday: at Cubs, 2:20 p.m. ET

George Von Benko is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.