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Reds look to take Windy City series

Reds in position to take Windy City series

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The Reds will wrap up their three-game set with the Cubs on Wednesday afternoon, as right-hander Aaron Harang gets the starting nod.

Harang has been solid for much of '05, though he's suffered from a lack of bullpen and run support in his last two outings. His six innings of work against the Astros on April 17 were negated by a blown save, and his six innings against the Marlins last Friday, when he gave up two runs on eight hits, weren't enough for a victory because of a lack of production on the offensive end.

The dependable Harang, a pleasant surprise for the Reds in the middle of the rotation this season, will be entrusted with getting a big win that would give the Reds the edge in this series.

In two career starts at Wrigley Field, Harang is 0-0 with a 3.75 ERA.

Pitching matchup:
CIN: RHP Aaron Harang
• 1-1, 3.70 ERA in 2005
• 1-0, 4.50 ERA vs. CHC in 2004

CHC: RHP Ryan Dempster
• 1-3, 4.57 ERA in 2005
• 0-0, 0.00 ERA vs. CIN in 2004

Player to watch
Felipe Lopez. He'll be in the lineup to spell Rich Aurilia at short. Lopez, who will be making his sixth start of the season, doesn't get many opportunities at the plate, but he's made the most of his scant time on this road trip. He's gone 2-for-3 with a home run and two RBIs.

Quotable
"I hope to not play with fire too much longer." -- Closer Danny Graves, who has converted all eight of his save opportunities despite constantly allowing baserunners

On the Internet
MLB.TV
Gameday Audio
Gameday
Official game notes

On television:
• CIN: None
• CHC: WGN

On radio:
• CIN: WLW 700
• CHC: WGN 720

Quick hits
Eric Milton tied a career high by serving up four home runs to the Cubs on Tuesday night. The last time he gave up that many was also in Chicago, on June 9, 2004, against the White Sox. ... With a pinch-hit double, Ryan Freel extended his hitting streak to eight games. ... The Reds are 2-3 on this road trip.

On deck
• Thursday: Off
• Friday: Reds at Brewers, 8:05 p.m. ET
• Saturday: Reds at Brewers, 2:05 p.m. ET

Anthony Castrovince is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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