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The Cubs a scored a minor consolation in the wake of their trip to Washington, D.C., to play a makeup game Thursday against the Nationals.
The team, with help from the city of Chicago, was able to change the starting time of Friday’s game at Wrigley Field against the Reds from 1:20 p.m. to 7:05 p.m.
The Cubs sought a switch in the start time of Friday’s game after their apparent hopes of rescheduling Thursday’s game at Nationals Park to after the end of the season didn’t materialize.
After Wednesday night’s game with the Brewers, the Cubs will fly to Washington to play Thursday’s makeup game of Sunday’s rainout at 4:05 p.m. Eastern time, then return to Chicago after the game to open a three-game series against the Reds.
Manager Joe Maddon said during Wednesday’s pregame session that he already plans to keep some starting pitchers and outfielder Kyle Schwarber, who has a stiff back, at home.
Left-hander Mike Montgomery, who is scheduled to start Thursday’s game, elected to fly with the team to Washington despite the anticipated short rest.
Montgomery, who hasn’t pitched since Sept. 4, will likely oppose Joe Ross, who is 5-3 with a 5.01 ERA and 1.466 WHIP.
Cy Young Award favorite Max Scherzer had been scheduled to start, but Nationals manager Dave Martinez reportedly is juggling the rotation.
Hurricane Florence is bearing down on the East Coast, and the Cubs have expressed concerns that weather could delay the game or their efforts to fly home Thursday night.
Left-hander Cole Hamels is scheduled to start Friday’s game. Gates will open two hours before the first pitch.