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The Chicago Cubs hope a rainy night didn't dampen their momentum.
The Cubs, who have long struggled against the Chicago White Sox, will go for their second straight win over their crosstown rivals and third consecutive victory overall on Wednesday afternoon.
The Cubs (20-30), leading 2-0 in the third inning of Tuesday's contest, appeared poised to secure at least a tie in the intracity series for the first time since 2008, but a rainout prevented that. Instead, the Cubs, who have lost 19 of their last 28 against the White Sox (24-25), will give it another try at Wrigley Field, where the White Sox swept them last season.
"You hate to waste any time you get up 2-0 against a pitcher like (Chris) Sale," Cubs manager Dale Sveum said. "You score two and hopefully a couple more and you've done your share off a guy like that. It's too bad the game has to get canceled that quick."
To snap their string of futility against the White Sox, the Cubs hope Scott Feldman (4-4, 2.80) doesn't let one bad start dampen his own success this season. After losing his first three starts, the right-hander went 4-0 with a 1.27 ERA over his next five starts, but that came to an end on Friday. He surrendered a season-high five earned runs in 5 1-3 innings in a 7-4 loss to the Cincinnati Reds.
This will be Feldman's first appearance in this rivalry, but he's plenty familiar with the White Sox. He pitched in 13 games against them over the previous eight seasons while with Texas, going 3-2 with a 4.33 ERA. Feldman turned in a gem to beat the White Sox the last time he faced them July 29, scattering seven hits in eight innings of a 2-0 victory.
Feldman has a 1.33 ERA at home this season, striking out 24 in 27 innings over four starts.
Meanwhile, John Danks (0-0, 4.50) will return to the site where he picked up his most recent win. On May 19, 2012, Danks surrendered just three hits over 6 1-3 shutout innings in a 7-4 victory over the Cubs. He missed the rest of the year due to a left shoulder injury, and made his return Friday, giving up three runs in six innings of a 4-3 win over the Miami Marlins.
"It was a good first one,'' said Danks, who threw 76 pitches. "I did as much as I had hoped to do."
The White Sox have won Danks' last four starts extending back to 2012.
"The best part was his command and keeping everything in check and doing everything he needed to do,'' White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. "He was getting people to swing and miss. It's what you would expect of him coming back and being at full strength.''
The White Sox, who rank at the bottom of the American League with a .239 batting average, look to end an offensive slump in which they've averaged 3.0 runs over their last eight games. Right fielder Alex Rios, just 7 for 31 during that stretch, has a .345 career average against Feldman.
First baseman Paul Konerko, who hasn't homered in 14 road games, is 6 for 22 with two homers and two doubles lifetime versus Feldman. He is a career .305 hitter with seven home runs at Wrigley Field.