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1B Anthony Rizzo went 1-for-4 with a double in Friday's loss to the Cardinals. Of his 84 hits, 27 have been doubles. He also has two triples and 13 home runs. Rizzo is batting .246 for the year.

LF Alfonso Soriano (1-for-3) is hitting .345 (19-for-55) with 18 RBIs since June 28. He's homered in three of his last seven games, including multihomer efforts last Saturday against Pittsburgh and Tuesday vs. the Angels.

RHP Matt Garza (5-1, 3.22 ERA) makes his 11th start and fourth at home Saturday night as he seeks his sixth consecutive quality start. Garza earned his fourth straight victory in an 8-2 Cubs triumph on July 8 at the White Sox, throwing 7.0 innings while allowing one earned run and five hits while striking out six. He's 2-1 with a 4.22 ERA all-time against the Cardinals. The Cubs are 7-3 in his 10 starts.

RHP Carlos Villanueva (2-5) recorded his sixth quality start in a losing effort on Friday. He retired the final 12 Cardinal batters he faced after allowing Carlos Beltran's single to lead off the third inning. He fell to 5-4 with a 3.14 ERA in 28 career games (nine starts) against St. Louis and is 0-1 with a 3.38 ERA in three games against the Cardinals this season.

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