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(AP) -- The Chicago Cubs opted against dealing coveted prospects to acquire one of the top-line starting pitchers on the market at last week's trade deadline. They didn't stay quiet, however, as they still managed to make a trade to improve the back end of their rotation for a playoff push.

Veteran Dan Haren will make his Cubs debut Wednesday night as Chicago looks to win seven in a row for the first time in four years by again knocking around the Pittsburgh Pirates' Jeff Locke in the finale of this rain-shortened two-game series at PNC Park.

While the Cubs' top four starters of Jake Arrieta, Jon Lester, Jason Hammel and Kyle Hendricks have combined for a 3.11 ERA, the team has lacked stability from the No. 5 spot with five pitchers taking turns to combine for a 5.05 ERA. Chicago (58-47) believes it has found a reliable option at the back end with Friday's acquisition of Haren from Miami for two minor leaguers.

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Leaders
AVG: A. Rizzo.286
HR: A. Rizzo20
RBI: K. Bryant61
SB: D. Fowler16
W: J. Arrieta11
ERA: J. Arrieta2.62
Saves: H. Rondon16
K: J. Arrieta147
NL Central
TeamWLPctGB
St. Louis 6739.632-
Pittsburgh 6144.5815.5
Chi Cubs 5847.5528.5
Cincinnati 4856.46218
Milwaukee 4563.41723
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General Batting (Rank)
AVG: .237 (29)
Runs: 400 (23)
Hits: 836 (30)
Home Runs: 95 (15)
Stolen Bases: 71 (5)
OBP: .314 (15)
SLG: .372 (27)
Total Bases: 1310 (28)
General Pitching (Rank)
Earned Run Average: 3.43 (5)
Runs Allowed: 393 (6)
Saves: 28 (17)
Strikeouts: 901 (3)
OpBA: .238 (2)
OBP: .296 (2)
SLG: .377 (7)
Run Support: 3.82 (23)
Transactions
Date Player Transactions
8/4 T. Wada Recalled From Minors Rehab Assignment
8/4 T. Wada Removed From 15-Day DL (Left deltoid inflammation)
8/4 T. Wada Sent to Minors
8/3 Y. Medina Sent to Minors
8/3 C. Richard Designated for Assignment
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Injuries
Date Player Status
7/29 N. Ramirez Left abdominal soreness (on 15-day DL)
7/12 M. Montero Sprained left thumb (on 15-day DL)
7/2 D. Ross off 7-day DL
6/24 D. Fowler Ankle (day-to-day)
6/23 T. Wada Left deltoid inflammation (on 15-day DL)
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