Prior to Wednesday's games, Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro had the third-most hits (431) in the Major Leagues since making his debut May 7, 2010. Michael Young of Texas was first with 440, and Ichiro Suzuki of Seattle was next with 436. The Cubs flew to Arizona after Wednesday's game, which gave Sveum a chance to spend Thursday's off-day at home, as he lives in the Phoenix area. While at home, Sveum will get to see his son, Rustin, play a baseball game on Thursday night. D-backs: Runs piling up
The D-backs come into the series against the Cubs with their hitters rolling. They beat the Mariners, 14-10, on Wednesday before Thursday's day off, and in the process hit six home runs. They scored seven runs in the first game of the series with the Mariners on Monday, and 12 on Tuesday. Worth noting
Third baseman Ryan Roberts' inside-the-park home run Wednesday was the eighth in D-backs history.