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Cubs gear up for crosstown action vs. White Sox

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CINCINNATI -- The Cubs return to Interleague action on Monday when they face their crosstown rivals, the White Sox, at U.S. Cellular Field. This year, the Cubs and White Sox will play a four-game, home-and-away series back to back rather than six games. The Cubs are 2-1 in three games against the American League so far, with 14 Interleague games remaining, including 10 against AL West opponents.

The Cubs own a 109-128 (.460) all-time record in Interleague play, dating to 1997.

The Cubs will play Tuesday at U.S. Cellular Field and Wednesday at Wrigley Field, marking the first time they'll play the same team in different ballparks on consecutive days since April 1990. In that year, the Cubs and Mets played at Wrigley Field on April 16, followed by a game at Shea Stadium the next day. The game played at Wrigley was a makeup game because of the lockout of 1990.

Cubs Leaders vs. White Sox, 1997-2012

Batting:
Games: Sammy Sosa, 42
Average: Mark Grace, .350
Home runs: Aramis Ramirez, 13
RBIs: Sosa, 39

Pitching (minimum 25 innings pitched):
ERA: Mark Prior, 2.88
Wins: Carlos Zambrano, 6
Saves: Carlos Marmol, 4
Strikeouts: Zambrano, 71

Cubs vs. White Sox Notes

• Forty-one of the games have been decided by one or two runs (White Sox lead, 24-17)

• Fifteen of the games have been decided in the last at-bat (White Sox lead, 8-7)

• There have been 171 players who have appeared in at least one Major League game for both teams, including Cubs pitcher Edwin Jackson.

•The two teams have made 22 trades, most recently on Nov. 16, 2006, when the Cubs acquired Neal Cotts for David Aardsma and Carlos Vazquez

Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings, and you can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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