Facing three different teams in three consecutive days isn't a common scenario in Major League Baseball.
The opposing locker room at Wrigley Field will be ushering players in just as quickly as they usher them out over the next couple days, as the Cubs wrapped up their series with the Reds Sunday and quickly move on to one game with the Rangers -- a makeup from an April 17 postponement. Then the Cardinals come to town the next day.
The Cubs last hosted three teams in three days August 21-23, 1960, when they played a doubleheader vs. the Giants before hosting the Reds a day later and beginning a series against Pittsburgh the following day.
It'll surely test the adaptability of the Cubs, who have lost four in a row -- three in a sweep at the hands of the Reds.
The Cubs have lost nine games in which they have led at some point this season.
"Those are tough losses, and we've had quite a few of them this year," manager Dale Sveum said. "It's no fun for anybody, and the players battle, battle, battle and get those leads, and then all of a sudden, they're gone. I don't care who you are, it ain't no fun."
Against the Rangers on Monday, the Cubs tab Scott Feldman, who spent the first eight years of his Major League career with Texas before joining the Cubs this season.
"I've seen a lot of those guys for a lot of years, and they've seen me for a lot of years, so it's not going to be a big thing of trying to trick everybody," he said. "I'll take some of the stuff I've remembered over the years, and look at video from what they've done recently, because guys make adjustments all the time."
The Rangers entered Sunday leading the Majors with a 3.02 ERA. They held the Red Sox to just one-plus runs on 13-plus hits in a three-game series.
Nick Tepesch will make his sixth start of the season for Texas and first against a National League team. With Colby Lewis and Martin Perez both expected to begin rehab assignments this week, Tepesch, named the fifth starter out of Spring Training, could eventually see his role change. But manager Ron Washington has been impressed with the rookie right-hander, who has a 3.54 ERA.
"He came known as a strike thrower, and that's what he has done. Nothing over-powering. He just can execute, and he has good a makeup.
"He's acting just like a rookie pitcher: ears open, mouth shut, following orders and going to work. That's the type of rookie you like to see. Every now and then you run across one of those kind of guys. Nothing fazes him, and you hope that it stays like that."
Cubs: Garza continuing rehab assignment
The Cubs could soon get their ace back. Matt Garza will make his second rehab start Monday for Triple-A Iowa, and he's scheduled to throw at least three innings. Sidelined with a lat strain in February, Garza will make at least three rehab appearances before returning to Chicago.
Garza was 5-7 with a 3.91 ERA and 96 strikeouts to 32 walks in 103 2/3 innings for the Cubs last season.
Rangers: Without DH, Berkman to get rest
Designated hitter Lance Berkman is likely to get a few days off with the Rangers playing their next few games in National League parks. The 37-year-old had two surgeries on his right knee last season, and it occasionally causes him trouble.
With Mitch Moreland swinging the bat well, hitting his fourth home run of the season Sunday, Washington feels comfortable with Berkman on the bench instead of playing first base.
"I'm the manager, so I have the right to change my mind -- don't put it in stone, but as of right now, he'll just be a pinch-hitter off the bench, and it'll give him an opportunity to catch up," Washington said. "We'll give him a break. It's only three games."
• After catcher A.J. Pierzynski played Sunday's day game after playing in a night game Saturday, backup Geovany Soto is likely to see some game action on the Rangers' road trip, according to Washington.
• Entering Monday, second baseman Ian Kinsler ranks sixth among active players with 28 lead-off home runs in his career. The Rangers are 24-4 when Kinsler starts the game with a home run.
• Alfonso Soriano and Anthony Rizzo, the Cubs third and fourth hitters Sunday, each enter play Monday with a six-game hitting streak. They've combined to hit seven doubles and two homers over that time.