Game to Watch

Chicago Cubs at Pittsburgh. The Cubbies are holding on to their position in the wild-card standings at the expense of the Pirates. Chicago is 5-0 against Pittsburgh over 10 days, outscoring them 29-13 and hitting 11 homers to none for the Bucs. They also managed to pull off a rare triple play: They won Tuesday night at Pittsburgh for the third time in three cities (Cincinnati, Miami and Pittsburgh) in three days.

Player to Watch

Shawn Green, Los Angeles. The first baseman will sit out at least one game of a weekend series against the San Francisco Giants in observance of Yom Kippur, the holiest holiday on the Jewish calendar. Yom Kippur starts at sunset tomorrow, and the three-game series at San Francisco begins tomorrow night.

News & Notes

Cubs shortstop Nomar Garciaparra returned to the starting lineup last night for the first time since Sept. 11 because of a strained groin.

Garciaparra thinks the injury is related to the Achilles' tendon injury that bothered him throughout the first half of the season with the Boston Red Sox. He was batting .298 in 31 games with the Cubs before his latest injury. . . .

Boston Red Sox shortstop Orlando Cabrera was back in the starting lineup last night after missing two games to be with his wife, who had surgery in Colombia. His 12th-inning homer beat the Baltimore Orioles, 7-6, as the Red Sox moved to 31/2 games behind the Yankees.