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CHC@STL: Jackson strikes out Wacha to end the frame

With both teams deciding to stay on point with their rotations after Monday's rainout, the only adjustment that had to be made -- from a starter's perspective at least -- was simply enjoying an extra day of rest between starts. Although pitchers like to stay on a strict schedule, no one had any issue with getting an extra day this week.

Cubs starter Edwin Jackson had thrown his between-starts bullpen session on Sunday and used Monday as a "play catch" day. Now that he's starting Wednesday instead of Tuesday, he just used the second day in Cincinnati as an extra day to play catch.

"It doesn't throw too much off," he said. "You still get all your work in. You just get pushed back an extra day."

Jackson has pitched well against the Reds in his career, compiling a 3-1 record and a 3.03 ERA with 35 strikeouts over six starts. He last faced the Reds in Chicago on April 19, picking up the win in the Cubs' 8-4 victory, allowing two earned runs over 5 2/3 frames.

Tony Cingrani, who will take the mound for the Reds in the finale of this abbreviated series, is coming off a start in which he allowed more than five hits for the first time in his career. That ended a streak of 23 games allowing five or fewer hits, but it was still a strong outing as he yielded six hits over six frames, giving up one run while striking out seven.

He needed 32 pitches to get through the first inning, but settled in to anchor a 103-pitch start.

"I was a little upset with that first inning," Cingrani said. "I threw the ball a little better than I did the last time. My mechanics are getting a little bit more repeatable, but I still have a little ways to go."

The second and final game of the series comes after a rainout on Monday and a 3-2 Reds win on Tuesday in which there were three rain delays.

Cubs: Castro surging

Starlin Castro had a nice first month of the season, and manager Rick Renteria was encouraged by the shortstop's improved discipline at the plate, and his ability to drive the ball a little more than he was at this time last year.

"There's still some improvement that continues to be made on a daily basis," Renteria said. "In general, his overall game has really gotten better. He's been more consistent. Defensively, he's certainly contained some consistency. He's made some very nice plays, as have the other guys."

After going 1-for-4 with two RBIs in Tuesday's game, Castro is hitting .290, with a .440 slugging percentage and .757 OPS.

"I think as long as he continues to have the energy and know that every single day that he goes out there he really has to bear down and play the game for nine innings, he's got the chance to be the player that everybody hopefully sees him becoming," Renteria said.

Reds: Club has iron men in Votto, Phillips

The only two Reds to have started and played all 26 games this season are first baseman Joey Votto and second baseman Brandon Phillips. Votto played all 162 games last season.

Reds manager Bryan Price has no immediate plans to rest either player, especially after Monday's series-opening rainout. Next week, there are a pair of off-days sandwiching a two-game series at Boston.

"At this point in time, I don't see it," Price said. "But I've got a good, open line of communication with them. If there is something I see or something they feel, then we'd find a day. Right now, I don't anticipate anything at this point."

Worth noting

• Reds closer Aroldis Chapman threw 25 pitches in his third live batting practice session on Tuesday. Chapman could begin a rehab assignment on Thursday.

• Reds infielder/outfielder Skip Schumaker (disclocated left shoulder) was ejected from his rehab assignment game with Triple-A Louisville on Tuesday for arguing a play at second base. Schumaker was 0-for-1 after he went 3-for 4 on Monday.

• After allowing two runs over 1 1/3 innings on April 4, Cubs lefty reliever Wesley Wright has held opponents scoreless in his last six games spanning 5 1/3 innings. Opponents have hit .200 off him over that span. Comments