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Rangers and Cubs rained out at Wrigley Field

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 17, 2013 at 7:16 pm •  Published: April 17, 2013

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Cubs are off to a 4-9 start and have lost three straight games. Alfonso Soriano is still looking for his first RBI of the season.

But the seven-time All-Star figures there is plenty of time for both him and the Cubs to come around.

"I hope it's like the weather," Soriano said. "We've had a bad 13 games but we change it around because it's early. ... I hope we can turn it around and be a better team."

The game between the Cubs and Texas Rangers scheduled for Wednesday night was rained out. It was postponed two hours before it was supposed to start at Wrigley Field.

No makeup date was announced. The teams are set to play Thursday afternoon.

Chicago will send Wednesday's scheduled starter, Carlos Villanueva, to the mound against Alexi Ogando. Texas will skip Wednesday's scheduled starter, Justin Grimm.

Jeff Samardzija will pitch Friday for the Cubs and Edwin Jackson goes Saturday in Milwaukee, where the Cubs begin a 10-game road trip.

Villanueva hopes to stop Chicago's skid. The Cubs are 2-8 in their last 10 games and have been stung by a bullpen that's blown four of its seven save opportunities.

Defensively, the Cubs have also struggled. The 11 errors they've committed were tied for third-most in the majors.

None of this has been helped by the raw weather at Wrigley Field. The game-time temperature Tuesday night was 39 degrees with the wind blowing in off nearby Lake Michigan.

"This has probably been a little exceptional as far as not being able to get on the field, and then when we've been on the field it's been pretty miserable work conditions, too," Cubs manager Dale Sveum said.

Rangers manager Ron Washington said it was worse than the conditions he's endured across town at U.S. Cellular Field, where the White Sox play.

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