The Cubs and Rangers will join all of Major League Baseball in honoring American hero Jackie Robinson when they meet on Tuesday.
In 1997, under the direction of Commissioner Bud Selig, Robinson's No. 42 was retired across all of Major League Baseball in an unprecedented tribute.
Among the festivities at Wrigley Field will be pregame ceremonies recognizing Cubs Hall of Famers Ernie Banks and Billy Williams.
"We're happy to join all of Major League Baseball on this historic occasion," Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts said in a statement. "Jackie Robinson is a true American hero, and we are all greatly indebted to his contribution to not only baseball, but to American history and culture."
Aside from honoring Robinson, Tuesday also will be a special day for the many Rangers who make their Wrigley Field debuts.
"I really want to pitch there badly," starter Derek Holland said. "It's history, and I love historic ballparks and it has a unique name. My dog's name is Wrigley. I think I'll name my next dog Fenway."
Only three current Rangers pitchers have pitched in Wrigley -- Derek Lowe, Jason Frasor and Joe Nathan -- while the only players to play there are former Cubs Geovany Soto and Jeff Baker, as well as Lance Berkman, Adrian Beltre and A.J. Pierzynski.
"It's a great experience, that ballpark is full of tradition," said Soto, who spent eight seasons with the Cubs before being traded to Texas last year. "The fans are really into the game. It's a great atmosphere. Playing for the home team is really cool. The opposing team ... I don't know. But the stadium and the fans are electric, they give you an extra boost to play."
The three-game series also marks the first Interleague set for both teams this season. The Rangers were 14-4 in Interleague Play last year and have won 36 of their last 50 games against the National League during the regular season, while the Cubs were 5-10 against the American League a year ago.
"I think it was probably strange for the people who had to open up with it," Cubs manager Dale Sveum said of Interleague Play. "But I think once the season starts, and you get down to it, you just know the Texas Rangers are coming to town. You're not thinking it's Interleague Play. It's just the way it is now."
Travis Wood will get the start for Chicago. The left-hander is 1-0 with a 1.46 ERA in two starts so far this season.
Rangers: Berkman relegated to pinch-hitting
The Rangers will be without one of their top hitters in Chicago, as manager Ron Washington said Sunday that Berkman will not play the field. Washington said the weather, which is supposed to be cold, was a factor in the decision. Berkman had two knee surgeries last year.
"The cold weather is not too kind to him right now," Washington said. "We want to make sure his knees continue to accept the pounding that it's taking. It's a process right now."
• Holland is 1-5 with a 5.96 ERA in nine Interleague starts, losing his last three.
• Rangers pitchers have a 2.42 ERA in their last six games.
Cubs: Barney set to return
Second baseman Darwin Barney is expected to be activated from the disabled list prior to Tuesday's game. Barney, who cut his knee while going after a foul ball in Spring Training, is the team's captain in the infield and one of its most important leaders.
"Barney is definitely that kind of guy that has complete awareness of the situation and can slow the game down very quickly in between those 15 seconds between when another pitch is thrown," Sveum said. "How the game can change from pitch to pitch, count to count, score to score, hitter to hitter, who's up -- left-handed or right-handed. Those are things we're trying to get the other infield to be aware of."
• Shortstop Starlin Castro, who has six multihit games this season, is one double shy of 100 in his career.
• The Cubs optioned right-hander Rafael Dolis to Triple-A Iowa following Sunday's loss.
• Texas hasn't played at the Friendly Confines since 2002.
• The Cubs are hitless in their last 23 at-bats with runners in scoring position.
• Twenty of Texas' 34 RBIs in its last 10 games have come with two outs.
• Chicago's Brent Lillibridge, Dioner Navarro, Alfonso Soriano and Castro have all homered against Holland.