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Cubs Lineup: 9/4/15

Cubs vs. Diamondbacks — Wrigley Field
First Pitch: 1:20 CST
Cubs Starter: Jon Lester, LHP (8-10, 3.59 ERA)
Diamondbacks Starter: Zack Godley, RHP (4-0, 1.90 ERA)
TV: CSN Chicago, MLB Network; Radio: WBBM 780 AM

1. Dexter Fowler, CF
2. Austin Jackson, RF
3. Chris Coghlan, LF
4. Anthony Rizzo, 1B
5. Kris Bryant, 3B
6. Javier Baez, 2B
7. David Ross, C
8. Jon Lester, P
9. Addison Russell, SS

Cubs name OF Almora, RHP De La Cruz August players of the month

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Photo by Stephen Green

The Cubs named Double-A Tennessee outfielder Albert Almora and Single-A Eugene right-handed pitcher Oscar De La Cruz the organization’s Minor League Player and Pitcher of the Month for August on Thursday.

Almora, 21, batted .352 (44-for-125) with 14 doubles, one triple, one home run, 22 runs scored, 15 RBI and 11 walks in 31 August games for Tennessee. He recorded a .413 on-base percentage and a .504 slugging percentage, good for a .917 OPS. The right-handed hitter also logged a 13-game hitting streak (.434/23-for-53) from Aug. 4-16 that included seven-straight multi-hit games. He finished the month with 14 multi-hit games and hit safely in 28 of his 31 contests.

For the month, Almora led the Southern League in batting average and doubles, as well as tied for first in hits, second in runs scored, fourth in OPS, and seventh in OBP and slugging percentage. This season he is hitting .276 with 26 doubles, four triples, six homers and 69 runs scored in 104 games, all with Tennessee.

The 6-foot-2, 180-pound Almora was selected by the Cubs in the first round (sixth overall) of the 2012 draft. In his fourth season of professional baseball, he has batted .289 with 82 doubles, 13 triples and 20 home runs in 323 minor league games.

De La Cruz, 20, went 3-1 with a 2.73 ERA (9 ER/29.2 IP) in five starts with Eugene, striking out 32 batters and walking just five. He held opponents to a .209 average and a .250 on-base percentage while posting a 0.94 WHIP. He allowed zero earned runs in three of his five outings and did not walk more than one batter in four of his five starts.

De La Cruz led the Northwest League in August in innings pitched, strikeouts, opponents average and WHIP, while tying for the lead in wins and ranking sixth in ERA. He earned Pitcher of the Week honors for Aug. 24-30 after striking out a career-high 13 batters in 7.0 innings on Aug. 26 versus Spokane. He picked up the win that day, as he allowed just one hit and one unearned run in the Emeralds 4-1 triumph.

After spending each of the last two seasons with the Cubs Dominican Summer League team, De La Cruz is in his first season with Eugene and was named a Northwest League Midseason All-Star. He has gone 6-3 with a 2.84 ERA in 13 starts for the Emeralds, striking out 73 batters and walking just 17. He has recorded a 1.00 WHIP and held opponents to a .211 average. Originally signed by the Cubs as a non-drafted free agent in October of 2012, the Dominican Republic native has gone 15-4 with a 2.60 ERA in 31 career minor league outings, all but three as a starter.

Cubs Minor League Recap: 9/2/15

Myrtle Beach held on to grab a win, but Iowa, South Bend and Eugene all were on the losing end Wednesday. Tennessee had the day off, while Mesa’s season finished up Tuesday. Here are some notes from yesterday’s minor league Cubs action:

Iowa Cubs (78-61)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
T-Second Place (-6.0)

Iowa was officially eliminated from playoff contention, falling 11-3 on the road at Oklahoma City.

  • C Taylor Davis (.303) went 3-for-4 with a double (18), a walk, a run scored and an RBI (27). He has hit safely in five straight games (.520/13-for-25), including four three-hit efforts.
  • LF Emilio Bonifacio (.429) went 2-for-4 with a walk and two runs scored and has gone 10-for-15 with five walks and six runs scored in his last four games.
  • LHP Zac Rosscup (5.23) tossed a perfect inning of relief, striking out two batters.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans (37-26)
Carolina League (High-A)
Second Place (-4.0)

Myrtle Beach scored three runs in the sixth inning and held on for a 4-2 victory over Potomac.

  • C Victor Caratini (.253) went 1-for-4 with a double (29), two RBI (52) and a run scored.
  • SS Gleyber Torres (.000) made his Myrtle Beach debut, going 0-for-2 with a walk.
  • RHP Jonathan Martinez (2.58) has gone 3-0 with a 0.30 ERA (1 ER/30.0 IP) in his last five starts. He picked up the win Wednesday, pitching 6.0 scoreless innings. He has not allowed a run in 18.0 consecutive innings.

South Bend Cubs (33-32)
Midwest League (Low-A)
T-Third Place (-9.0)

South Bend surrendered 15 hits in a 10-1 setback against Dayton.

  • LF Charcer Burks (.266) went 2-for-4 with a triple (4) and a run scored. He has five runs in his last three games.
  • 1B Gioskar Amaya (.266) finished 2-for-4 with two doubles (18) and an RBI (43).
  • SS Vimael Machin (.165) went 1-for-2 with a walk.

Eugene Emeralds (20-14)
Northwest League (Short-Season A)
First Place (+1.0)

Eugene dropped a 3-2 decision at Salem-Keizer. The Emeralds hold a one-game lead in the division with four games remaining.

  • SS Andrew Ely (.315) went 3-for-4 with a double (13). It was his third game with at least three hits.
  • CF Donnie Dewees (.268) went 2-for-3 with a walk and an RBI (14).
  • RHP Oscar De La Cruz (2.84) gave up one earned run in 6.0 innings. He has allowed one run or fewer in four of his last six starts.

Cubs Lineup: 9/2/15

Cubs vs. Reds — Wrigley Field
First Pitch: 1:20 CST
Cubs Starter: Jason Hammel, RHP (7-6, 3.42)
Reds Starter: Raisel Iglesias, RHP (3-6, 3.92)
TV: CSN Chicago; Radio: WBBM 780 AM

Lineup
1. Dexter Fowler, CF
2. Kyle Schwarber, LF
3. Chris Coghlan, RF
4. Anthony Rizzo, 1B
5. Kris Bryant, 3B
6. Miguel Montero, C
7. Addison Russell, SS
8. Jason Hammel, P
9. Tommy La Stella, 2B

Cubs open the month with a flurry of roster moves

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Javier Baez returns to the Cubs lineup. (Photo by Stephen Green)

The Cubs Tuesday recalled infielder Javier Baez and left-handed pitcher Tsuyoshi Wada from Triple-A Iowa, activated catcher David Ross off the family medical emergency leave list and added outfielder Austin Jackson to the active roster.  Additionally, the Cubs have selected the contracts of outfielder Quintin Berry (postgame last night) and right-handed pitcher Trevor Cahill (today) from Triple-A.

To make room for Berry and Cahill on the 40-man roster, left-handed pitcher James Russell was designated for assignment and right-handed pitcher Rafael Soriano was  activated from the 15-day disabled list and designated for assignment. Chicago’s 40-man roster now stands at 40, and the active roster is at 30 players.

Berry will wear uniform No. 5, Cahill will wear uniform No. 53 and Jackson will wear uniform No. 27.

Baez, 22, batted .324 (91-for-281) with 14 doubles, two triples, 13 home runs, 61 RBI and 17 stolen bases in 70 games with Iowa this season. He turned in a .385 on-base percentage and .527 slugging percentage, good for a .912 OPS, and joins the Cubs riding a 16-game hitting streak. Baez made his major league debut last season and batted .169 with six doubles, nine homers and 20 RBI in 52 games. He was Chicago’s first round pick (ninth overall) in the 2011 Draft.

Berry, 30, signed a minor league deal with the Cubs on Aug. 24 after spending the entire season with Boston’s Triple-A Pawtucket affiliate, where he batted .228 with a .329 on-base percentage and 35 steals in 106 games. He has spent parts of three major league seasons with Detroit (2012), Boston (2013) and Baltimore (2014), batting .266 with a .337 on-base percentage in 117 games, and is a perfect 25-for-25 in stolen base attempts in the regular season and a perfect 5-for-5 in the postseason.

Cahill, 27, signed a minor league deal with the Cubs on Aug. 18 and turned in five scoreless relief outings with Iowa, covering 7.2 innings. The right-hander broke into the big leagues with Oakland in 2009 and was an 18-game winner a season later, going 18-8 with a 2.97 ERA in 30 starts, earning AL All-Star honors along the way. Overall, Cahill won 10 or more games in four straight seasons (2009-12) and is 64-72 with one save and a 4.16 ERA in 201 major league outings (28 in relief) with Oakland (2009-11), Arizona (2012-14) and Atlanta (2015).

Jackson, 28, was acquired Monday from Seattle, where he batted .272 with 18 doubles, three triples, eight home runs, 38 RBI, 46 runs scored and 15 stolen bases in 107 games this season. Since making his major league debut with Detroit in 2010, Jackson has batted .273 with 163 doubles, 47 triples, 54 home runs and 286 RBI in 831 career games, all of which have come in center field.

Ross, 38, is batting .190 with one home run and seven RBI in 57 games with the Cubs this season. He owns a 2.73 catchers’ ERA in his 44 games (35 starts) behind the plate.

Wada, 34, returns to the Cubs after going 1-1 with a 3.73 ERA in seven starts earlier this season. With Iowa, Wada went 4-5 with a 3.95 ERA in 16 starts. He made his big league debut with the Cubs last year and has combined to go 5-5 with a 3.40 ERA in 20 major league starts over the last two years.

Russell, 29, went 0-2 with one save and a 5.29 ERA in 49 relief appearances with the Cubs this season.

Soriano, 35, went 2-0 with a 6.35 ERA in six relief appearances for the Cubs this season.

Cubs Lineup: 9/1/15

Cubs vs. Reds — Wrigley Field
First Pitch: 7:05 CST
Cubs Starter: Dan Haren, RHP (8-9, 3.90)
Reds Starter: Anthony Desclafani, RHP (7-10, 3.84)
TV: WGN-TV; Radio: WBBM 780 AM

Lineup
1. Dexter Fowler, CF
2. Kyle Schwarber, LF
3. Chris Coghlan, RF
4. Anthony Rizzo, 1B
5. Kris Bryant, 3B
6. Miguel Montero, C
7. Javier Baez, 2B
8. Dan Haren, P
9. Addison Russell, SS

Cubs Minor League Recap: 8/31/15

Iowa, Tennessee and South Bend all reeled off victories Monday, while everybody else was off. Here are some notes from yesterday’s minor league action:

Iowa Cubs (78-58)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
Second Place (-3.0)

Iowa extended its winning streak to six games, topping Oklahoma City, 9-3.

  • 1B Taylor Davis (.293) went 3-for-4, recorded three RBI (25), drew a walk and scored once. He has back-to-back three-hit games.
  • LF Mike Baxter (.279) finished 1-for-4 with two RBI (19), a walk and one run scored.
  • CF John Andreoli (.281) was 1-for-4, drew two walks, scored twice and swiped a bag (30).
  • 3B Christian Villanueva (.264) went 1-for-2, drove in one (83), scored once and drew a season-high three walks. He extended his hitting streak to five games (.400/8-for-20).

Tennessee Smokies (34-40)
Southern League (Double-A)
T-Second Place (-6.0)

Tennessee claimed its sixth straight victory, rolling past Jacksonville, 9-1.

  • CF Albert Almora (.276) went 2-for-4 with a double (26), a triple (4), a walk, two runs scored and one RBI (46). He has hit safely in 12 straight games (.360/18-for-50).
  • SS Ryan Dent (.256) extended his hitting streak to six games (.545/12-for-22), going 2-for-2 with a walk, a run scored and an RBI (24).
  • C Willson Contreras (.326) and 1B Dan Vogelbach (.284) each recorded two hits in five at-bats.
  • RF Bijan Rademacher (.260) went 1-for-3 with a bases-clearing triple (4), one run scored and a season-high four RBI (43).
  • RHP Ryan Williams (2.79) has allowed one earned run or fewer in at least 6.0 innings in five of his last six outings. He pitched 6.0 scoreless on Monday to secure the win.

South Bend Cubs (32-31)
Midwest League (Low-A)
T-Third Place (-9.0)

South Bend scored five runs in the second inning and cruised to a 10-4 victory over Bowling Green.

  • RF Jeffrey Baez (.287) went 2-for-5 with a grand slam (9) and two runs scored.
  • DH Charcer Burks (.266) went 3-for-5 with a double (22), three RBI (44), a stolen base (28) and two runs scored.
  • LF Ian Happ (.252) finished 2-for-5, including his eighth double.
  • CF Rashad Crawford (.279) went 1-for-3 with a homer (4), two RBI (48), a walk and two runs scored.
  • 1B Gioskar Amaya (.266) went 2-for-5, hit two doubles (16), plated one (42) and scored once.
  • RHP Trevor Clifton gave up one earned run in 6.0 innings, striking out three in the win.

Cubs acquire OF Austin Jackson from Seattle

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The Cubs today acquired outfielder Austin Jackson and a cash consideration from the Seattle Mariners for international signing bonus slot No. 4 and a player to be named. To make room for Jackson on the 40-man roster, infielder Mike Olt has been designated for assignment.

Jackson, 28, has batted .272 (114-for-419) with 18 doubles, three triples, eight home runs, 38 RBI, 46 runs scored and 15 stolen bases in 107 games this season with Seattle, and has hit .394 with five doubles, two home runs and 10 runs scored in his last 18 games. The right-handed hitter owns a .294 average against lefties and a .261 mark against right-handed pitchers. Jackson ranks sixth in the American League with 4.18 pitches per plate appearance.

Since making his major league debut with Detroit in 2010, Jackson has batted .273 with 163 doubles, 47 triples, 54 home runs and 286 RBI in 831 career games, all of which have come in center field. Among American League outfielders since 2010, Jackson ranks first in triples (47), second in runs scored (512), third in hits (908), seventh in doubles (163) and ninth in walks (293). He has appeared in at least 120 games in his first five seasons in the majors and is on pace to reach that mark again in 2015.

The 6-foot, 1-inch, 203-pound Jackson was acquired by the Mariners from Detroit at the trade deadline last season, and appeared in a career-high 154 games between the two clubs. He batted .256 with 30 doubles and 20 steals, marking his third career season with 30 or more doubles and his third campaign with at least 20 steals.

Jackson made his debut in 2010 with Detroit and led all American League rookies with 103 runs scored, 181 hits, 48 extra-base hits and 27 stolen bases. In 2012, he batted .300 in 137 games, setting career marks in RBI (66) and walks (67). Jackson appeared in 35 career postseason games with the Tigers, batting .233 with 10 extra-base hits across three playoff appearances from 2011-13.

A native of Denton, Texas, Jackson was originally selected by the Yankees in the eighth round of the 2005 June draft. He spent his first five seasons in the Yankees organization, appearing at all three outfield positions, before being traded to the Tigers on Dec. 9, 2009, along with Phil Coke and Ian Kennedy for Curtis Granderson.

Olt, 27, appeared in six games with Chicago before he landed on the disabled list with a hairline fracture of his right wrist, suffered April 11 in Colorado. Olt was acquired from Texas on July 22, 2013, in the five-player deal that sent pitcher Matt Garza to the Rangers, and last season hit .160 with 12 home runs in 89 games for the Cubs.

Cubs Lineup: 8/31/15

Cubs vs. Reds — Wrigley Field
First Pitch: 7:05 CST
Cubs Starter: Kyle Hendricks, RHP (6-6, 4.11)
Reds Starter: Michael Lorenzen, RHP (3-8, 5.46)
TV: CSN; Radio: WBBM 780 AM

Lineup
1. Dexter Fowler, CF
2. Kyle Schwarber, C
3. Chris Coghlan, LF
4. Anthony Rizzo, 1B
5. Kris Bryant, RF
6. Tommy La Stella, 3B
7. Starlin Castro, 2B
8. Kyle Hendricks, P
9. Addison Russell, SS

Cubs Minor League Recap: 8/30/15

Every Cubs affiliate in action picked up a win Sunday, while Myrtle Beach was rained out. Mesa had the day off as Arizona League playoffs begin Monday. Here are some notes from yesterday’s minor league action:

Iowa Cubs (77-58)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
Second Place (-4.0)

Iowa extended its winning streak to five games, topping Sacramento, 9-1. The I-Cubs picked up six doubles in the victory.

  • 3B Javier Baez (.324) went 4-for-5, drove in one (61) and scored twice. He extended his season-high hitting streak to 16 games (32-for-72/.444).
  • 2B Emilio Bonifacio (.333) also went 4-for-5 with two doubles, plated two runs and scored twice.
  • C Taylor Davis (.284) finished 3-for-5 with a double (15) and an RBI (22).
  • CF John Andreoli (.282) went 2-for-4, drew a walk, scored three times and stole a base. He leads the team with 29 swiped bags.
  • 1B Christian Villanueva (.263) went 2-for-4 with a double (21) and two RBI (82), extending his hitting streak to four games (.389/7-for-18) with seven RBI during that stretch.
  • RHP Dallas Beeler (4.17) tossed a season high 8.0 innings and earned his sixth straight win. He struck out seven and walked just one, giving up no earned runs.

Tennessee Smokies (33-30)
Southern League (Double-A)
T-Second Place (-6.0)

Tennessee won its fifth straight game, defeating Jacksonville, 4-3. The Smokies look for the series sweep tonight.

  • 3B Jeimer Candelario (.292) crushed a home run (4), going 2-for-2 with two walks and two runs scored.
  • SS Ryan Dent (.249) went 3-for-4, extending his hitting streak to five games (10-for-20/.500).
  • 2B Stephen Bruno (.267) went 2-for-4, swiped a base (9) and scored once.
  • RHP Felix Pena (3.89) snapped his six-game losing streak, earning the win after allowing just three runs (two earned) over 7.0 innings of work.

South Bend Cubs (31-31)
Midwest League (Low-A)
T-Third Place (-9.0)

South Bend topped Bowling Green in the series opener, 4-3.

  • CF Ian Happ (.246) went 2-for-4 with a homer, a double (7) and two runs scored.
  • DH Rashad Crawford (.279) went 1-for-4 with a double (15) and plated his 46th RBI.
  • 1B Kevin Encarnacion (.271) earned an RBI (15) despite going 0-for-4.
  • RHP Erick Leal (4.04) earned his third consecutive win, tossing 6.0 scoreless frames and giving up two hits.

Eugene Emeralds (19-13)
Northwest League (Short-Season A)
First Place (+1.0)

Eugene avoided the series sweep, besting Hillsboro in the series finale, 10-4.

  • DH Ian Rice (.264) went 2-for-4, knocked a double (8) and a homer (2), drove in two (19) and scored twice.
  • 1B Blake Headley (.234) went 2-for-4 and scored once.
  • CF Donnie Dewees (.268) finished 2-for-5, drove in one (28), swiped a base (16) and scored once.
  • LF Eloy Jimenez (.284) went 2-for-5 and scored once, marking his second straight multi-hit game.
  • LHP Carson Sands (3.98) tossed his second quality start of the season, fanning five and giving up one earned run in 6.0 innings.
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