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Cubs Lineup: 6/23/15

Cubs vs. Dodgers – Wrigley Field
First Pitch: 7:05 CST
Cubs Starter: Jason Hammel, RHP
Dodgers Starter: Zack Greinke, RHP
TV: CSN Chicago; Radio: WBBM 780 AM

1. Chris Coghlan, LF
2. Anthony Rizzo, 1B
3. Kris Bryant, 3B
4. Miguel Montero, C
5. Starlin Castro, SS
6. Mike Baxter, RF
7. Matt Szczur, CF
8. Jason Hammel, P
9. Addison Russell, 2B

Cubs Minor League Recap: 6/22/15

Mesa fell to 0-2 while Eugene again lost because of one big inning Monday. Tennessee, Myrtle Beach and South Bend were all enjoying the All-Star break, while Iowa had the day off. Here are some notes from yesterday’s minor league action:

Eugene Emeralds (1-4)
Northwest League (Short-Season A)
Fourth Place (-2.0)

Eugene gave up six runs in the eighth inning to surrender the lead and drop the game, 8-4.

  • RF Ricardo Marcano (.250) went 1-for-4 with a triple, two RBI (3) and one run scored.
  • 3B Adonis Paula (.316) went 2-for-4, scored once and plated one (4).
  • LHP Andin Diaz (4.50) fanned eight batters in 4.0 innings in his first start of the season. The Emeralds as a team struck out 17 batters in 8.0 innings.

Mesa Cubs (0-2)
Arizona League (Rookie)
Fifth Place (-2.5)

The Mesa Cubs were held to just four hits in a 4-1 setback against the AZL D-backs.

  • CF Roberto Caro (.286) went 1-for-4 and plated Mesa’s only run of the evening.
  • LHP Rob Zastryzny (2.25) allowed just one run on three hits in 4.0 innings of work in his first outing of the campaign.
  • Mesa was 1-for-5 with runners in scoring position.

Tennessee Smokies All-Stars: Corey Black, Frank Batista, Willson Contreras, P.J. Francescon, Felix Pena and Dan Vogelbach

Myrtle Beach Pelicans All-Stars: Jeimer Candelario, Jonathan Martinez, Duane Underwood and Mark Zagunis

South Bend Pelicans All-Stars: Cael Brockmeyer, Charcer Burks, James Farris, Jeremy Null and Gleyber Torres

Cubs Lineup: 6/22/15

Cubs vs. Dodgers – Wrigley Field
First Pitch: 7:05 CST
Cubs Starter: Tsuyoshi Wada, LHP
Dodgers Starter: Clayton Kershaw, LHP
TV: WGN-TV; Radio: WBBM 780 AM

Lineup
1. Dexter Fowler, CF
2. Anthony Rizzo, 1B
3. Kris Bryant, 3B
4. Starlin Castro, SS
5. Chris Denorfia, RF
6. Matt Szczur, LF
7. David Ross, C
8. Tsuyoshi Wada, P
9. Addison Russell, 2B

Cubs Minor League Recap: 6/21/15

Tennessee, Myrtle Beach and South Bend all headed into the All-Star break with victories on Sunday. Iowa collected 15 hits in a losing effort, while one bad inning resulted in a Eugene loss. Here are some notes from yesterday’s minor league action:

Iowa Cubs (36-33)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
Third Place (-10.0)

Iowa collected 15 hits and scored eight runs, but dropped a 14-8 decision at Round Rock.

  • CF Rubi Silva (.273) went 3-for-5 with a two-run homer (6), a run scored and three RBI (26).
  • 2B Arismendy Alcantara (.267) went 3-for-6 with a double (10), a run scored and an RBI (24).
  • LF Junior Lake (.273) went 3-for-4 with a walk, two runs scored and a stolen base (5). He has hit safely in four of five games (6-for-16) since returning to Iowa.

Tennessee Smokies (39-30)
Southern League (Double-A)
Second Place (-4.5)

Tennessee finished the season’s first half with its third straight win, a 9-2 triumph over Mississippi.

  • RHP Ryan Williams (2.53) gave up one earned run in 6.0 innings to pick up his third win.
  • 3B Mike Olt (.444) made his third rehab appearance, going 1-for-3 with a double (2), two walks and two runs scored. He is 4-for-9 with two doubles, one triple and five runs scored in the three games.
  • RHP Neil Ramirez (0.00) fanned all three batters he faced in his second rehab outing.
  • 2B Stephen Bruno (.290) went 3-for-4 with a double (7) and three RBI (26).
  • 1B Dan Vogelbach (.285) went 2-for-5 with a run scored and three RBI (31).
  • CF Jacob Hannemann (.220) has a four-game hitting streak (7-for-19) after going 2-for-5 with a run scored. He has six multi-hit games in his last 10 contests.
  • C Willson Contreras (.332) went 2-for-5 with two runs scored.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans (41-28)
Carolina League (High-A)
First Place (+3.5)

The Pelicans collected 12 hits to roll to a 4-1 victory over Lynchburg, completing the first half of the season. Myrtle Beach captured the First Half Southern Division Championship at 41-28.

  • RHP Daury Torrez (4.37) fanned five to pick up the win. He gave up one earned run in 6.0 innings of work.
  • DH Chesny Young (.364) went 2-for-4 with a walk and a run scored and is batting .366 (30-for-82) with 14 runs scored in 22 June contests.
  • LF Pin-Chieh Chen (.288) scored twice, going 2-for-4 with a walk.
  • 3B Jeimer Candelario (.273) extended his hitting streak to five games (7-for-18), going 2-for-4 with an RBI. Candelario is batting .300 (12-for-40) with six walks in 12 June games.

South Bend Cubs (29-38)
Midwest League (Low-A)
Eighth Place (-11.5)

South Bend won its second straight game to close out the season’s first half, defeating West Michigan, 5-1.

  • 1B Jesse Hodges (.249) went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer (4), two runs scored and two RBI (21).
  • CF Rashad Crawford (.289) went 2-for-3 with a walk and a run scored.
  • LHP Tommy Thorpe tossed a season-high 5.0 innings, allowing just four hits and no walks.

Eugene Emeralds (1-3)
Northwest League (Short-Season A)
Fourth Place (-2.0)

Eugene allowed nine runs in the sixth inning, falling to Everett, 9-8.

  • CF Ian Happ (.308) homered for the second straight game (2), going 2-for-4 with a double (1), a home run, a walk, a run scored and an RBI (2).
  • 1B Varonex Cuevas (.455) reached base five times, going 4-for-4 with a walk, two runs scored and an RBI (3).
  • LF Eloy Jimenez (.222) drove in four runs, going 2-for-5.
  • SS Ho-young Son (.267) went 2-for-5 with a double (3) and a run scored.

Cubs Lineup: 6/19/15

Cubs vs. Twins – Target Field
First Pitch: 7:10 p.m. CST
Cubs Starter: Kyle Hendricks, RHP
Twins Starter: Phil Hughes, RHP
TV: WGN-TV; Radio: WBBM 780 AM

Lineup
1. Dexter Fowler, CF
2. Anthony Rizzo, 1B
3. Kris Bryant, 3B
4. Miguel Montero, C
5. Starlin Castro, SS
6. Chris Coghlan, LF
7. Chris Denorfia, RF
8. Kyle Schwarber, DH
9. Addison Russell, 2B

Cubs Minor League Recap: 6/18/15

Iowa looked impressive in a win, but South Bend gave up a run in the 10th for a loss. The Short-Season Eugene Emeralds also opened up their 2015 campaign yesterday, falling by a score of 6-1. Tennessee and Myrtle Beach were both rained out. Here are some notes from yesterday’s minor league action:

Iowa Cubs (35-31)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
Second Place (-9.0)

Iowa snapped a two-game skid with a 7-2 victory at Round Rock.

  • RHP Carlos Pimentel (3.45) gave up one earned run in 6.1 innings, striking out four to pick up the win.
  • C Rafael Lopez (.292) went 3-for-5 with a run scored.
  • 3B Christian Villanueva (.273) went 2-for-4 with a run scored, a double (11) and two RBI (30).
  • LF Adron Chambers (.285) went 2-for-4 with a run scored, a double (13) and two RBI (16).
  • CF John Andreoli (.316) went 2-for-5 with a run scored and one RBI (10).

South Bend Cubs (27-37)
Midwest League (Low-A)
Eighth Place (-11.5)

Visiting Dayton tallied a run in the 10th inning to beat South Bend, 2-1.

  • RHP Jake Stinnett (5.29) pitched 6.0 scoreless innings, fanning four in the no-decision.
  • 1B Yasiel Balaguert (.303) and C Cael Brockmeyer (.297) both had three hits apiece.
  • LF Charcer Burks (.262) went 2-for-5 with two doubles (12) and one RBI (22).
  • RHP David Garner (5.40) fired 2.0 scoreless innings of relief, striking out three hitters.

Eugene Emeralds (0-1)
Northwest League (Short-Season A)

Eugene began the 2015 campaign with a 6-1 setback at Everett.

  • LHP Carson Sands (3.60) gave up two earned runs in 5.0 innings, striking out two.
  • RF Eloy Jimenez (.500) went 2-for-4 with an RBI (1).
  • SS Ho-Young Son (.333) reached base twice, going 1-for-3 with a run scored, a double and a walk.
  • LHP Sam Wilson struck out two hitters in 1.2 scoreless innings of relief.

Cubs Seventh Homestand Events and Promotions: 6/22/15-6/25/15

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Comedian Tom Dreesen throws out the first pitch at Wrigley Field. (Photo by Stephen Green)

The Cubs will make a brief return trip home to host the Dodgers from June 22-25.

The Cubs 2015 Special Group Nights kick off Tuesday, June 23, as teachers and their family members are invited to celebrate the start of summer during the fifth annual Teacher Appreciation Night at Wrigley Field. The Cubs are offering $30 tickets in the Terrace Reserved Outfield to teachers and their family members to watch the Cubs take on the Dodgers at 7:05 p.m. Participants will receive a commemorative messenger bag.

The fun continues Wednesday, June 24, as youth baseball and softball teams are invited to catch a game together at the Friendly Confines during this year’s Youth Baseball and Softball Appreciation Night. The Cubs are offering $24 tickets in the Terrace Reserved Outfield for youth baseball and softball teams and their families. Participants will receive a Cubs rope twist necklace. To learn more about the Cubs 2015 Special Group Nights and to purchase tickets, visit cubs.com/specialevents.

In addition, the Cubs will help raise awareness for autism spectrum disorders with a special group promotion June 24. Tickets for this promotion can be purchased online. A portion of the proceeds from each ticket purchased for this promotion will be donated to Autism Speaks.

The Cubs and Cubs Charities continue this year’s “Let’s Give” charitable campaign during the homestand. On Wednesday, June 24, the Cubs leadership team and front office associates will host a signing ceremony for the incoming 2015 Cubs Scholars class and celebrate the college selections of the 2014 graduate class in Wrigley Field’s Audi Club. The Cubs Scholars program, launched in 2013, offers Chicago inner-city high school students financial contributions and a team-sponsored mentorship program designed to promote academic achievement and post-secondary educational advancement.

Also, the Hornitos Hacienda—formerly the Left-Field Well—will make its debut during the homestand as Hornitos becomes the Official Tequila of the Chicago Cubs and naming rights partner of the recently launched left-field group space.

The Hornitos Hacienda features space close to the field in the first two rows above the left-field wall with designated standing room and limited seating for groups of approximately 15-50 fans. This space offers guests the best view in the Budweiser Bleachers to catch all the action and is perfect for bachelor/bachelorette parties and special events. The Hornitos Hacienda is available for group reservations by calling 773-404-4242.

As part of the partnership, Hornitos will have a branding presence at Wrigley Field, including signage on the left-field wall and in-game promotion on the left-field video board.

Hornitos Tequila, which has been available in the enhanced Budweiser Bleachers since their reopening in May, will continue to be available for fans in the bleachers. Premium cocktails featuring Hornitos Tequila also will be available at various locations throughout the ballpark.

Tickets remain available for the upcoming homestand at cubs.com or 800-THE-CUBS (800-843-2827). Highlights of the homestand follow.

Guests and Entertainment:
On Monday, June 22, University of Notre Dame football coach Brian Kelly will throw a first pitch and lead the seventh-inning stretch.

On Tuesday, June 23, former Chicago Bears tight end Tim Wrightman will throw a first pitch.

Comedian and Chicago native Tom Dreesen will throw a first pitch and lead the seventh-inning stretch Thursday, June 25.

Food Specials:
This homestand, the Decade Diner located in the right-field concourse will serve an Asian Pork Burger featuring a pork burger patty glazed with sweet chili sauce and Asian slaw on a toasted Hawaiian bun. The Salmon Burger homestand special features a grilled salmon burger, candied red onions, avocado, arugula and herb aioli.

Homestand Recap, June 22-25:
Monday, June 22 vs. Los Angeles Dodgers, 7:05 p.m.

  • The newly named Hornitos Hacienda will make its debut
  • First pitch and seventh-inning stretch: University of Notre Dame football coach Brian Kelly
  • Broadcast: WGN, WBBM 780-AM, Cubs.com

Tuesday, June 23 vs. Los Angeles Dodgers, 7:05 p.m.

  • Special Group Night: Fifth Annual Teacher Appreciation Night
  • First pitch: Former Chicago Bears tight end Tim Wrightman
  • Broadcast: CSN, WBBM 780-AM, Cubs.com

Wednesday, June 24 vs. Los Angeles Dodgers, 7:05 p.m.

  • Special Group Night: Youth Baseball and Softball Appreciation Night
  • Broadcast: CSN, ESPN2, WBBM 780-AM, WRTO 1200-AM Spanish Radio, Cubs.com

Thursday, June 25 vs. Los Angeles Dodgers, 1:20 p.m.

  • First pitch and seventh-inning stretch: Comedian and Chicago native Tom Dreesen
  • Broadcast: WLS, MLBN, WBBM 780-AM, WRTO 1200-AM Spanish Radio, Cubs.com

Cubs Lineup: 6/18/15

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In his first major league start, rookie Kyle Schwarber went 4-for-5 with a triple, three runs scored and two RBI. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty)

Cubs vs. Indians – Progressive Field
First Pitch: 6:10 p.m. CST
Cubs Starter: Jason Hammel, RHP
Indians Starter: Danny Salazar, RHP
TV: CSN; Radio: WBBM 780 AM

Lineup
1. Dexter Fowler, CF
2. Anthony Rizzo, 1B
3. Kris Bryant, 3B
4. Miguel Montero, C
5. Starlin Castro, SS
6. Chris Coghlan, LF
7. Chris Denorfia, RF
8. Kyle Schwarber, DH
9. Addison Russell, 2B

Cubs sign top pick Ian Happ

Ian-Happ(Photo courtesy University of Cincinnati)

The Chicago Cubs today announced they have signed outfielder Ian Happ, the club’s first-round pick (ninth overall) of the 2015 Draft. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Overall, the Cubs have signed 10 selections (including Happ): left-hander Ryan Kellogg (fifth round), right-hander Dave Berg (sixth round), right-hander Craig Brooks (seventh round), infielder Vimael Machin (10th round), infielder Blake Headley (20th round), right-hander Jared Cheek (21st round), left-hander John Williamson (23rd round), catcher Marcus Mastrobuoni (25th round) and infielder Angelo Amendolare (27th round).

Happ, 20, batted .369 (73-for-198) with 47 runs scored, 18 doubles, 14 home runs and 44 RBI for the Cincinnati Bearcats this season. He walked 49 times to contribute to a .492 on-base percentage, and his .672 slugging mark gave him a 1.164 OPS. Happ led the American Athletic Conference (AAC) in batting average, on-base percentage and slugging percentage, and tied for the lead in walks. He also led his team in runs, hits, doubles, homers and RBI.

Named a semifinalist for the 2015 USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award, the switch-hitting Happ was recognized as the 2015 AAC Player of the Year, named First-Team Academic All-American, Second-Team Louisville Slugger All-American and was a unanimous First-Team All-Conference member as voted on by the league’s head coaches. He was listed as one of the top three pure college hitters in this year’s draft by Baseball America.

The 6-foot, 205-pound Happ batted .338 (194-for-574) with 120 runs, 44 doubles, two triples, 25 home runs and 107 RBI in three seasons at Cincinnati. He drew more walks (128) than strikeouts (116), contributing to a .463 on-base percentage, and, along with his .552 slugging mark, has recorded a 1.015 OPS through his junior season. Happ has seen time in both right field and center field, as well as at second base, third base and shortstop.

Cubs Minor League Recap: 6/17/15

Myrtle Beach captured its series with Winston-Salem, and Tennessee’s winning streak continued on Wednesday. Meanwhile, Iowa and South Bend both came out on the losing end. Here are some notes from yesterday’s minor league action:

Iowa Cubs (34-31)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
Second Place (-9.0)

Iowa held a 4-0 lead after five innings but could not hold on, falling 7-4 on the road at Omaha.

  • C Taylor Teagarden (.286) went 2-for-4. He has hit safely in three straight games (4-for-10).
  • DH Junior Lake (.250) went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in the fourth inning, his first of the season.
  • CF Arismendy Alcantara (.270) reached twice, going 1-for-4 with a triple (7), a walk and a run scored.

Tennessee Smokies (36-29)
Southern League (Double-A)
Second Place (-3.5)

The Smokies won their fourth straight game, blanking visiting Mississippi, 8-0.

  • RHP Neil Ramirez (0.00) tossed a perfect inning of relief in his first rehab appearance.
  • RF Bijan Rademacher (.237) went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI (23). He has scored five runs in the last four games.
  • 2B Stephen Bruno (.279) extended his hitting streak to four games (8-for-16), going 2-for-3 with two runs scored and an RBI (20).
  • SS Bryant Flete (.184) went 2-for-3 with a double (1) and three RBI (4).
  • RHP Pierce Johnson tossed 5.0 scoreless innings in his second outing of the season. He has yet to allow a run in 8.0 innings (6 H, 2 BB, 6 SO).

Myrtle Beach Pelicans (38-27)
Carolina League (High-A)
First Place (+3.0)

Myrtle Beach claimed the rubber game of a three-game set, defeating Winston-Salem, 5-2.

  • RF Mark Zagunis (.312) went 3-for-4 with a triple (4), a walk, a run scored and an RBI (30). He has hit safely in five straight games (9-for-22).
  • 3B Jeimer Candelario (.266) went 2-for-5 with an RBI (22).
  • 1B Jacob Rogers (.262) went 2-for-4 with an RBI (40) and is now 5-for-8 in his last two games.
  • RHP Juan Paniagua (2.84) tossed 2.2 scoreless innings to pick up his second win.
  • RHP James Pugliese (1.47) collected his fifth save, striking out one in 2.2 scoreless innings. He has thrown at least 2.0 scoreless frames in six of his last seven appearances.

South Bend Cubs (27-36)
Midwest League (Low-A)
Eighth Place (-10.5)

South Bend dropped its second straight game to Dayton by a score of 3-1.

  • LF Rashad Crawford (.287) went 2-for-3 with a double (4) and a run scored. He has a six-game hitting streak (8-for-21).
  • SS Gleyber Torres (.313) reached base twice, going 1-for-3 with a walk.
  • RHP Michael Wagner (0.00) fanned six batters in 3.1 scoreless innings of relief.
  • 1B Cael Brockmeyer, C Gioskar Amaya and RHP Trevor Clifton were all ejected in the fourth inning.
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