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Cubs re-acquire OF Coghlan from Oakland for IF Alcantara

Chris Coghlan goes 4-for-4 with two homers, a double, three RBI and three runs—Sept. 20 vs. Los Angeles (Photo by Stephen Green)(Photo by Stephen Green)

The Chicago Cubs today acquired outfielder Chris Coghlan from the Oakland Athletics for infielder Arismendy Alcantara.

Coghlan, 30, rejoins the Cubs after spending the 2014 and 2015 campaigns with Chicago. He batted .265 (219 for 825) with 53 doubles, 11 triples and 25 homers in 273 games for the Cubs, and last season set career marks with 16 homers, 58 walks, 47 extra-base hits and 148 games played as he helped the Cubs to a playoff berth. He was traded from Chicago to Oakland Feb. 25 of this season for right-handed pitcher Aaron Brooks.

Coghlan this season appeared in 51 games, including 46 starts, with the Athletics, batting .146 (23 for 158) with five doubles, five homers and 14 RBI. He has made just one error in 130 chances in the field (.992), making 16 starts at second base, 15 starts at third base, 11 starts in right field and two starts in left field.

The left-handed hitting Coghlan has batted .260 (625 for 2,402) with 140 doubles, 24 triples, 51 homers and 213 RBI in eight major-league seasons with the Marlins (2009-13), Cubs (2014-15) and Athletics (2016). He was originally drafted by the Marlins in the first compensation round of the 2006 Draft. In 2009, he was named NL Rookie of the Year, as he batted .321 (162 for 504) with 31 doubles, nine homers and 47 RBI in 128 games played. After five seasons with the Marlins, he signed as a minor-league free agent with the Cubs in January 2014.

Alcantara, 24, is batting .264 (52 for 197) with nine doubles, five triples, five homers, 21 RBI and 21 stolen bases in 53 games with Triple-A Iowa this season, his eighth professional campaign. Signed by Chicago as a non-drafted free agent in November 2008, he appeared in parts of two major-league seasons with the Cubs from 2014-15, batting .194 (59 for 304) with 11 doubles, two triples and 10 homers in 81 games.

Cubs to host On Deck Luncheon Series

Ricketts(Photo courtesy Chicago Cubs)

The Cubs are giving fans an opportunity to connect with the team during the new On Deck Luncheon Series, presented by XFINITY and RSM, at Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House.

The luncheon series will allow attendees to interact with Cubs ownership, executives and players, who will provide insight into the season and organization. Each luncheon will feature a live broadcast chat with featured Cubs guests, led by 670 The Score’s on-air personalities Matt Spiegel and Jason Goff.

The series of three luncheons will be held at Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House in downtown Chicago during the 2016 season, beginning June 23 with Cubs Executive Chairman Tom Ricketts as the featured guest. General admission tickets cost $50 per lunch. VIP tickets cost $95 per lunch and include an exclusive pre-event meet and greet with the luncheon’s featured Cubs guest and a complimentary cocktail for guests age 21-and-older.

More information and tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis at cubs.com/ondeck.

Cubs Minor League Report: 6/7/16

Iowa picked up a one-run win, Myrtle Beach swept both games of its doubleheader, and South Bend won in walk-off fashion (again) on Tuesday. Here are some highlights from yesterday’s minor-league Cubs action.

Iowa Cubs (29-27)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
T-First (–)

Iowa finished off its series against Memphis with a 6-5 win, claiming the set 3-1.

  • LF Matt Murton (.329) was 2 for 2 with a double (5), two RBI (16) and a stolen base (1). He has six RBI in his last four games.
  • SS Munenori Kawasaki (.254) finished 2 for 4 with a walk, a run scored and an RBI (15).
  • RF Logan Watkins (.224) and 2B Arismendy Alcantara (.264) each went 1 for 3 with a walk, a run scored and an RBI. Alcantara swiped his 21st base of the season.
  • RHP Spencer Patton (1 IP, 1 H, 2 SO) earned his sixth save of the season.

Tennessee Smokies (25-33)
Southern League (Double-A)
T-Fourth Place (-13.0)

The Smokies collected just two hits in a 5-1 setback at Mississippi.

  • C Victor Caratini (.291) went 1 for 3 with a walk. He has hit safely in 11 of his last 12 games.
  • PH Kelly Dugan (.219) recorded a hit as a pinch-hitter.
  • RHP Jose Rosario (1 H, 3 SO) struck out three batters in 1.1 scoreless innings of relief.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans (32-26)
Carolina League (High-A)
Second Place (-5.5)

Myrtle Beach swept a doubleheader vs. Potomac, winning both games by a score of 4-3.

  • CF Rashad Crawford (.263) went a combined 3 for 7 with a run scored, two RBI (16) and a stolen base (10). He has hit safely in nine straight games (.385/15 for 39).
  • SS Gleyber Torres (.264) reached in both games, going a combined 2 for 5 with two walks, three runs scored and a stolen base (11). He’s compiled eight runs in his last five games.
  • 2B Ian Happ (.279) went a combined 2 for 3 with four walks, a double (10), a run scored and an RBI (36).
  • RHP Erick Leal (3.29 ERA) gave up two earned runs in six innings pitched and picked up his eighth win of the season, most among all Cubs minor leaguers.
  • RHP Jeremy Null (2.45 ERA) pitched 6.2 innings, striking out six in the win.

South Bend Cubs (35-22)
Midwest League (Single-A)
First Place (+1.0)

South Bend earned its seventh walk-off victory of the season, defeating Dayton 4-3 in 12 innings.

  • 2B Carlos Sepulveda (.317) was 3 for 5 with a run scored. It’s his second three-hit game in the last three contests and third of the season.
  • SS Bryant Flete (.230) went 1 for 4 with a walk and two RBI (13), including the game-winning sac fly in the 12th inning.
  • LF Eloy Jimenez (.318) and 3B Andrew Ely (.295) each collected two hits and a walk.
  • RHP Pedro Araujo (3 IP, 1 H, 2 SO), LHP John Williamson (1.2 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 2 SO) and RHP James Norwood (2.1 IP, 1 H, 2 BB, 3 SO) combined to throw seven scoreless innings of relief.

Cubs Lineup: 6/8/16 vs Phillies

Cubs vs. Phillies — Citizens Bank Park
First Pitch: 12:05 CST
Cubs Starter: John Lackey, rhp (6-2, 2.88)
Phillies Starter: Vincent Velasquez, rhp (5-2, 3.67 ERA)
TV: CSN, MLB Network (out-of-market only); Radio: 670 The Score

1. Dexter Fowler, cf
2. Jason Heyward, rf
3. Kris Bryant, 3b
4. Anthony Rizzo, 1b
5. Ben Zobrist, 2b
6. Albert Almora Jr., lf
7. Miguel Montero, c
8. Javy Baez, ss
9. John Lackey, p

Cubs call up OF Almora Jr., place OF Soler on 15-day DL

Almora (Photo by Stephen Green)

The Cubs today placed outfielder Jorge Soler on the 15-day disabled list with a left hamstring strain and selected the contract of Albert Almora Jr. from Triple-A Iowa. Almora, who will wear No. 5, will be available for the Cubs tonight as they continue their three-game series in Philadelphia.

The 22-year-old was selected by the Cubs in the first round (sixth overall) of the 2012 Draft out of Mater Academy Charter High School in Hialeah Gardens, Florida.  In five pro seasons with the Cubs, Almora has batted .292 (442 for 1,516) with 94 doubles, 16 triples, 23 home runs and 178 RBI in 379 minor-league contests.

Almora began the 2016 campaign by reaching the Triple-A level for the first time in his career and has batted .318 (68 for 214) with 12 doubles, three triples and three home runs in 54 games. His 10 stolen bases already represent the most he has recorded in a single season, while his .335 on-base percentage and .444 slugging percentage are his best marks since playing in Low-A ball three years ago.

The right-handed batter and thrower spent his first full season with Double-A Tennessee last year, batting .272 (110-for-405) with 26 doubles, four triples, six homers and 46 RBI in 106 games.

Soler, 24, is batting .223 (29 for 130) with five doubles, five home runs and 13 RBI in 50 games for the Cubs this season.

Cubs Lineup: 6/7/16 vs. Phillies

Cubs vs. Phillies — Citizens Bank Park
First Pitch: 6:05 CST
Cubs Starter: Kyle Hendricks, rhp (4-4, 2.84 ERA)
Phillies Starter: Jerad Eickhoff, lhp (2-8, 3.93 ERA)
TV: WGN; Radio: 670 The Score

1. Dexter Fowler, cf
2. Jason Heyward, rf
3. Kris Bryant, lf
4. Anthony Rizzo, 1b
5. Ben Zobrist, 2b
6. Tommy La Stella, 3b
7. Miguel Montero, c
8. Addison Russell, ss
9. Kyle Hendricks, p

Cubs Minor League Recap: 6/6/16

For as positive as Sunday was, it just wasn’t in the cards for Cubs affiliates Monday. Both Iowa and Tennessee picked up losses, while Myrtle Beach was rained out and South Bend was off. Here are some highlights from yesterday’s minor-league Cubs action.

Iowa Cubs (28-27)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
T-First (–)

Iowa had its nine-game winning streak snapped, collecting just three hits in a 6-2 setback to Memphis.

  • 1B Dan Vogelbach (.308) went 1 for 3 with a two-run homer (9) in the fourth inning. He leads the team with 40 RBI this season.
  • C Willson Contreras (.343) was 2 for 2 with a walk and a run scored. He extended his hitting streak to 14 games (.375/21 for 56) and has a .436 OBP on the season.
  • RHP Drew Rucinski allowed just two earned runs in 5.2 innings, his third straight start allowing two or fewer earned runs.

Tennessee Smokies (25-32)
Southern League (Double-A)
Fourth Place (-12.0)

The Smokies went 1 for 15 with runners in scoring position, falling 3-1 at Mississippi.

  • 1B Cael Brockmeyer (.421) finished 2 for 4 and has hit safely in all five games with Tennessee (8 for 19).
  • LF Bijan Rademacher (.291) reached three times, going 1 for 2 with two walks.
  • 2B Chesny Young (.299) and 3B Jeimer Candelario (.222) each went 1 for 4 with an extra-base hit and a walk.
  • RHP Starling Peralta (2.1 IP) tossed two or more scoreless innings for the seventh time this season.

Cubs Minor League Report: 6/5/16

It was a solid day for Cubs affiliates, as everybody came away victorious Sunday. Here are some highlights from yesterday’s minor-league action.

Iowa Cubs (28-26)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
First Place (+1.0)

Iowa defeated Memphis, 6-1. It marked the I-Cubs ninth straight win, their longest streak since 1991.

  • LF Matt Murton (.324) went 2 for 3 with a solo homer, his first of the season. He also walked once, scored two runs and collected two RBI (14). He is batting .419 (13 for 31) in his last nine games.
  • C David Freitas (.167) finished 1 for 4 with a go-ahead two-run homer in the fourth inning.
  • 3B Juan Perez (.266) was 2 for 4 with a triple (2), a run scored and two RBI (23).
  • RHP Alex Sanabia (8.02 ERA) gave up one earned run in five innings for the win. He has a 3.45 ERA (6 ER/15.2 IP) in his last three starts compared to a 19.50 ERA (13 ER/5.2 IP) in his first two outings.

Tennessee Smokies (25-31)
Southern League (Double-A)
Fourth Place (-12.0)

The Smokies scored six runs in the sixth inning to rally for an 11-6 win over host Mississippi.

  • 3B Jeimer Candelario (.222) went 1 for 3 with a solo homer (4), two walks and three runs scored.
  • CF Jacob Hannemann (.251) was 2 for 5 with a two-run homer (6), four RBI (23) and a stolen base (20). He extended his hitting streak to 13 games (.345/19 for 55).
  • SS Carlos Penalver (.243) went 2 for 3 with two runs scored, an RBI (19) and a hit-by-pitch.
  • RHP Miguel Mejia (2 IP, 1 H, 3 SO) earned his first win, tossing two scoreless innings of relief.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans (30-26)
Carolina League (High-A)
Second Place (-6.5)

Myrtle Beach claimed its largest victory as a Cubs affiliate, blanking visiting Potomac, 15-0.

  • 1B Yasiel Balaguert (.242) homered for the second straight game, going 2 for 4 with a three-run homer (9), a walk and four RBI (43). He has five runs scored and six RBI in the last three games.
  • 2B Ian Happ (.273) finished 2 for 4 with a three-run homer (6), a walk, three runs scored and a stolen base (9).
  • 3B Daniel Lockhart (.246) led the team in hits, going 3 for 4 with three runs scored and an RBI (12).
  • SS Gleyber Torres (.261) reached base four times, finishing 1 for 2 with three walks, two runs scored and two stolen bases (10). He has reached in 11 of 22 plate appearances this month.
  • C Gioskar Amaya (.231) went 2 for 5 with a solo homer (1), his first of the season.
  • Named the Cubs Pitcher of the Month for May, Trevor Clifton (2.08 ERA) tossed six scoreless frames in his first June outing, striking out six. It marked his fourth scoreless game in his last five appearances.

South Bend Cubs (34-22)
Midwest League (Single-A)
First Place (+1.0)

South Bend led 2-0 after two innings and held on for a 2-1 win over visiting West Michigan.

  • C P.J. Higgins (.288) and 3B Jesse Hodges (.294) each hit a double and scored a run.
  • LHP Kyle Twomey (4.38 ERA) gave up one earned run in five innings. He has allowed just two runs over his last two starts (10.1 IP).
  • RHP Scott Effross (1.1 IP, 2 H,1 SO) has not allowed a run in his last 15.1 innings.

Cubs Lineup: 6/6/16 vs. Phillies

Cubs vs. Phillies — Citizens Bank Park
First Pitch: 6:05 CST
Cubs Starter: Jon Lester, lhp (6-3, 2.29 ERA)
Phillies Starter: Adam Morgan, lhp (1-4, 7.07 ERA)
TV: CSN, ESPN2 (out-of-market only); Radio: 670 The Score

1. Dexter Fowler, cf
2. Jason Heyward, rf
3. Kris Bryant, 3b
4. Anthony Rizzo, 1b
5. Jorge Soler, lf
6. Javy Baez, 2b
7. Addison Russell, ss
8. David Ross, c
9. Jon Lester, p

Cubs Lineup: 6/4/16 vs. Diamondbacks

Cubs vs. Diamondbacks — Wrigley Field
First Pitch: 1:20 CST
Cubs Starter: Jason Hammel, rhp (6-1, 2.09 ERA)
Diamondbacks Starter: Edwin Escobar, lhp (0-1, 18.90 ERA)
TV: WGN; Radio: 670 The Score

1. Dexter Fowler, cf
2. Jason Heyward, rf
3. Kris Bryant, 3b
4. Anthony Rizzo, 1b
5. Ben Zobrist, 2b
6. Jorge Soler, lf
7. Addison Russell, ss
8. David Ross, c
9. Jason Hammel, p

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