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Cubs Spring Training Lineup: 3/27/15

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Anthony Rizzo will square off against his old teammate Jeff Samardzija as the Cubs host the White Sox Friday. (Photo by Stephen Green)

Cubs vs. White Sox – Sloan Park
First Pitch: 3:05 CST
Cubs Starter: Jason Hammel, RHP
White Sox Starter: Jeff Samardzija, RHP
Broadcast: CSN, Listen live at MLB.com

Lineup
1. Dexter Fowler, CF
2. Chris Coghlan, LF
3. Jorge Soler, RF
4. Anthony Rizzo, 1B
5. Starlin Castro, SS
6. Arismendy Alcantara, 3B
7. Miguel Montero, C
8. Jason Hammel, P
9. Tommy La Stella, 2B

Fall Out Boy to perform a pregame show at Wrigley Field on Opening Night

Major League Baseball today announced Chicago-born, award-winning rock band Fall Out Boy will headline MLB Opening Night’s first-ever live musical performance as part of the pregame festivities at Wrigley Field on April 5.

Fall Out Boy will perform three songs live on-field for fans before the Cubs host the Cardinals in the first official game of the 2015 MLB season. The band’s platinum hit, “Centuries” will be televised live to a national audience on Baseball Tonight, airing on ESPN2 at 6 p.m. CST, immediately followed by the live broadcast of the Opening Night at 7 p.m. CST.

With Fall Out Boy’s performance taking place pregame, batting practice for both the Cubs and Cardinals will be moved up by approximately 30 minutes. Gates at Wrigley Field will open at 4:35 p.m. CST as a result.

“Wrigley Field has always been a magical place to me. In some ways, I can chart milestones of my life and growing up there—from going to see Andre Dawson and Ryne Sandberg play, to going with my dad to one of the first night games they ever had there, to the first time I took the ‘EL’ there on my own for a game with my friends,” said Pete Wentz, Fall Out Boy’s bassist. “When our band all lived in an apartment together in Roscoe Village, we used to pass out fliers for shows at the Metro after games. It has been a lifetime dream to get the chance to play at Wrigley Field. We are grateful to MLB for the opportunity and so excited to perform for our hometown crowd.”

In addition to “Centuries,” Fall Out Boy will perform its newest single, “Uma Thurman” as well as the multiplatinum hit “My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light ‘em up).”

Fall Out Boy, who won Best Alternative Band at the 2014 People’s Choice Awards, have cemented their position as one of rock music’s biggest-selling bands. Their sixth studio album American Beauty/American Psycho debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 and peaked at No. 1 on iTunes in more than 22 countries upon its Jan. 20, 2015, release. The band, which will be heading out on tour this summer (Boys of Zummer with Wiz Khalifa), also has written the song “Immortals,” featured in the Oscar-nominated Disney hit movie Big Hero 6.

Hailing from Chicago, Fall Out Boy—Patrick Stump (vocals/guitar), Wentz, Joe Trohman (guitar) and Andy Hurley (drums)—has appeared on the cover of Rolling Stone and has performed on Saturday Night Live, The Today Show, America’s Got Talent, The Voice, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Conan, The Late Show with David Letterman, Jimmy Kimmel Live and many more. More information can be found at falloutboy.com.

Cubs Spring Training Lineup: 3/25/15

Wood_Cubs_035Wednesday’s starter Travis Wood has a 1-0 record with a 3.77 ERA in three spring starts.

Cubs vs. Mariners @ Peoria Stadium
First Pitch: 9:05 CST
Cubs Starter: Travis Wood, LHP
Mariners Starter: Taijuan Walker, RHP
Broadcast: CSN, Listen live at MLB.com

1. Dexter Fowler, CF
2. Chris Coghlan, LF
3. Miguel Montero, C
4. Starlin Castro, SS
5. Ryan Sweeney, RF
6. Tommy La Stella, 3B
7. Mike Olt, 1B
8. Travis Wood, P
9. Arismendy Alcantara, 2B

Cubs Spring Training Lineup: 3/24/15

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Addison Russell will start at shortstop for the Cubs Tuesday. (Photo by Stephen Green)

Cubs vs. Athletics @ HoHoKam Park
First Pitch: 3:05 CST
Cubs Starter: Edwin Jackson, RHP
Athletics Starter: Drew Pomeranz, LHP
Broadcast: Listen live at MLB.com

1. Dexter Fowler, CF
2. Junior Lake, LF
3. Jorge Soler, RF
4. Anthony Rizzo, 1B
5. Kris Bryant, 3B
6. Miguel Montero, C
7. Javier Baez, 2B
8. Addison Russell, SS
9. Edwin Jackson, P

Cubs Spring Training Lineup: 3/20/15

Almora_Cubs_139Cubs outfielder and third-ranked prospect (MLB.com) Albert Almora is hitting .353 on the spring. (Photo by Stephen Green)

Cubs vs. White Sox – Camelback Ranch
First Pitch: 3:05 CST
Cubs Starter: Travis Wood, LHP
White Sox Starter: Hector Noesi, RHP
Broadcast: Listen live at MLB.com, MLB Network

Lineup
1. Tommy La Stella, 3B
2. Arismendy Alcantara, 2B
3. Ryan Sweeney, RF
4. Junior Lake, LF
5. Mike Baxter, 1B
6. Albert Almora, CF
7. David Ross, C
8. Jonathan Herrera, SS
9. Travis Wood, P

Cubs Spring Training Lineup: 3/18/15

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Cubs starter Jake Arrieta will make his third start of the spring and get his first at-bats. (Photo by Stephen Green)

Cubs vs. Dodgers – Camelback Ranch
First Pitch: 3:05 CST
Cubs Starter: Jake Arrieta, RHP
Dodgers Starter: Brandon McCarthy, RHP
Broadcast: Listen live at MLB.com, MLB Network (delay)

Lineup
1. Chris Coghlan, LF
2. Arismendy Alcantara, 3B
3. Anthony Rizzo, 1B
4. Jorge Soler, RF
5. Matt Szczur, CF
6. Tommy La Stella, 2B
7. David Ross, C
8. Addison Russell, SS
9. Jake Arrieta, P

Home Series No. 24 Preview: Cubs vs. Reds

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Devin Mesoraco and Todd Frazier (right) have been bright spots for an inconsistent Reds lineup. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

The Reds spent most of the first half pushing to make the NL Central a very intriguing four-team race, but a rash of injuries finally caught up with them. Since July, the team has been 28-40 and is now just 71-79 overall, a far cry from reaching the one-game NL playoff round like they did in 2013. Given Joey Votto, Brandon Phillips, Devin Mesoraco and Mat Latos have all missed significant time, it was almost inevitable the Reds would eventually fall off the pace. However, much like the Cubs, this year is hardly a complete loss, as they’ve seen several players emerge as key pieces that could help them contend in the near future.

PITCHING
(3.8 RA/G, 7TH IN NL)*

Tuesday’s starter Johnny Cueto has become the anchor of the Reds rotation and should be a legitimate Cy Young candidate. On Monday, the Cubs will see All-Star Alfredo Simon, who’s tailed off after having a strong start to the season. Despite the dropoff, he’s still 3-0 in four starts with a 1.40 ERA against the Cubs this year. Daniel Corcino is scheduled to make his second career MLB start Wednesday. His fastball/slider combo led to a 28 percent strikeout rate this year at Triple-A. The bullpen has had some issues this year as well. Aroldis Chapman is still one of the more dominant closers in baseball, but the innings leading up to Chapman’s have been troublesome. The Reds’ relief group is 14th in bullpen ERA and save percentage.

HITTING
(3.7 RS/G, 13TH IN NL)

The Reds have struggled to score runs for much of the season. A lot of that has to do with the absence of Votto and his career .417 on-base percentage. He’s only played in 62 games this season due to quad strains. Phillips has continued his downward trend, showing only modest on-base skills to go along with his diminished power. Mesoraco has had a good year, hitting .280/.366/.541 (AVG/OBP/SLG) with 23 homers and 74 driven in, while Todd Frazier (.280 AVG, 26 homers, 75 RBI, 20 stolen bases) has helped carry the load. If inconsistent rookie Billy Hamilton can get his OBP to league-average levels, he could be a real asset.

Cubs, Giants set to resume Tuesday’s suspended game Thursday afternoon

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As announced today by Major League Baseball, the Tuesday, August 19, game against the San Francisco Giants is scheduled to resume tomorrow at Wrigley Field.  The game will resume at 4:05 p.m. CT with the Cubs batting in the bottom of the 5th inning.  Following the conclusion of the game, the Cubs and Giants will play their regularly-scheduled game at 7:05 p.m.

Ticket holders from the Tuesday, August 19, game may redeem their tickets for tomorrow’s 4:05 p.m. game and remain for the regularly-scheduled 7:05 p.m. contest against the Giants.  Ticket holders for tomorrow’s 7:05 p.m. game may also attend the 4:05 p.m. game from their ticketed seats.

To redeem tickets, fans must present the Tuesday, August 19, game ticket at the Wrigley Field Ticket Office. Tickets may be redeemed for the best comparable seats and are subject to availability. They cannot be refunded or exchanged for cash value.

Tuesday, August 19, ticket holders who cannot make tomorrow’s  game may opt for a complimentary weeknight game at Wrigley Field during the remainder of the 2014 season as announced today by the team.

1990s Homestand Promotions and Guests: 8/19/14-8/24/14

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This Wrigley Field 100 tote will be given to the first 10,000 fans on Saturday, Aug. 23.

The 1990s marked the arrival of Sammy Sosa, a stretch of continued excellence by Mark Grace, a dazzling performance by Kerry Wood and a Wild Card Tiebreaker win for the ages. Starting Tuesday, Aug. 19, the Cubs welcome the San Francisco Giants and Baltimore Orioles to town for a 1990s-themed celebration. Fans can relive the decade along with Chris Chelios, Gary Sinise and many more.

Here are the other guests and promotions you’ll find at the Friendly Confines during the six-game set.

1990s Homestand Recap, August 19-24

Tuesday, August 19, Chicago Cubs vs. San Francisco Giants, 7:05 p.m.

  • Promotion: Cubs Floppy Hat presented by Pepsi and Jewel-Osco (first 10,000 fans)
  • First pitch: Members of the WNBA Chicago Sky basketball team
  • Seventh-inning stretch: Wayne Messmer, longtime Cubs national anthem singer
  • Broadcast: CSN-TV, WGN 720-AM Radio, WRTO 1200-AM Spanish Radio, Cubs.com

Wednesday, August 20, Chicago Cubs vs. San Francisco Giants, 7:05 p.m.

  • Special Event: Star Wars Night
  • First pitch: Mark Duplass, actor from The League and The Mindy Project
  • Seventh-inning stretch: Chris Chelios, former Blackhawks player
  • Broadcast: WCIU-TV, WGN 720-AM Radio, WRTO 1200-AM Spanish Radio, Cubs.com

Thursday, August 21, Chicago Cubs vs. San Francisco Giants, 7:05 p.m.

  • Special Event: Social Media Night
  • First pitch: Social Media Night winner
  • Seventh-inning stretch: TBD
  • Broadcast: CSN-TV, WGN 720-AM Radio, Cubs.com

Friday, August 22, Chicago Cubs vs. Baltimore Orioles, 1:20 p.m.

  • Promotion: Kerry Wood 20-Strikeout Bobblehead presented by Budweiser (first 10,000 adults 21+)
  • Seventh-inning stretch: Gary Sinise, actor, producer and director
  • Broadcast: WGN-TV, WGN 720-AM Radio, Cubs.com

Saturday, August 23, Chicago Cubs vs. Baltimore Orioles, 1:20 p.m.

  • Promotion: Wrigley Field Tote Bag presented by Starwood Preferred Guest (first 10,000 fans)
  • First pitch and Seventh-inning stretch: John Groce, Fighting Illini basketball coach; Members of the band O.A.R.
  • Broadcast: CSN-TV, WGN 720-AM Radio, Cubs.com

Sunday, August 24, Chicago Cubs vs. Baltimore Orioles, 1:20 p.m.

  • Throwback uniforms: Retro 1994 alternate uniform
  • Promotion: ’90s Throwback Gracie the Swan Beanie Baby (first 5,000 children)
  • First pitch: TBD
  • Seventh-inning stretch: TBD
  • Broadcast: WGN-TV, WGN 720-AM Radio, Cubs.com

For more information on Wrigley Field’s 100th birthday celebration, please visit wrigleyfield100.com.

 

Home Series No. 19 Preview: Cubs vs. Brewers

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Jonathan Lucroy has emerged as an NL MVP candidate. (Mike McGinnis/Getty Images)

The Brewers’ hot start to the season may have come as a surprise, but it’s their continued excellence that’s really catching people’s attention. Milwaukee is led by its very impressive offense, which is making the Upper Midwest look a lot like the Mile High City. While the starting staff doesn’t boast a true ace, all five arms are quality rotation pieces. The bullpen came into the season as a major question mark, but it has managed to be strong thus far—though that isn’t a complete surprise considering how variable relief arms can be from year to year. The major issue for the pitching staff is the lack of depth in the minor league system. This kept the Brewers relatively quiet in the trade market, and it also likely means they won’t be able to inject much youth into their playoff push.

PITCHING
(4.0 RA/G, 9TH IN NL)

Wednesday starter Kyle Lohse has continued his late-career renaissance, as he looks to compile his fourth-consecutive sub-3.50 ERA season. As the de facto staff ace, he has delivered his usual steady performance. Tuesday’s starter Wily Peralta has also emerged as a strong mid-rotation arm. Monday night’s starter Yovani Gallardo has not have lived up to the lofty, early-career hype, but continues to produce solid starts. The bullpen has been anchored by resurgent closer Francisco Rodriguez and a breakout performance from fireballing setup man Will Smith. The biggest issue in the ’pen may be what happens if the wheels fall off for Rodriguez down the stretch.

HITTING
(4.3 RS/G, 2ND IN NL)

The Brewers trail only the Coors Field-aided Rockies when it comes to scoring runs. The offense is led by three MVP-caliber players in Ryan Braun (who isn’t firing on all cylinders, but has still been strong), Carlos Gomez (who announced his presence with an elite 2013 season on both sides of the ball) and breakthrough performer Jonathan Lucroy. The backstop gets plenty of accolades for his abilities behind the plate, but his above-.860 OPS is also impressive, along with his 18 homers and 82 driven in. His 5.0 wins above replacement total is the fourth-highest among NL hitters. That trio has overshadowed another strong season from Aramis Ramirez and a solid year from Scooter Gennett. Add the power of Khris Davis and Mark Reynolds, and this is truly one of the more impressive offensive units in baseball.

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