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Cubs Lineup: 9/29/16 vs. Pirates

Cubs vs. Pirates — PNC Park
First Pitch: 6:05 CST
Cubs Starter: Rob Zastryzny, lhp (1-0, 1.46 ERA)
Pirates Starter: Ivan Nova, rhp (12-8, 4.25 ERA)
TV: WGN; Radio: 670 The Score

1. Tommy La Stella, 3b
2. Albert Almora Jr., cf
3. Addison Russell, ss
4. Willson Contreras, lf
5. Javy Baez, 1b
6. Matt Szczur, rf
7. Tim Federowicz, c
8. Munenori Kawasaki, 2b
9. Rob Zastryzny, p

Cubs, Epstein agree on five-year contract extension

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Chicago Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts announced that the team and President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein have agreed to terms on a five-year contract extension.

“In the five years under Theo’s leadership, he has brought in a strong executive team and acquired and developed some of the best players in the game. Now, the results are on the field. My family and I have no doubt that we have moved closer to our goal of delivering Cubs fans the World Series Championship they deserve,” Ricketts said, adding that the contract “ensures the baseball operations team assembled by Epstein will continue its remarkable tenure of building a consistent championship contender.”

“Both on the baseball and business sides, I believe we have the best leadership in the league and we are well positioned for sustained success,” Ricketts said.

Epstein originally joined the Cubs on Oct. 25, 2011, under the terms of a five-year deal. The major-league club has progressed from a 61-101 record in 2012 to 101 wins with five games remaining just four years later, becoming just the third team in major-league history to win at least 100 games within four years of a 100-loss season. Since 2012, the organization progressed to a 66-96 record in 2013 and a 73-89 mark in 2014 before surging to a 97-65 mark in 2015, the third-best record in all of baseball and an eventual spot in the National League Championship Series.

The 2016 Cubs clinched the best record in all of baseball with more than a week remaining in the regular season, reaching 100 wins for the first time since 1935 and maintaining the possibility of posting one of the top three win totals in 140 years of Cubs baseball. The Cubs have qualified for postseason play in consecutive seasons for only the third time in their modern baseball history.

During his time with the Cubs, Epstein has expanded both the size and scope of baseball operations leadership, increasing the organization’s emphasis in amateur, professional and international scouting, player development, analytics, research and development, medical operations and beyond.

Since taking over baseball operations, Epstein and his group have rebuilt the organization by making more than 40 trades to acquire players such as Anthony Rizzo, Jake Arrieta, Addison Russell, Dexter Fowler and Kyle Hendricks; have been aggressive on the free-agent market to sign players such as Jon Lester, Jason Heyward, Ben Zobrist and John Lackey; selected impact talent such as Kris Bryant, Kyle Schwarber and Albert Almora Jr. in the amateur draft; selected Hector Rondon in the Rule 5 Draft; signed Jorge Soler and many other future Cubs in the international market; and hired 2015 NL Manager of the Year Joe Maddon.

Epstein joined the Cubs after 10 seasons with the Boston Red Sox, the last nine as the club’s General Manager. He built World Champion ballclubs in 2004 and 2007, winning the organization’s first World Series title in 86 years, and saw four teams advance to the American League Championship Series (2003, 2004, 2007, 2008).

Cubs Lineup: 9/28/16 vs. Pirates

Cubs vs. Pirates — PNC Park
First Pitch: 6:05 CST
Cubs Starter: Jake Arrieta, rhp (18-7, 2.85 ERA)
Pirates Starter: Jameson Taillon, rhp (4-4, 3.49 ERA)
TV: CSN-Chicago; Radio: 670 The Score

1. Dexter Fowler, cf
2. Kris Bryant, 3b
3. Anthony Rizzo, 1b
4. Ben Zobrist, 2b
5. Jason Heyward, rf
6. Addison Russell, ss
7. Chris Coghlan, lf
8. Miguel Montero, c
9. Jake Arrieta, p

Cubs Lineup: 9/27/16 vs. Pirates

Cubs vs. Pirates — PNC Park
First Pitch: 6:05 CST
Cubs Starter: John Lackey, rhp (10-8, 3.39 ERA)
Pirates Starter: Ryan Vogelsong, rhp (3-6, 4.85 ERA)
TV: CSN-Chicago; Radio: 670 The Score

1. Dexter Fowler, cf
2. Chris Coghlan, rf
3. Anthony Rizzo, 1b
4. Ben Zobrist, lf
5. Miguel Montero, c
6. Tommy La Stella, 3b
7. Javy Baez, ss
8. Munenori Kawasaki, 2b
9. John Lackey, p

Cubs Lineup: 9/26/16 vs. Pirates

Cubs vs. Pirates — PNC Park
First Pitch: 6:05 CST
Cubs Starter: Kyle Hendricks, rhp (15-8, 2.06 ERA)
Pirates Starter: Chad Kuhl, rhp (5-3, 3.73 ERA)
TV: CSN-Chicago; Radio: 670 The Score

1. Chris Coghlan, lf
2. Kris Bryant, 3b
3. Anthony Rizzo, 1b
4. Willson Contreras, c
5. Jason Heyward, rf
6. Addison Russell, ss
7. Albert Almora, cf
8. Javy Baez, 2b
9. Kyle Hendricks, p

Cubs Lineup: 9/23/16 vs. Cardinals

Cubs vs. Cardinals — Wrigley Field
First Pitch: 1:20 CST
Cubs Starter: Jake Arrieta, rhp (17-7, 2.96 ERA)
Cardinals Starter: Mike Leake, rhp (9-10, 4.94 ERA)
TV: ABC-7, ESPN; Radio: 670 The Score

1. Dexter Fowler, cf
2. Kris Bryant, 3b
3. Anthony Rizzo, 1b
4. Ben Zobrist, 2b
5. Addison Russell, ss
6. Jason Heyward, rf
7. Chris Coghlan, lf
8. Miguel Montero, c
9. Jake Arrieta, p

Cubs Lineup: 9/21/16 vs. Reds

Cubs vs. Reds — Wrigley Field
First Pitch: 7:05 CST
Cubs Starter: John Lackey, rhp (9-8, 3.42 ERA)
Reds Starter: Robert Stephenson, rhp (2-1, 4.97 ERA)
TV: WGN; Radio: 670 The Score

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

Cubs Lineup: 9/19/16 vs. Reds

Cubs vs. Reds — Wrigley Field
First Pitch: 7:05 CST
Cubs Starter: Jason Hammel, rhp (14-9, 3.60 ERA)
Reds Starter: Tim Adleman, rhp (2-4, 4.28 ERA)
TV: CSN-Chicago; Radio: 670 The Score

1. Dexter Fowler, cf
2. Kris Bryant, 3b
3. Anthony Rizzo, 1b
4. Ben Zobrist, 2b
5. Addison Russell, ss
6. Jason Heyward, rf
7. Willson Contreras, c
8. Chris Coghlan, lf
9. Jason Hammel, p

Cubs Lineup: 9/16/16 vs. Brewers

Cubs vs. Brewers — Wrigley Field
First Pitch: 1:20 CST
Cubs Starter: John Lackey, rhp (9-8, 3.35 ERA ERA)
Brewers Starter: Chase Anderson, rhp (8-11, 4.53 ERA)
TV: CSN-Chicago, MLB Network (out-of-network only); Radio: 670 The Score

1. Matt Szczur, rf
2. Javy Baez, ss
3. Jorge Soler, lf
4. Willson Contreras, c
5. Chris Coghlan, 1b
6. Albert Almora Jr., cf
7. Tommy La Stella, 3b
8. Munenori Kawasaki, 2b
9. John Lackey, p

Jimenez, Clifton named Cubs Minor League Players of the Year

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The Chicago Cubs today named outfielder Eloy Jimenez and right-handed pitcher Trevor Clifton the organization’s Minor League Player and Pitcher of the Year, respectively. Jimenez and Clifton will be honored during an on-field ceremony prior to the Cubs 1:20 p.m. CT game Friday, Sept. 23, against the St. Louis Cardinals at Wrigley Field.

Jimenez, 19, was named Midwest League Most Valuable Player and Prospect of the Year after batting .329 (142-for-432) with 40 doubles, three triples, 14 homers, 65 runs scored and 81 RBI in 112 games with Single-A South Bend. He led the league in doubles, slugging percentage (.532) and OPS (.901), ranked second in RBI (81) and total bases (230) and ranked third in batting average (.329). He also led all Cubs minor leaguers in average and ranked second in RBI.

Named a Midwest League midseason and postseason All-Star, Jimenez earned two Player of the Week honors and was named Cubs Minor League Player of the Month for May after batting .364 (40-for-110) with eight doubles, seven homers and 23 RBI in 28 games. He was named to the 2016 SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game in San Diego, going 2-for-3 with a double, a homer, two runs scored and four RBI in the contest. He was also selected to the 2016 Baseball America Minor League All-Star team.

Jimenez has hit .297 (242-for-814) with 58 doubles, 24 homers and 141 RBI in 211 career minor-league contests with Rookie League Mesa (2014), Single-A Eugene (2015) and South Bend (2016). He was originally signed by the Cubs as a non-drafted free agent in August 2013 and is currently ranked the second-best prospect in the Cubs organization by MLB Pipeline.

Clifton, 21, went 7-7 with a 2.72 ERA (36 ER/119 IP) in 23 starts with Single-A Myrtle Beach, earning Carolina League Pitcher of the Year honors. He led all Cubs minor leaguers and ranked third in the Carolina League with 129 strikeouts in 119 innings pitched. He was named as both a Carolina League midseason and postseason All-Star, leading the league in ERA and WHIP (1.16).

Clifton was twice named Cubs Pitcher of the Month, claiming the award in May and August. He went 3-1 with a 1.29 ERA (4 ER/28 IP) and 35 strikeouts in five May starts, and then went 2-0 with a 0.85 ERA (3 ER/31.2 IP) and 34 strikeouts in five August starts. He made two postseason starts with Myrtle Beach, allowing just one run in 12 innings, including six scoreless frames in Game Three of the Mills Cup Championship Series Tuesday.

Clifton has gone 19-19 with a 3.52 ERA (117 ER/299 IP) in 67 minor-league appearances, all but eight as starter, in four seasons with Rookie League Mesa (2013), Single-A Boise (2014), Single-A South Bend (2015) and Myrtle Beach (2016). He was selected by the Cubs in the 12th round of the 2013 Draft out of Heritage High School in Maryville, Tennessee, and is currently ranked the eighth-best prospect in the Cubs organization by MLB Pipeline.