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Cubs acquire RHP Hunter from Baltimore; DFA RHP Rowen

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The Cubs acquired right-handed pitcher Tommy Hunter from the Baltimore Orioles for outfielder Junior Lake on Friday. Additionally, right-handed pitcher Ben Rowen has been designated for assignment.

Hunter, 29, has pitched all or part of eight major league seasons with the Texas Rangers (2008-11) and Baltimore (2011-15). Since moving into a full-time bullpen role with Baltimore in the 2013 season, Hunter has gone 11-9 with 39 holds, 15 saves and a 3.05 ERA (65 ER/191.2 IP) in 167 relief outings the last three years, limiting opponents to a .276 on-base percentage and .357 slugging percentage for only a .633 opponents OPS. He has walked only 37 batters in 191.2 innings and posted a 1.95 ERA (6 ER/27.2 IP) in 21 outings against the National League the last three years.

The right-hander saw 75 of his first 98 major league outings come as a starting pitcher through the 2012 campaign before moving to the bullpen and tying for 10th in the league with 21 holds while posting a 2.81 ERA (27 ER/86.1 IP) and a 0.98 WHIP in a career-high 68 outings in 2013. Hunter saw time as Baltimore’s closer last year and recorded 11 saves to go along with 12 holds and a 2.97 ERA (20 ER/60.2 IP) in 60 appearances. He is 2-2 with six holds and a 3.63 ERA (18 ER/44.2 IP) in 39 appearances for the Orioles this season.

Hunter is 44-33 with 15 saves and a 4.28 ERA (314 ER/661.0 IP) in 265 major league outings, 190 of which have come in relief. He broke into the big leagues with Texas in 2008 at the age of 22 and made all but one of his first 45 major league outings as a starter through 2010, going 13-4 with a 3.73 ERA (53 ER/128.0 IP) in 2010 before being traded to Baltimore with Chris Davis for Koji Uehara on July 30, 2011.  Hunter has reached the postseason three times with Texas (2010) and Baltimore (2012 and 2014).

The 6-foot-3, 250-pound Hunter was selected by the Rangers in the supplemental first round (54th overall) of the 2007 Draft out of the University of Alabama. He is a native of Indianapolis.

Lake, 25, batted .224 (13-for-58) with one home run and five RBI in 21 games with the Cubs this season.  He broke into the big leagues with the Cubs in 2013 and has batted .241 (145-for-602) with 16 home runs and 46 RBI in 193 games over the last three seasons. He originally signed with the Cubs as a non-drafted free agent in 2007.

Rowen, 26, was selected from Triple-A Iowa this past Wednesday, but did not appear in a game for Chicago. He was 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA (9.1 IP) in eight appearances with Iowa since joining the Cubs on a minor league deal on July 4 of this season.

Cubs Lineup: 7/31/15

Cubs vs. Brewers — Miller Park
First Pitch: 7:10 CST
Cubs Starter: Jason Hammel, RHP
Brewers Starter: Taylor Jungmann, RHP
TV: WGN Chicago; Radio: WBBM 780 AM

1. Dexter Fowler, CF
2. Kyle Schwarber, C
3. Chris Coghlan, LF
4. Anthony Rizzo, 1B
5. Kris Bryant, 3B
6. Jorge Soler, RF
7. Starlin Castro, SS
8. Jason Hammel, P
9. Addison Russell, 2B

Cubs acquire RHP Haren from Marlins

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The Chicago Cubs today acquired right-handed pitcher Dan Haren and a cash consideration from the Marlins for minor league right-handed pitcher Ivan Pineyro and minor league infielder Elliot Soto.

Haren, 34, is 149-129 with a 3.75 ERA (983 ER/2,361.1 IP) in 380 appearances (369 starts) covering 13 major league seasons with St. Louis (2003-04), Oakland (2005-07), Arizona (2008-10), the Angels (2010-12), Washington (2013), the Dodgers (2014) and Miami (2015). Among active pitchers, he ranks in the top 10 in innings pitched, games started, wins, strikeouts (1,965) and WHIP (1.18). He has seven top 10 finishes in his league in both strikeouts and innings pitched.

A three-time All-Star, Haren has reached 30 starts and double digits in victories while surpassing 175.0 innings pitched in each of the last 10 seasons starting in 2005, numbers that are within reach for an 11th straight campaign in 2015. Haren’s 350 starts since the beginning of the 2005 campaign are most in the majors, while his 143 victories in that span rank third.

Haren broke into the big leagues with the Cardinals in 2003 at the age of 22 and joined Oakland as part of a four-player trade prior to the 2005 season. He earned his first All-Star selection in 2007 with Oakland when he went 15-9 with a 3.07 ERA in 34 starts. He was also an All-Star with Arizona in 2008 and 2009.

Haren has gone 7-7 with a 3.42 ERA (49 ER/129.0 IP) in 21 starts with the Marlins this season. He has issued only 25 walks in 129.0 innings pitched, an average of 1.74 walks per nine innings, the seventh-lowest average in the National League. Haren also has turned in a 1.09 WHIP, 10th lowest in the league, while limiting opponents to a .286 on-base percentage.

Pineyro, 23, was acquired by the Cubs from the Washington Nationals for outfielder Scott Hairston on July 8, 2013. The right-hander has gone 7-5 with a 3.69 ERA in 19 starts with Double-A Tennessee this season after going 0-4 with a 5.55 ERA in 11 starts with Tennessee last year.

Soto, 25, is batting .275 with no home runs and 18 RBI in 88 games with Tennessee this season. He was originally selected by the Cubs in the 15th round of the 2010 Draft. He combined to bat .244 with one home run and 23 RBI in 69 games between Tennessee and Triple-A Iowa last season.

Cubs Minor League Recap: 7/30/15

Iowa and Myrtle Beach won in dramatic fashion while Eugene and Mesa also claimed wins Thursday. Tennessee and South Bend both were on the wrong side of one-run games. Here are some notes from yesterday’s minor league recap:

Iowa Cubs (55-50)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
Third Place (-7.5)

Iowa scored two runs in the 12th inning to defeat host Nashville, 5-4.

  • 3B Christian Villanueva (.277) reached base four times, going 2-for-4 with two walks, one run scored and one RBI (55).
  • LF John Andreoli (.274) went 2-for-6 with a double (14) and an RBI (16).
  • SS Javier Baez (.305) went 1-for-5 with a double (8) and two runs scored. He has scored five runs in his first three games since returning to Iowa.
  • RHP Frank Batista tossed 4.0 scoreless innings of relief to collect his first win of the season.

Tennessee Smokies (14-18)
Southern League (Double-A)
Third Place (-9.0)

Tennessee surrendered three solo home runs to Montgomery’s Tyler Goeddel in a 4-3 setback.

  • DH Willson Contreras (.317) went 1-for-3 with a double (25), a walk and a run scored.
  • The Smokies collected just five hits (four singles) in the loss.
  • LHP Rob Zastryzny (4.64) gave up two earned runs in 5.1 innings, fanning four. He has posted a 2.25 ERA (4 ER/16.0 IP) across his last three starts.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans (20-15)
Carolina League (High-A)
Second Place (-2.5)

SS Carlos Penalver hit a two-run, walk-off homer in the bottom of the ninth as the Pelicans won their fifth straight game, defeating Potomac, 4-3.

  • RHP Jeremy Null (4.33) gave up two earned runs in 5.0 innings for the no-decision.
  • Penalver finished 2-for-4 with two runs scored and two RBI. The walk-off blast was his first homer since May 31 of last season with Kane County.
  • DH Chesny Young (.339) went 2-for-4 with a triple (3), a run scored and an RBI (24).
  • C Cael Brockmeyer (.225) went 2-for-4 with a double (1) and an RBI (10). He has consecutive multi-hit games and three multi-hit efforts in his last four games.

South Bend Cubs (16-18)
Midwest League (Low-A)
T-Fifth Place (-3.5)

South Bend allowed two runs in the bottom of the ninth, falling in walk-off fashion, 3-2, at Great Lakes.

  • SS Gleyber Torres (.314) went 2-for-5 with a stolen base (17).
  • CF Rashad Crawford (.292) extended his hitting streak to six games (.400/8-for-20), going 2-for-3 with a walk and a season-high three stolen bases (18).
  • 3B Jesse Hodges (.247) went 1-for-3 with a solo home run (5) in the second inning.
  • LHP Tommy Thorpe (3.67) gave up one earned run in 6.0 innings. He has posted a 1.59 ERA (3 ER/17.0 IP) in his last three starts.

Eugene Emeralds (2-1)
Northwest League (Short-Season A)
T-First Place (–)

Eugene won its second straight game at Spokane, defeating the Indians, 6-4.

  • RHP Adbert Alzolay entered in the third inning and allowed zero hits or runs in 6.0 innings. He walked just one batter and struck out three, collected his second win.
  • CF Donnie Dewees (.235) went 2-for-5 with a double (9), a home run (4), two runs scored and three RBI (19). It’s his second three-RBI game in his last four contests.
  • 3B Andrew Ely (.400) went 2-for-4 with an RBI (1), his third straight multi-hit game.

Mesa Cubs (2-2)
Arizona Rookie League
T-First Place

The Mesa Cubs claimed a 4-2 victory over the AZL Angels.

  • DH Varonex Cuevas (.360) went 3-for-3 with a walk, a run scored and two stolen bases (3). It’s his first three-hit game of the season.
  • RF Robert Garcia (.358) went 1-for-3 with a walk.
  • RHP Trey McNutt collected his second win, allowing just one hit in 1.0 inning of relief.

Cubs Lineup: 7/30/15

Cubs vs. Brewers — Miller Park
First Pitch: 7:10 CST
Cubs Starter: Jake Arrieta, RHP
Brewers Starter: Jimmy Nelson, RHP
TV: CSN Chicago; Radio: WBBM 780 AM

1. Dexter Fowler, CF
2. Kyle Schwarber, LF
3. Chris Coghlan, 3B
4. Anthony Rizzo, 1B
5. Jorge Soler, RF
6. Starlin Castro, SS
7. David Ross, C
8. Jake Arrieta, P
9. Addison Russell, 2B

Cubs Minor League Recap: 7/29/15

Tennessee and Myrtle Beach jumped out to early leads and secured victories, while Eugene claimed a one-run win Wednesday. Iowa, South Bend and Mesa were all handed losses. Here are some notes from yesterday’s minor league action:

Iowa Cubs (54-50)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
Third Place (-8.5)

Iowa surrendered four runs in the bottom of the eighth, falling on the road at Nashville, 6-4.

  • RF Rubi Silva (.283) went 2-for-4 with a double (12), a home run (11), two runs scored and one RBI (42). He has hit safely in eight of the last nine games.
  • 1B Junior Lake (.319) reached twice, going 1-for-4 with a walk and an RBI (31).
  • RHP Felipe Paulino struck out a career-high 12 batters in six innings of work for the no-decision. He’s the first I-Cub since Esmailin Caridad on Aug. 5, 2009, to strike out at least 12 batters.

Tennessee Smokies (14-17)
Southern League (Double-A)
Third Place (-8.0)

Tennessee plated four runs in the second inning and cruised to a 5-2 victory over Montgomery.

  • SS Elliot Soto (.276) went 2-for-4 with a walk. He is batting .309 (29-for-94) in 26 July games.
  • RF Billy McKinney (.280) went 2-for-5 with a double (21), a run scored and an RBI (28).
  • 2B Tommy La Stella (.250) went 1-for-2 with two runs scored in a rehab outing with Tennessee.
  • CF Albert Almora reached base four times, going 1-for-2 with a season-high three walks and two steals (6).
  • RHP Pierce Johnson pitched 7.0 innings, giving up one earned run and striking out seven. He has allowed one run or fewer in eight of his nine starts with the Smokies.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans (19-15)
Carolina League (High-A)
Second Place (-2.5)

The Pelicans jumped out to a 5-0 lead and held on for an 8-5 win over visiting Potomac.

  • CF Trey Martin (.242) went 2-for-3 with a three-run homer, two runs scored, a walk and a stolen base (12). He is 4-for-6 with four RBI in his last two games.
  • 1B Cael Brockmeyer (.194) went 2-for-3 with two walks and two runs scored.
  • C Victor Caratini (.243) and DH Daniel Lockhart (.230) each had multi-hit games.
  • RHP Daury Torrez (3.92) tossed his ninth quality start of the season.

South Bend Cubs (16-17)
Midwest League (Low-A)
T-Fifth Place (-3.0)

South Bend mustered just four hits in a 5-0 shutout loss at Great Lakes.

  • SS Gleyber Torres (.313) reached twice, going 1-for-3 with a walk.
  • 1B Yasiel Balaguert (.275) went 1-for-4 with a double (18) for the team’s only extra base hit.

Eugene Emeralds (2-1)
Northwest League (Short-Season A)
T-First Place (–)

Eugene collected 11 hits in a 4-3 win over host Spokane.

  • LF Ricardo Marcano (.244) collected a season-high three hits, going 3-for-3 with a run scored, two RBI (7) and a stolen base (2).
  • SS Andrew Ely (.364) went 2-for-4 for his second straight multi-hit game.
  • RHP Greyfer Eregua (2.05) tossed 3.0 scoreless innings to collect the save.
  • RHP Preston Morrison (1.17) and LHP Kyle Twomey (3.00) each pitched 2.0 scoreless innings.

Mesa Cubs (1-2)
Arizona Rookie League
Third Place (-1.0)

The Mesa Cubs dropped a 5-1 decision to the AZL D-Backs.

  • SS Andruw Monasterio (.224) went 1-for-3 with a walk.
  • LHP Eric Jokisch made his first appearance with the Mesa Cubs, allowing no earned runs (three unearned) in 2.1 innings.
  • LHP Ariel Ovando (0.79) tossed 2.1 scoreless frames, and RHP Scott Effross (1.80) added 2.0 hitless innings.

Cubs Minor League Recap: 7/28/15

Iowa and Tennessee posted shutout wins, Myrtle Beach held on for a victory, and Mesa took both games of a doubleheader Tuesday. Here are some notes from yesterday’s minor league action:

Iowa Cubs (54-49)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
Third Place (-8.5)

Iowa scored seven runs in the second inning and rolled to a 9-0 win over Nashville.

  • SS Javier Baez (.317), playing in his first game with Iowa since June 7, went 2-for-5 with two solo home runs (10). It marked his third two-homer game of the season.
  • LF Junior Lake (.321) went 2-for-5 with a two-run homer, his seventh of the season.
  • 1B Mike Olt (.290) went 2-for-5 with a double and two runs scored, extending his hitting streak to nine games (15-for-34/.441).
  • LHP Clayton Richard (0.00) tossed 7.0 scoreless frames and earned the win in his first outing with Iowa. He struck out four batters while walking none and scattering just three hits.

Tennessee Smokies (13-17)
Southern League (Double-A)
Third Place (-8.0)

Tennessee cruised past Montgomery with two four-run innings, blanking the Biscuits, 8-0.

  • DH Willson Contreras (.317) went 3-for-5, blasted a grand slam in the sixth inning (6), knocked a double (24) and scored twice. His four RBI marked a season high.
  • CF Albert Almora (.242) went 2-for-5 with a two-run homer in the third inning (5) and two runs scored. He has recorded a hit in his last four outings, picking up two home runs and five RBI in that stretch.
  • 3B Jeimer Candelario (.276) went 2-for-5 and plated one (4), marking his second straight multi-hit game with Tennessee.
  • RF Billy McKinney (.277) went 2-for-5 and had a double (20).
  • C Tyler Pearson (.150) went 2-for-5 with a double (2). It was his first multi-hit game of the season.
  • RHP Ivan Pineyro (3.69) earned his second straight win and quality start, tossing 7.0 shutout frames.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans (18-15)
Carolina League (High-A)
Second Place (-2.0)

The Pelicans allowed three runs in the ninth, but held on for a 4-3 victory over Potomac.

  • 3B Jason Vosler (.313) hit two home runs (3), going 2-for-3 with a walk and three RBI (7). He has homered in back-to-back games.
  • DH Kevin Brown (.266) went 2-for-4 with two runs scored.
  • CF Trey Martin (.237) went 2-for-3 with a double (12) and an RBI (22).
  • RHP Jonathan Martinez allowed just three hits and walked none in a season high 8.0 scoreless frames to collect his seventh win.

South Bend Cubs (16-16)
Midwest League (Low-A)
T-Fifth Place (-2.5)

South Bend could not come back from an early three-run deficit, falling 4-1 at Great Lakes.

  • RF Jeffrey Baez (.238) hit his sixth home run, a solo shot in the fourth inning.
  • CF Rashad Crawford (.287) went 2-for-3 with a stolen base (15). He has recorded a hit in nine of his last 10 outings.
  • 3B Jesse Hodges (.249) went 2-for-3.
  • RHP Erick Leal (4.52) tossed his fourth consecutive quality start, but took the loss after surrendering three runs in the first inning.

Eugene Emeralds (1-1)
Northwest League (Short-Season A)
T-First Place (–)

Eugene fell to Boise in the series finale, 5-1. The Emeralds dropped the series, 2-1.

  • LF Alex Bautista (.333) went 1-for-2 and crushed a solo home run in the ninth inning (2). He has two homers and three RBI in just three games with Eugene.
  • 2B-3B Andrew Ely (.286) went 2-for-4 in his second game with the Emeralds.
  • LHP Jose Paulino (4.73) tossed his first quality start of the season, but took the loss.

Mesa Cubs (1-1)
Arizona Rookie League
T-Second Place (-1.0)

The Mesa Cubs swept a doubleheader at the AZL D-backs, topping the D-backs 12-1 in the first
game and 8-4 in Game 2.

  • LF-1B P.J. Higgins (.600) went 3-for-5, crushed a homer (1) and a double, plated two and scored twice in
    the completion of the July 5 game.
  • LF-1B Jose Paniagua (.302) went 3-for-5 with two doubles (4), a triple (2), two RBI (5) and a walk in the
    the completion of the July 5 game. He crushed a three-run homer (3) in the second game.
  • 3B Angel Amendolare (.300) went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI (5) in the second game.

Cubs promote RHP Medina, RHP Rowen; place RHP Ramirez on DL, option RHP Beeler to Iowa

The Cubs placed right-handed pitcher Neil Ramirez on the 15-day disabled list with left abdominal soreness and optioned right-handed pitcher Dallas Beeler to Triple-A Iowa on Wednesday. The club recalled right-handed pitcher Yoervis Medina and selected the contract of right-handed pitcher Ben Rowen from Iowa. To make room for Rowen on the 40-man roster, infielder/outfielder Mike Baxter has been designated for assignment.

Both Medina and Rowen, who will wear uniform No. 51, will be available for the Cubs this afternoon in their series finale against the Rockies at Wrigley Field.

Medina, 27, returns to the Cubs after being optioned to Iowa yesterday. He has no record and a 7.00 ERA (7 ER/9.0 IP) in five relief appearances with the Cubs this season and is 0-2 with one save and an 8.68 ERA (18 ER/18.2 IP) in 16 relief outings with Iowa this year. Medina has posted a 3.08 ERA in 146 career relief appearances between the Mariners (2013-15) and Cubs (2015), turning in a 10-9 record with 43 holds and two saves.

The 6-foot-3, 245-pound right-hander, who was acquired from the Mariners for catcher Welington Castillo on May 19, broke into the big leagues with the Mariners in 2013 and went 4-6 with one save and a 2.91 ERA in 63 relief appearances while ranking second among all American League rookies with 19 holds. Last season, he went 5-3 with 21 holds and a 2.68 ERA in 66 relief outings while ranking 12th in the league in holds.

Rowen, 26, joins the Cubs after combining to go 4-0 with one save and a 1.93 ERA (10 ER/46.2 IP) in 34 relief outings for three affiliates between the Orioles and Cubs organizations. He went to Spring Training as a non-roster invitee with the Dodgers before being acquired by Baltimore as part of a four-player deal on April 9. He went 2-0 with one save and a 2.28 ERA (7 ER/27.2 IP) in 20 appearances for Double-A Bowie and posted no record and a 2.79 ERA (3 ER/9.2 IP) in six outings for Triple-A Norfolk before being released and signing a minor league deal with the Cubs on July 4. He has gone 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA (9.1 IP) in eight appearances with Iowa.

Rowen was originally selected by Texas in the 22nd round of the 2010 Draft and made his big league debut with the Rangers last season, posting no record and a 4.15 ERA in eight relief outings. He spent the majority of the 2014 campaign with Triple-A Round Rock, going 3-0 with five saves and a 3.45 ERA.

Overall, Rowen has gone 25-5 with 41 saves and a 1.75 ERA in 211 minor league relief appearances covering the last six seasons. Rowen was a Carolina League All-Star in 2012 and the Rangers organization’s relief pitcher of the year after recording a league-leading 19 saves with Single-A Myrtle Beach. He also earned Texas League All-Star honors in 2013. He has allowed only seven homers and posted a 1.00 WHIP in 308.2 minor league innings.

Ramirez, 26, is 1-0 with a 3.12 ERA (3 ER/8.2 IP) in 13 appearances with the Cubs this season. This marks his second stint on the disabled list, as he was sidelined with right shoulder inflammation from April 17-June 28.

Beeler, 26, is 0-1 with a 9.72 ERA (9 ER/8.1 IP) in three starts with the Cubs this season.

Baxter, 30, has batted .246 (14-for-57) with one double and two RBI in 34 games with the Cubs this season.

Cubs Lineup: 7/29/15

Cubs vs. Rockies — Wrigley Field
First Pitch: 1:20 CST
Cubs Starter: Jon Lester, LHP
Rockies Starter, Eddie Butler, RHP
TV: WGN-TV; Radio: WBBM 780 AM

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

Cubs Lineup: 7/28/15

Cubs vs. Rockies — Wrigley Field
First Pitch: 7:05 CST
Cubs Starter: Dallas Beeler, RHP
Reds Starter, Yohan Flande, LHP
TV: CSN+; Radio: WBBM 780 AM

1. Dexter Fowler, CF
2. Kyle Schwarber, C
3. Kris Bryant, 3B
4. Anthony Rizzo, 1B
5. Jorge Soler, RF
6. Chris Denorfia, LF
7. Starlin Castro, SS
8. Dallas Beeler, P
9. Addison Russell, 2B

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