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Cubs Lineup: 9/12/16 vs. Cardinals

Cubs vs. Cardinals — Busch Stadium
First Pitch: 7:15 CST
Cubs Starter: Kyle Hendricks, rhp (14-7, 2.07 ERA)
Cardinals Starter: Mike Leake, rhp (9-9, 4.61 ERA)
TV: CSN-Chicago, MLB Network (out-of-market only); Radio: 670 The Score

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

Cubs Lineup: 9/7/16 vs. Brewers

Cubs vs. Brewers — Miller Park
First Pitch: 7:10 CST
Cubs Starter: Mike Montgomery, lhp (4-5, 2.80 ERA)
Brewers Starter: Matt Garza, rhp (5-6, 4.57 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. Chris Coghlan, lf
7. Jason Heyward, rf
8. Willson Contreras, c
9. Mike Montgomery, p

Cubs announce online registration details for postseason tickets

The Cubs have announced details for fans seeking the opportunity to purchase single-game tickets to potential postseason games at Wrigley Field. Beginning today at 9 a.m. until Sept. 21 at noon, fans can register for a random drawing to win a chance to purchase single-game postseason tickets for a potential Wild Card Game and National League Division Series.* Registration will remain open throughout the postseason at cubs.com/postseason, with cut-off times for drawings to additional potential series to be announced as the postseason unfolds.

Fans who register for the online ticket opportunity will be notified via email if they have been selected for a chance to purchase before single-game tickets go on sale. Those who are randomly selected from all eligible registrants will have a one-time chance to purchase a maximum of four tickets to a potential Wild Card Game or Division Series Game at Wrigley Field, pending availability. Tickets will be available for purchase on a first-come, first-served basis. Being selected in a drawing does not guarantee the opportunity to purchase tickets to a postseason game.

“With so much excitement surrounding this year’s team, demand will certainly exceed the limited number of tickets we have available for postseason play at Wrigley Field,” said Cubs Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing Colin Faulkner. “Like last year, we once again wanted to provide a fair process to give access to these tickets. Nearly 1.2 million people registered for the purchase opportunity last year, so we encourage fans to register early and purchase quickly if their name is selected.”

The number of potential postseason tickets that may become available to Cubs fans is limited as a result of ticket allocations to Cubs Season Ticket Holders and other partners. To provide a purchase opportunity to as many fans as possible, all registered fans who are not selected for early postseason contests will remain eligible for selection if the Cubs advance to subsequent rounds. Fans may only purchase tickets once during the postseason.

The postseason single-game ticket on-sale date and pricing will be announced following the Sept. 21 registration deadline for Wild Card Game and National League Division Series tickets. Single-game ticket buyers are encouraged to pay with MasterCard, the preferred credit card of the Chicago Cubs. Fans may visit cubs.com/postseason for more information about potential single-game postseason ticket sales or call the Chicago Cubs Fan Services team at 773-388-8270 with any questions.

*Registration is open to legal residents of the 50 United States who are 18 years of age or older at the time of entry. Void where prohibited; additional exclusions apply. Registrations from the 2015 Postseason Ticket Purchase Opportunity do not carry over to the 2016 Postseason Ticket Purchase Opportunity. Full terms and conditions are available at cubs.com/postseason.

Cubs Lineup: 9/6/16 vs. Brewers

Cubs vs. Brewers — Miller Park
First Pitch: 7:10 CST
Cubs Starter: Jason Hammel, rhp (14-7, 3.14 ERA)
Brewers Starter: Wily Peralta, rhp (5-9, 5.53 ERA)
TV: CSN+; Radio: 670 The Score

1. Dexter Fowler, cf
2. Ben Zobrist, 2b
3. Anthony Rizzo, 1b
4. Jorge Soler, lf
5. Tommy La Stella, 3b
6. Jason Heyward, rf
7. Miguel Montero, c
8. Javy Baez, ss
9. Jason Hammel, p

Cubs Lineup: 9/2/16 vs. Giants

Cubs vs. Giants — Wrigley Field
First Pitch: 1:20 CST
Cubs Starter: Jon Lester, lhp (14-4, 2.70 ERA)
Giants Starter: Albert Suarez, rhp (3-2, 4.35 ERA)
TV: WGN; Radio: 670 The Score

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

Cubs select contract of RHP Buchanan; activate OF Coghlan, RHP Smith from 15-day DL

Coghlan(Photo by Stephen Green)

The Cubs today activated outfielder Chris Coghlan from the 15-day disabled list, activated right-handed pitcher Joe Smith from the 15-day disabled list and selected the contract of right-handed pitcher Jake Buchanan from Triple-A Iowa. Chicago’s 40-man roster now stands at 40 players.

All three players will be available for the Cubs Thursday when they begin their four-game series against the San Francisco Giants at Wrigley Field. Buchanan will wear uniform No. 43.

Coghlan, 31, has combined to hit .165 (35-for-212) with five home runs and 19 RBI in 78 games this season between Oakland and Chicago. He was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Aug. 17 with a right rib contusion. Coghlan saw action in five rehab games as part of his return, batting .471 (8-for-17) with three doubles and a 1.118 OPS with Iowa.

Coghlan rejoined the Cubs through a trade with Oakland on June 9 after spending the 2014 and 2015 campaigns with the club, batting .265 (219-for-825) with 53 doubles, 11 triples and 25 homers in 273 games. Last season, Coghlan 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.

Smith, 32, was acquired by the Cubs from the Angels on Aug. 1 and is 1-4 with six holds, six saves and a 4.14 ERA (19 ER/41.1 IP) in 44 relief appearances between the clubs this season. He was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Aug. 17 with a left hamstring strain. He made two rehab outings with Iowa this week, tossing a pair of scoreless innings.

In his career, Smith is 40-27 with a 2.97 ERA (185 ER/560 IP) in 629 major-league relief appearances covering the last 10 seasons. He has limited foes to a .228 batting average and .308 on-base percentage while allowing only 0.64 home runs per nine innings, contributing to a .331 career slugging percentage against. He has limited right-handed hitters to a .216 career batting average against.

Buchanan, 26, went 12-8 with a 4.34 ERA (68 ER/141 IP) in 24 appearances (22 starts) with Iowa this season. He had a strong finish to his Triple-A campaign, going 2-1 with a 1.35 ERA (3 ER/20 IP) in his final three starts. Buchanan was in spring training with the Houston Astros but was released on March 31. He signed a minor-league deal with the Cubs in early April and joined Iowa on April 18.

The right-hander has pitched parts of the last two seasons in the big leagues with the Astros, going 1-3 with a 4.06 ERA (20 ER/44.1 IP) in 22 appearances (20 in relief and two as a starter). He was originally selected by Houston in the eighth round of the 2010 draft out of North Carolina State University.

Cubs Lineup: 9/1/16 vs. Giants

Cubs vs. Giants — Wrigley Field
First Pitch: 7:05 CST
Cubs Starter: Mike Montgomery, lhp (4-5, 2.60 ERA)
Giants Starter: Jeff Samardzija, rhp (11-9, 4.00 ERA)
TV: CSN+, MLB Network; 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. David Ross, c
9. Mike Montgomery, p

Cubs recall IF La Stella, option RHP Patton

LaStella(Photo by Stephen Green)

The Cubs today recalled infielder Tommy La Stella from Triple-A Iowa. Right-handed pitcher Spencer Patton has been optioned to Triple-A. La Stella is in the starting lineup tonight for the Cubs as they conclude their three-game series against the Pirates at Wrigley Field.

The 27-year-old La Stella is batting .295 (31-for-105) with nine doubles, one triple, two home runs and eight RBI in 51 games for the Cubs this season. He has a .388 on-base percentage and a .457 slugging percentage, good for an .845 OPS. La Stella was optioned to the minors on July 28 and combined to bat .296 (8-for-27) with two doubles, two walks and four runs scored between Double-A Tennessee (two games) and Iowa (six games).

La Stella was acquired from Atlanta on Nov. 16, 2014, and has batted .285 (49-for-172) with 15 doubles, three home runs and 19 RBI in 84 games covering the last two years with Chicago.

Patton, 28, is 1-1 with a 4.67 ERA (9 ER/17.1 IP) in 12 relief appearances with the Cubs this season. He is 1-0 with 11 saves and a 0.77 ERA (3 ER/35.0 IP) in 34 relief outings with Iowa this year.

Cubs Lineup: 8/31/16 vs. Pirates

Cubs vs. Pirates — Wrigley Field
First Pitch: 7:05 CST
Cubs Starter: Jason Hammel, rhp (13-7, 3.21 ERA)
Pirates Starter: Ryan Vogelsong, rhp (3-3, 3.02 ERA)
TV: CSN-Chicago, ESPN (out-of-market only); Radio: 670 The Score

1. Dexter Fowler, cf
2. Kris Bryant, 3b
3. Anthony Rizzo, 1b
4. Jorge Soler, lf
5. Jason Heyward, rf
6. Addison Russell, ss
7. Tommy La Stella, 2b
8. Willson Contreras, c
9. Jason Hammel, p

Cubs Minor League Report: 8/28/16

Tennessee was bolstered by a big inning, Myrtle Beach held on for the win, and Eugene picked up the victory in a one-run game Sunday. Here are some highlights from yesterday’s minor-league Cubs action.

Iowa Cubs (62-73)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
Third Place (-13.5)

Iowa collected just five hits in a 7-2 setback at home vs. Omaha.

  • C Tim Federowicz (.290) went 1-for-4 with a double (10), a run scored and an RBI (37).
  • 3B Jeimer Candelario (.322) finished 1-for-4 with a run scored. He is batting .354 (34-for-96) with 14 runs scored in 25 August games.
  • LHP Giovanni Soto (2 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 4 SO), RHP Corey Black (2 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 1 SO) and LHP Joe Thatcher (1 IP, 2 SO) combined for five scoreless innings of relief.

Tennessee Smokies (27-34)
Southern League (Double-A)
Fourth Place (-9.5)

The Smokies scored eight runs in the fifth inning to move past Birmingham, 11-5.

  • RF Lane Adams (.325) continued his hot stretch, going 3-for-3 with a walk, a hit-by-pitch, a run scored, four RBI (19) and two stolen bases (9). He has hit safely in 11 straight games (.429/18-for-42), with 16 RBI during that span.
  • SS Carlos Penalver (.210) reached four times, going 1-for-2 with a double (20), a season-high three walks and two runs scored.
  • C Gioskar Amaya (.162) tripled (1) and added two walks, two runs scored and two RBI (8).
  • RHP Jen-Ho Tseng (3.90 ERA) struck out four in six innings, surrendering two earned runs.
  • Tennessee drew 13 walks in the contest, while collecting just seven hits.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans (41-21)
Carolina League (High-A)
First Place (+1.5)

Myrtle Beach took an 8-2 lead and held on for an 8-7 victory over host Wilmington. The Pelicans have won seven straight and improved to 21-4 in August, tying a franchise record for wins in a month.

  • C Erick Castillo (.199) went 3-for-5 with a run scored, his first three-hit game of the season.
  • RF Jeffrey Baez (.246) was 2-for-4 with a double (15), a walk, a run scored and a stolen base (37).
  • CF Donnie Dewees (.289) went 2-for-4 with a double (8), a run scored and an RBI (17). He extended his hitting streak to four games (.375/6-for-16).
  • 1B Yasiel Balaguert (.256) and DH Ian Rice (.254) each finished 2-for-5 with a run scored and an RBI.
  • RHP Daniel Lewis (3 IP, 2 H, 3 SO) extended his scoreless innings streak to 14.2 innings. He improved to 5-0 with a 2.93 ERA (9 ER/27.2 IP) in 18 games with Myrtle Beach.

South Bend Cubs (38-25)
Midwest League (Single-A)
Second Place (-4.0)

South Bend was limited to three singles in a 2-0 shutout loss vs. Great Lakes.

  • DH P.J Higgins (.273) reached four times, singling in his only official at-bat and drawing three walks.
  • RHP Greyfer Eregua (3.1 IP, 2 H, 1 SO) made his 10th relief outing of at least three innings.
  • RHP Jared Cheek (2 IP, 1 H, 2 SO) limited Great Lakes to just one hit in two scoreless innings.

Eugene Emeralds (21-9)
Northwest League (Short-Season A)
First Place (+1.0)

Eugene held off a late Salem-Keizer rally to prevail, 6-5.

  • RF Jose Gonzalez (.200) went 2-for-3 with two doubles (3), a walk and two runs scored.
  • RHP Erling Moreno (0.72 ERA) gave up one earned run in five innings, striking out six.
  • CF D.J. Wilson (.266) and SS Yeiler Peguero (.255) each finished 2-for-5 with an extra-base hit and an RBI.
  • 2B Trent Giambrone (.307) was 2-for-4 with a walk, a run scored, an RBI (21) and a stolen base (5).
  • LF Kevonte Mitchell (.239) hit a solo homer (5) in the seventh inning, and C Tyler Payne (.246) connected on a two-run shot (3) in the eighth inning.

Mesa Cubs (12-15)
Arizona Rookie League
Fifth Place (-4.0)

Mesa out-hit the AZL Athletics, 10-7, but lost the game, 5-3.

  • 3B Jhonny Bethencourt (.232) was 2-for-4 with a run scored, an RBI (13) and two steals (7).
  • RF Kwang-Min Kwon (.280) reached three times, going 2-for-3 with a double (2), a walk and a run scored. He has hit safely in five of his last six games.
  • LF Yohan Matos (.238) and CF Tolly Filotei (.167) each added multi-hit games.