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Cubs Lineup: 6/14/16 vs. Nationals

Cubs vs. Nationals — Nationals Park
First Pitch: 6:05 CST
Cubs Starter: John Lackey, rhp (7-2, 2.63 ERA)
Nationals Starter: Gio Gonzalez, lhp (3-5, 3.93 ERA)
TV: ABC-7 Chicago, MLB Network; 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. Javy Baez, 3b
7. Addison Russell, ss
8. David Ross, c
9. John Lackey, p

Cubs extend deal with Single-A Eugene

The Cubs have agreed with the Eugene Emeralds on a two-year Player Development Contract extension through the 2018 season. The current agreement runs through the 2016 campaign.

“From first-class facilities to a dedicated front office staff, the Eugene ballclub has proved to be an outstanding partner for the Cubs organization, and we are pleased to extend this agreement,” said Jason McLeod, the Cubs Senior Vice President, Scouting and Player Development.  “We thank Allan Benavides and the entire Emeralds front office for providing a positive experience for our players who have come through Eugene.”

“The Eugene Emeralds are thrilled to see our PDC extended through 2018,” said Emeralds General Manager Allan Benavides. “The Cubs continue to be strong contenders at every level of professional baseball, and we are honored to have Eugene be the launching point for a new generation of Cubs players. The support and camaraderie we’ve received from Jason McLeod, Jaron Madison and the Cubs Front Office has been top notch. It’s a privilege to be a member of the Cubs Family and we are very excited for the future.”

The affiliation between Eugene and Chicago began in 2015. Eugene was previously a Cubs affiliate in the 1999-2000 seasons.

Cubs Minor League Report: 6/13/16

South Bend picked up a convincing victory, but neither Tennessee nor Myrtle Beach could secure wins Monday. Iowa’s game was rained out, with a doubleheader scheduled tonight. Here are some highlights from yesterday’s minor league Cubs action.

Tennessee Smokies (27-37)
Southern League (Double-A)
T-Fourth Place (-14.0)

The Smokies dropped their fourth game in their last five contests, falling 4-2 vs. Chattanooga.

  • CF Jacob Hannemann (.241) went 2 for 4 with a two-run homer (7), a double (12) and a steal (22).
  • LF Bijan Rademacher (.275) reached twice, going 1 for 3 with a double (6), run scored and walk.
  • RHP James Farris (1 IP) has yet to allow a run in three appearances (4 IP) with Tennessee.
  • RHP Tyler Skulina (3.67 ERA) tossed his fifth quality start of the season, striking out six in six innings, surrendering three earned runs. He has posted a 2.74 ERA (7 ER/23 IP) in his last four starts.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans (33-30)
Carolina League (High-A)
Second Place (-7.5)

The Pelicans allowed runs in each of the first four innings and dropped a 7-3 decision vs. Frederick.

  • C Gioskar Amaya (.265) homered for the third straight game, going 1 for 2 with a solo blast (5) and two walks.
  • DH Charcer Burks (.214) went 2 for 4 with a solo homer (5) in the seventh inning.
  • 2B Andrew Ely (.250) added a multi-hit game, going 2 for 4.
  • RHP James Pugliese (4 IP, 1 BB, 2 SO) did not allow a hit in four scoreless innings of relief.

South Bend Cubs (38-25)
Midwest League (Single-A)
First Place (+0.5)

South Bend collected 13 hits in a 6-1 victory over host Dayton.

  • RF Eddy Martinez (.242) went a perfect 4 for 4 with a run scored and an RBI (32). It’s his first four-hit game of the season.
  • DH Ian Rice (.327) was 3 for 5 with a solo homer (6).
  • 1B P.J. Higgins (.281) and SS Josh Silver (.286) each collected two-hit games.
  • RHP Kyle Miller (1.36) pitched a season-high six innings in his second start of the season. He gave up no earned runs on four hits, striking out three and walking just one.
  • LHP Kyle Twomey (3.0 IP, 3 H, 6 SO) earned his first save of the season, tossing three innings of relief.

Cubs Minor League Report: 6/12/16

The Smokies edged out a win, but the other affiliates weren’t able to secure victories Sunday. Here are some highlights from yesterday’s minor-league Cubs action.

Iowa Cubs (29-31)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
Second Place (-1.5)

The I-Cubs were swept by Round Rock as they dropped the final game of the four-game set, 10-7.

  • 1B Dan Vogelbach (.313) registered a three-hit game for the fourth time this season, going 3 for 4 with a homer (10), two RBI (42), two runs scored and a walk.
  • CF John Andreoli (.212) slugged his third lead-off homer of the season (7). He went 2 for 3 with a pair of runs scored and two walks.
  • DH Willson Contreras (.351) extended his PCL-best hitting streak to 18 games with a triple (3), an RBI and a walk.
  • RF Mark Zagunis (.294) went 2 for 4 with a run scored and a walk.
  • RHP Dallas Beeler (1 IP) pitched a clean frame in his third rehab appearance.

Tennessee Smokies (27-36)
Southern League (Double-A)
Fourth Place (-13.5)

The Smokies snapped their three-game losing streak, topping Chattanooga, 5-4.

  • 1B Victor Caratini (.303) was 3 for 4 with a triple (1), an RBI (19) and a pair of runs scored.
  • 3B David Bote (.500) was 2 for 4 with an RBI (1) and a run scored in his first game with Tennessee.
  • 2B Daniel Lockhart (.385) went 2 for 4 with a double (3). LF Kelly Dugan (.215) and RF Jacob Hannemann (.237) also hit doubles.
  • RHP Paul Blackburn (2.53) gave up three earned runs in seven innings, fanning six and walking just one. He has walked one or fewer batters in eight of his 13 starts this season.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans (33-29)
Carolina League (High-A)
Second Place (-6.5)

Despite a pair of Gioskar Amaya homers, the Pelicans lost to Lynchburg, 3-2.

  • C Gioskar Amaya (.261) registered his first-career multi-homer game with a pair of solo shots (2). He has three homers in his last two games.
  • 2B Ian Happ (.270) went 1 for 4, and LF Charcer Burks (.207) was 1 for 3.
  • Trevor Clifton (2.21 ERA) gave up two earned runs in five innings, striking out six.

South Bend Cubs (37-25)
Midwest League (Single-A)
First Place (+0.5)

The SB-Cubs were limited to only two hits and suffered a 6-0 setback at Bowling Green.

  • C P.J. Higgins (.277) snapped Michael Velasquez’ perfect-game bid with a single in the seventh inning, finishing 2 for 4.
  • RHP Scott Effross (2 IP, 4 H, 1 ER) snapped his consecutive scoreless innings streak at 18.1 IP. He had not allowed a run since April 28.

Cubs Lineup: 6/13/16 vs. Nationals

Cubs vs. Nationals — Nationals Park
First Pitch: 6:05 CST
Cubs Starter: Kyle Hendricks, rhp (4-5, 2.90)
Nationals Starter: Max Scherzer, rhp (7-4, 3.57 ERA)
TV: CSN, ESPN (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. Chris Coghlan, lf
7. Miguel Montero, c
8. Addison Russell, ss
9. Kyle Hendricks, p

Cubs add OF Coghlan to 25-man roster, place IF La Stella on 15-day DL

The Chicago Cubs today added outfielder Chris Coghlan to the 25-man roster and placed infielder Tommy La Stella on the 15-day disabled list (retroactive to June 8) with a right hamstring strain.

Coghlan, who will wear uniform No. 8, will be available for the Cubs tonight as they begin their three-game series in Atlanta.

The 30-year-old Coghlan was acquired yesterday from Oakland for infielder Arismendy Alcantara. He rejoins the Cubs 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 with the team. 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.

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.

La Stella, 27, is batting .291 (23-for-79) with eight doubles, two home runs and seven RBI in 38 games for the Cubs this season.

Cubs Minor League Report: 6/9/16

Only South Bend was able to pick up a win, with the other three affiliates dropping their games. Here are some highlights from yesterday’s minor-league Cubs action.

Iowa Cubs (29-28)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
Second Place (-0.5)

Despite outhitting their competition, the I-Cubs fell to Round Rock, 8-5.

  • 1B Kristopher Negron (.261) led the squad with three RBI (22). He went 2 for 4 with a double (8) and a triple (4). It’s his first game at first base this season.
  • 3B Jeimer Candelario (.500) made his Iowa debut, going 2 for 4 with a pair of doubles (2) and two runs scored.
  • CF Juan Perez (.267) had a multi-hit game, going 2 for 4 with an RBI (24).
  • RHP Dallas Beeler (1 IP, 1 SO) made his second rehab appearance, tossing a scoreless inning.

Tennessee Smokies (26-34)
Southern League (Double-A)
T-Fourth Place (-13.0)

The Smokies did not allow a run until the 11th frame but fell to Mississippi, 3-0.

  • C Victor Caratini (.305) was 3 for 5 and has a hit in 13 of his last 14 games. He is 19 for 51 (.373) over the stretch.
  • RF Billy McKinney (.246) went 1 for 4 with a double (7) and a walk.
  • Jen-Ho Tseng (4.07 ERA) allowed only two hits over five innings in his return from the disabled list.
  • RHP James Farris (2 IP, 1 H, 3 SO) punched out three in his first appearance after being transferred from Myrtle Beach.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans (32-27)
Carolina League (High-A)
Second Place (-6.5)

The Pelicans committed three errors and could only notch five hits en route to a 9-3 loss to Lynchburg.

  • SS Gleyber Torres (.265) was 1 for 3 with a two-run, two-out homer (7) in the eighth inning.
  • C Gioskar Amaya (.239) reached base three times, finishing 1 for 2 with a double (6) and two walks.
  • RF Jeffrey Baez (.235) connected for a double (6), going 1 for 4 with a run.
  • Jake Stinnett (4.24) has only allowed three walks over his last three starts (17.2 IP) after allowing 12 free passes in the three starts preceding that stretch.

South Bend Cubs (36-23)
Midwest League (Single-A)
First Place (+0.5)

The SB-Cubs scored three runs in the eighth inning to edge Dayton, 5-2.

  • RF Eddy Martinez (.217) finished 2 for 4 with a pair of doubles (10) and a pair of RBI (31).
  • LF Eloy Jimenez (.321) was 2 for 4 with a double (17), an RBI (37) and two runs scored.
  • CF Donnie Dewees (.281) went 2 for 3 with a triple (11), two runs scored, a walk and a pair of stolen bases (14).
  • RHP Scott Effross (2 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 2 SO) earned the win and extended his scoreless innings streak to 17.1 innings.

Cubs Lineup: 6/10/16 vs. Braves

Cubs vs. Braves — Turner Field
First Pitch: 6:35 CST
Cubs Starter: Jason Hammel, rhp (7-1, 2.14)
Braves Starter: Bud Norris, rhp (1-7, 5.28 ERA)
TV: CSN; 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. Javy Baez, 3b
7. Miguel Montero, c
8. Addison Russell, ss
9. Jason Hammel, p

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.

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