Cubs Lineup: 9/9/15

Cubs vs. Cardinals — Busch Stadium
First Pitch: 12:45 CST
Cubs Starter: Jon Lester, LHP (9-10, 3.59 ERA)
Cardinals Starter: Carlos Martinez, RHP (13-7, 3.04 ERA)
TV: CSN Chicago, MLB Network; Radio: WBBM 780 AM

1. Dexter Fowler, CF
2. Kyle Schwarber, LF
3. Chris Coghlan, RF
4. Anthony Rizzo, 1B
5. Tommy La Stella, 2B
6. Javier Baez, 3B
7. David Ross, C
8. Jon Lester, P
9. Addison Russell, SS

Cubs Lineup: 9/8/15

Cubs vs. Cardinals — Busch Stadium
First Pitch: 7:15 CST
Cubs Starter: Jason Hammel, RHP (7-6, 3.55 ERA)
Cardinals Starter: Michael Wacha, RHP (15-4, 2.69 ERA)
TV: CSN Chicago, MLB Network; Radio: WBBM 780 AM

1. Austin Jackson, CF
2. Starlin Castro, 2B
3. Chris Coghlan, LF
4. Anthony Rizzo, 1B
5. Kris Bryant, RF
6. Miguel Montero, C
7. Javier Baez, 3B
8. Jason Hammel, P
9. Addison Russell, SS

Cubs Minor League Recap: 9/7/15

South Bend closed out its campaign with a win, and Tennessee salvaged a doubleheader split to end the year. Both Iowa and Myrtle Beach finished the regular season on a losing note. Here are some highlights from yesterday’s Cubs minor league action:

Iowa Cubs (80-64)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
T-Second (-6.0)

Iowa allowed seven runs in the final two innings, falling 7-4 in the season finale at Round Rock. Iowa finished 80-64, the fifth-most wins in Iowa’s Pacific Coast League history.

  • CF John Andreoli (.277) went 2-for-4 with a solo home run and a stolen base (33). It was his second straight multi-hit game. He led the team in stolen bases.
  • DH Mike Baxter (.279) finished 2-for-4 with a triple (3) and a run scored.
  • 3B Christian Villanueva (.259) went 1-for-4 with his team-high 18th home run.

Tennessee Smokies (37-33)
Southern League (Double-A)
Second Place (-6.0)

Tennessee closed out its 2015 season by splitting a doubleheader at Biloxi.

  • C Willson Contreras went 4-for-4 in Game 1 to raise his batting average to .333, clinching the Southern League batting title. Contreras is the first Smokies player to win the batting title since Joe Gate in 1978 and the sixth overall in club history. He finished the season with a six-game hitting streak (.444/12-for-27).
  • RHP Neil Ramirez fanned one batter in 1.0 scoreless inning of relief, collecting the win in Game 1.
  • SS Bryant Flete (.195) and C Tyler Pearson (.150) each tripled in Game 2, the only extra-base hits on the day for Tennessee.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans (40-29)
Carolina League (High-A)
Second Place (-5.5)

Myrtle Beach allowed five runs in the second inning, dropping a 5-4 decision at Wilmington in the regular season finale. The Pelicans will face Winston-Salem in the best-of-three Southern League Division Championship Series beginning Wednesday.

  • CF Pin-Chieh Chen (.268) went 2-for-5 with a home run, two runs scored and two RBI (34).
  • 1B Jacob Rogers (.249) finished 2-for-3 with a walk and an RBI (69).
  • RF Mark Zagunis (.271) reached three times, going 1-for-2 with two walks, one run scored and one RBI (54).
  • LHP Tyler Ihrig (2.86) fanned four batters in 3.0 scoreless innings of relief, allowing just two hits.

South Bend Cubs (36-34)
Midwest League (Low-A)
Third Place (-9.0)

South Bend closed out the 2015 season with a 3-0 shutout victory at Lake County.

  • DH Kevin Encarnacion (.276) went 2-for-4 with an RBI (17).
  • 3B Jesse Hodges (.238) went 2-for-4 with a double (18), a run scored and an RBI (34).
  • RHP Trevor Clifton went 5-1 with a 1.96 ERA (8 ER/36.2 IP) in his final six starts.

Cubs announce tentative 2016 schedule

Major League Baseball and the Cubs announced the tentative 2016 regular season schedule Tuesday. The Cubs will open their 141st season at the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday, April 5, with the Wrigley Field opener taking place the following Monday night, April 11, against the Cincinnati Reds.

The Cubs will begin the 2016 campaign on the road for the 11th time in the last 15 seasons, and for the first time will begin a season in Interleague play. The Cubs open a season in the state of California for the first time since 1984 when they started off in San Francisco. They last opened a season in Los Angeles in 1960 against the Dodgers.

After two games against the Angels, the Cubs conclude their season-opening six-game, two-city road trip to Arizona for four games against the Diamondbacks, April 7-10. The Cubs begin their Wrigley Field slate the next day against the Reds, the start of a season-opening, six-game homestand against the Reds (April 11, 13-14) and the Colorado Rockies (April 15-17).

The 2016 schedule features Interleague play against the AL West and the annual home-and-home series with the White Sox. The pair of two-game series will be July 25-26 (at U.S. Cellular Field) and July 27-28 (at Wrigley Field).

In addition to the White Sox games, the Cubs Interleague schedule includes hosting three AL West opponents: the Rangers (three games, July 15-17), the Mariners (three games, July 29-31) and the Angels (two games, Aug. 9-10). The Cubs travel to the Angels to start the season, play at Oakland (three games, Aug. 5-7) and play at Houston (three games, Sept. 9-11). The season-opening series against the Angels is Chicago’s lone Interleague series prior to the All-Star Break.

The Cubs 2016 tentative schedule features five three-series homestands and five three-city road trips (after only two three-series homestands and two three-city road trips in 2015).

The Cubs are scheduled to host four holiday games in 2015: Mother’s Day, May 8, vs. Washington; Memorial Day, May 30, vs. the Los Angeles Dodgers; Father’s Day, June 19, vs. Pittsburgh; and the Fourth of July vs. Cincinnati. The Cubs will be on the road for Labor Day, Sept. 5, in Milwaukee.

The tentative 2016 Chicago Cubs regular season schedule follows. Please note that the schedule is subject to change at any time.

Date          Opponent            Time
04/05/16 @Los Angeles (AL)
04/06/16 @Los Angeles (AL)
04/07/16 @Arizona
04/08/16 @Arizona
04/09/16 @Arizona
04/10/16 @Arizona
04/11/16 Cincinnati 7:05
04/12/16 OFF
04/13/16 Cincinnati 7:05
04/14/16 Cincinnati 7:05
04/15/16 Colorado 1:20
04/16/16 Colorado
04/17/16 Colorado
04/18/16 @St. Louis 7:15
04/19/16 @St. Louis 7:15
04/20/16 @St. Louis 12:45
04/21/16 @Cincinnati 7:10
04/22/16 @Cincinnati 7:10
04/23/16 @Cincinnati
04/24/16 @Cincinnati 7:10
04/25/16 OFF
04/26/16 Milwaukee
04/27/16 Milwaukee
04/28/16 Milwaukee
04/29/16 Atlanta
04/30/16 Atlanta
05/01/16 Atlanta
05/02/16 @Pittsburgh 7:05
05/03/16 @Pittsburgh 7:05
05/04/16 @Pittsburgh 12:35
05/05/16 Washington
05/06/16 Washington
05/07/16 Washington
05/08/16 Washington
05/09/16 San Diego
05/10/16 San Diego
05/11/16 San Diego
05/12/16 OFF
05/13/16 Pittsburgh
05/14/16 Pittsburgh
05/15/16 Pittsburgh
05/16/16 OFF
05/17/16 @Milwaukee 7:10
05/18/16 @Milwaukee 7:10
05/19/16 @Milwaukee 12:40
05/20/16 @San Francisco 7:15
05/21/16 @San Francisco
05/22/16 @San Francisco 1:05
05/23/16 @St. Louis 7:15
05/24/16 @St. Louis 7:15
05/25/16 @St. Louis 12:45
05/26/16 OFF
05/27/16 Philadelphia 3:05
05/28/16 Philadelphia
05/29/16 Philadelphia
05/30/16 Los Angeles (NL)
05/31/16 Los Angeles (NL)
06/01/16 Los Angeles (NL)
06/02/16 Los Angeles (NL)
06/03/16 Arizona 3:05
06/04/16 Arizona
06/05/16 Arizona
06/06/16 @Philadelphia 7:05
06/07/16 @Philadelphia 7:05
06/08/16 @Philadelphia 1:05
06/09/16 OFF
06/10/16 @Atlanta 7:35
06/11/16 @Atlanta 7:10
06/12/16 @Atlanta
06/13/16 @Washington 7:05
06/14/16 @Washington 7:05
06/15/16 @Washington 4:05
06/16/16 OFF
06/17/16 Pittsburgh 3:05
06/18/16 Pittsburgh
06/19/16 Pittsburgh
06/20/16 St. Louis
06/21/16 St. Louis
06/22/16 St. Louis
06/23/16 @Miami 7:10
06/24/16 @Miami 7:10
06/25/16 @Miami 7:10
06/26/16 @Miami 1:10
06/27/16 @Cincinnati 7:10
06/28/16 @Cincinnati 7:10
06/29/16 @Cincinnati 12:35
06/30/16 @New York (NL) 7:10
07/01/16 @New York (NL) 7:10
07/02/16 @New York (NL)
07/03/16 @New York (NL) 1:10
07/04/16 Cincinnati
07/05/16 Cincinnati
07/06/16 Cincinnati
07/07/16 OFF
07/08/16 @Pittsburgh 7:05
07/09/16 @Pittsburgh 4:05
07/10/16 @Pittsburgh 1:35
07/11/16 OFF
07/12/16 All-Star Game
07/13/16 OFF
07/14/16 OFF
07/15/16 Texas 3:05
07/16/16 Texas
07/17/16 Texas
07/18/16 New York (NL)
07/19/16 New York (NL)
07/20/16 New York (NL)
07/21/16 OFF
07/22/16 @Milwaukee 7:10
07/23/16 @Milwaukee 6:10
07/24/16 @Milwaukee 1:10
07/25/16 @Chicago (AL)
07/26/16 @Chicago (AL)
07/27/16 Chicago (AL)
07/28/16 Chicago (AL)
07/29/16 Seattle 3:05
07/30/16 Seattle
07/31/16 Seattle
08/01/16 Miami
08/02/16 Miami
08/03/16 Miami
08/04/16 OFF
08/05/16 @Oakland
08/06/16 @Oakland
08/07/16 @Oakland
08/08/16 OFF
08/09/16 Los Angeles (AL)
08/10/16 Los Angeles (AL)
08/11/16 St. Louis
08/12/16 St. Louis 3:05
08/13/16 St. Louis
08/14/16 St. Louis
08/15/16 OFF
08/16/16 Milwaukee
08/17/16 Milwaukee
08/18/16 Milwaukee
08/19/16 @Colorado 6:40
08/20/16 @Colorado 6:10
08/21/16 @Colorado 2:10
08/22/16 @San Diego 7:10
08/23/16 @San Diego 7:10
08/24/16 @San Diego
08/25/16 OFF
08/26/16 @Los Angeles(NL) 7:10
08/27/16 @Los Angeles(NL)
08/28/16 @Los Angeles(NL)
08/29/16 Pittsburgh
08/30/16 Pittsburgh
08/31/16 Pittsburgh
09/01/16 San Francisco
09/02/16 San Francisco
09/03/16 San Francisco
09/04/16 San Francisco
09/05/16 @Milwaukee 1:10
09/06/16 @Milwaukee 7:10
09/07/16 @Milwaukee 7:10
09/08/16 OFF
09/09/16 @Houston
09/10/16 @Houston
09/11/16 @Houston
09/12/16 @St. Louis 7:15
09/13/16 @St. Louis 7:15
09/14/16 @St. Louis 12:45
09/15/16 Milwaukee
09/16/16 Milwaukee
09/17/16 Milwaukee
09/18/16 Milwaukee
09/19/16 Cincinnati
09/20/16 Cincinnati
09/21/16 Cincinnati
09/22/16 OFF
09/23/16 St. Louis
09/24/16 St. Louis
09/25/16 St. Louis
09/26/16 @Pittsburgh 7:05
09/27/16 @Pittsburgh 7:05
09/28/16 @Pittsburgh 7:05
09/29/16 @Pittsburgh 7:05
09/30/16 @Cincinnati 7:10
10/01/16 @Cincinnati
10/02/16 @Cincinnati

Cubs Lineup: 9/4/15

Cubs vs. Diamondbacks — Wrigley Field
First Pitch: 1:20 CST
Cubs Starter: Jon Lester, LHP (8-10, 3.59 ERA)
Diamondbacks Starter: Zack Godley, RHP (4-0, 1.90 ERA)
TV: CSN Chicago, MLB Network; Radio: WBBM 780 AM

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

Cubs name OF Almora, RHP De La Cruz August players of the month

Photo by Stephen Green

The Cubs named Double-A Tennessee outfielder Albert Almora and Single-A Eugene right-handed pitcher Oscar De La Cruz the organization’s Minor League Player and Pitcher of the Month for August on Thursday.

Almora, 21, batted .352 (44-for-125) with 14 doubles, one triple, one home run, 22 runs scored, 15 RBI and 11 walks in 31 August games for Tennessee. He recorded a .413 on-base percentage and a .504 slugging percentage, good for a .917 OPS. The right-handed hitter also logged a 13-game hitting streak (.434/23-for-53) from Aug. 4-16 that included seven-straight multi-hit games. He finished the month with 14 multi-hit games and hit safely in 28 of his 31 contests.

For the month, Almora led the Southern League in batting average and doubles, as well as tied for first in hits, second in runs scored, fourth in OPS, and seventh in OBP and slugging percentage. This season he is hitting .276 with 26 doubles, four triples, six homers and 69 runs scored in 104 games, all with Tennessee.

The 6-foot-2, 180-pound Almora was selected by the Cubs in the first round (sixth overall) of the 2012 draft. In his fourth season of professional baseball, he has batted .289 with 82 doubles, 13 triples and 20 home runs in 323 minor league games.

De La Cruz, 20, went 3-1 with a 2.73 ERA (9 ER/29.2 IP) in five starts with Eugene, striking out 32 batters and walking just five. He held opponents to a .209 average and a .250 on-base percentage while posting a 0.94 WHIP. He allowed zero earned runs in three of his five outings and did not walk more than one batter in four of his five starts.

De La Cruz led the Northwest League in August in innings pitched, strikeouts, opponents average and WHIP, while tying for the lead in wins and ranking sixth in ERA. He earned Pitcher of the Week honors for Aug. 24-30 after striking out a career-high 13 batters in 7.0 innings on Aug. 26 versus Spokane. He picked up the win that day, as he allowed just one hit and one unearned run in the Emeralds 4-1 triumph.

After spending each of the last two seasons with the Cubs Dominican Summer League team, De La Cruz is in his first season with Eugene and was named a Northwest League Midseason All-Star. He has gone 6-3 with a 2.84 ERA in 13 starts for the Emeralds, striking out 73 batters and walking just 17. He has recorded a 1.00 WHIP and held opponents to a .211 average. Originally signed by the Cubs as a non-drafted free agent in October of 2012, the Dominican Republic native has gone 15-4 with a 2.60 ERA in 31 career minor league outings, all but three as a starter.

Cubs Minor League Recap: 9/2/15

Myrtle Beach held on to grab a win, but Iowa, South Bend and Eugene all were on the losing end Wednesday. Tennessee had the day off, while Mesa’s season finished up Tuesday. Here are some notes from yesterday’s minor league Cubs action:

Iowa Cubs (78-61)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
T-Second Place (-6.0)

Iowa was officially eliminated from playoff contention, falling 11-3 on the road at Oklahoma City.

  • C Taylor Davis (.303) went 3-for-4 with a double (18), a walk, a run scored and an RBI (27). He has hit safely in five straight games (.520/13-for-25), including four three-hit efforts.
  • LF Emilio Bonifacio (.429) went 2-for-4 with a walk and two runs scored and has gone 10-for-15 with five walks and six runs scored in his last four games.
  • LHP Zac Rosscup (5.23) tossed a perfect inning of relief, striking out two batters.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans (37-26)
Carolina League (High-A)
Second Place (-4.0)

Myrtle Beach scored three runs in the sixth inning and held on for a 4-2 victory over Potomac.

  • C Victor Caratini (.253) went 1-for-4 with a double (29), two RBI (52) and a run scored.
  • SS Gleyber Torres (.000) made his Myrtle Beach debut, going 0-for-2 with a walk.
  • RHP Jonathan Martinez (2.58) has gone 3-0 with a 0.30 ERA (1 ER/30.0 IP) in his last five starts. He picked up the win Wednesday, pitching 6.0 scoreless innings. He has not allowed a run in 18.0 consecutive innings.

South Bend Cubs (33-32)
Midwest League (Low-A)
T-Third Place (-9.0)

South Bend surrendered 15 hits in a 10-1 setback against Dayton.

  • LF Charcer Burks (.266) went 2-for-4 with a triple (4) and a run scored. He has five runs in his last three games.
  • 1B Gioskar Amaya (.266) finished 2-for-4 with two doubles (18) and an RBI (43).
  • SS Vimael Machin (.165) went 1-for-2 with a walk.

Eugene Emeralds (20-14)
Northwest League (Short-Season A)
First Place (+1.0)

Eugene dropped a 3-2 decision at Salem-Keizer. The Emeralds hold a one-game lead in the division with four games remaining.

  • SS Andrew Ely (.315) went 3-for-4 with a double (13). It was his third game with at least three hits.
  • CF Donnie Dewees (.268) went 2-for-3 with a walk and an RBI (14).
  • RHP Oscar De La Cruz (2.84) gave up one earned run in 6.0 innings. He has allowed one run or fewer in four of his last six starts.

Cubs Lineup: 9/2/15

Cubs vs. Reds — Wrigley Field
First Pitch: 1:20 CST
Cubs Starter: Jason Hammel, RHP (7-6, 3.42)
Reds Starter: Raisel Iglesias, RHP (3-6, 3.92)
TV: CSN Chicago; Radio: WBBM 780 AM

1. Dexter Fowler, CF
2. Kyle Schwarber, LF
3. Chris Coghlan, RF
4. Anthony Rizzo, 1B
5. Kris Bryant, 3B
6. Miguel Montero, C
7. Addison Russell, SS
8. Jason Hammel, P
9. Tommy La Stella, 2B

Cubs open the month with a flurry of roster moves

Javier Baez returns to the Cubs lineup. (Photo by Stephen Green)

The Cubs Tuesday recalled infielder Javier Baez and left-handed pitcher Tsuyoshi Wada from Triple-A Iowa, activated catcher David Ross off the family medical emergency leave list and added outfielder Austin Jackson to the active roster.  Additionally, the Cubs have selected the contracts of outfielder Quintin Berry (postgame last night) and right-handed pitcher Trevor Cahill (today) from Triple-A.

To make room for Berry and Cahill on the 40-man roster, left-handed pitcher James Russell was designated for assignment and right-handed pitcher Rafael Soriano was  activated from the 15-day disabled list and designated for assignment. Chicago’s 40-man roster now stands at 40, and the active roster is at 30 players.

Berry will wear uniform No. 5, Cahill will wear uniform No. 53 and Jackson will wear uniform No. 27.

Baez, 22, batted .324 (91-for-281) with 14 doubles, two triples, 13 home runs, 61 RBI and 17 stolen bases in 70 games with Iowa this season. He turned in a .385 on-base percentage and .527 slugging percentage, good for a .912 OPS, and joins the Cubs riding a 16-game hitting streak. Baez made his major league debut last season and batted .169 with six doubles, nine homers and 20 RBI in 52 games. He was Chicago’s first round pick (ninth overall) in the 2011 Draft.

Berry, 30, signed a minor league deal with the Cubs on Aug. 24 after spending the entire season with Boston’s Triple-A Pawtucket affiliate, where he batted .228 with a .329 on-base percentage and 35 steals in 106 games. He has spent parts of three major league seasons with Detroit (2012), Boston (2013) and Baltimore (2014), batting .266 with a .337 on-base percentage in 117 games, and is a perfect 25-for-25 in stolen base attempts in the regular season and a perfect 5-for-5 in the postseason.

Cahill, 27, signed a minor league deal with the Cubs on Aug. 18 and turned in five scoreless relief outings with Iowa, covering 7.2 innings. The right-hander broke into the big leagues with Oakland in 2009 and was an 18-game winner a season later, going 18-8 with a 2.97 ERA in 30 starts, earning AL All-Star honors along the way. Overall, Cahill won 10 or more games in four straight seasons (2009-12) and is 64-72 with one save and a 4.16 ERA in 201 major league outings (28 in relief) with Oakland (2009-11), Arizona (2012-14) and Atlanta (2015).

Jackson, 28, was acquired Monday from Seattle, where he batted .272 with 18 doubles, three triples, eight home runs, 38 RBI, 46 runs scored and 15 stolen bases in 107 games this season. Since making his major league debut with Detroit in 2010, Jackson has batted .273 with 163 doubles, 47 triples, 54 home runs and 286 RBI in 831 career games, all of which have come in center field.

Ross, 38, is batting .190 with one home run and seven RBI in 57 games with the Cubs this season. He owns a 2.73 catchers’ ERA in his 44 games (35 starts) behind the plate.

Wada, 34, returns to the Cubs after going 1-1 with a 3.73 ERA in seven starts earlier this season. With Iowa, Wada went 4-5 with a 3.95 ERA in 16 starts. He made his big league debut with the Cubs last year and has combined to go 5-5 with a 3.40 ERA in 20 major league starts over the last two years.

Russell, 29, went 0-2 with one save and a 5.29 ERA in 49 relief appearances with the Cubs this season.

Soriano, 35, went 2-0 with a 6.35 ERA in six relief appearances for the Cubs this season.

Cubs Lineup: 9/1/15

Cubs vs. Reds — Wrigley Field
First Pitch: 7:05 CST
Cubs Starter: Dan Haren, RHP (8-9, 3.90)
Reds Starter: Anthony Desclafani, RHP (7-10, 3.84)
TV: WGN-TV; Radio: WBBM 780 AM

1. Dexter Fowler, CF
2. Kyle Schwarber, LF
3. Chris Coghlan, RF
4. Anthony Rizzo, 1B
5. Kris Bryant, 3B
6. Miguel Montero, C
7. Javier Baez, 2B
8. Dan Haren, P
9. Addison Russell, SS


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