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Cubs Lineup: 4/24/15

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Dexter Fowler returns to the lineup after missing Thursday’s game with a groin issue. (Photo by Stephen Green)
Cubs at Reds – Great American Ball Park
First Pitch: 6:10 CST
Cubs Starter: Jon Lester, LHP
Reds Starter: Mike Leake, RHP
TV: CSN Chicago; Radio: WBBM 780 AM
Lineup
1. Dexter Fowler, CF
2. Jorge Soler, RF
3. Anthony Rizzo, 1B
4. Kris Bryant, 3B
5. Chris Coghlan, LF
6. Starlin Castro, SS
7. David Ross, C
8. Jon Lester, P
9. Addison Russell, 2B

 

Third Homestand Promotions and Guests: 4/27/15-5/3/15

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The Cubs return home for a continued stretch of games against NL Central opponents when the Pirates and Brewers come to Wrigley Field from April 27-May 3.

In conjunction with Chicago hosting the 2015 NFL Draft next weekend, the Friendly Confines will celebrate its football history. The first 10,000 fans at the game on Friday, May 1, will receive a Wrigley Field Football that commemorates 50 seasons of Chicago Bears games at the historic ballpark. NFL legends Michael Irvin and Kurt Warner will throw out ceremonial first pitches on Tuesday, April 28, while NFL Network personalities Rich Eisen, Steve Mariucci and Melissa Stark will lead the seventh-inning stretch.

Former NFL great Ickey Woods will throw a first pitch the following day, and Chicago Bears kicker Robbie Gould wraps up the homestand with a first pitch and seventh-inning stretch on Sunday, May 3.

The Cubs and Cubs Charities will continue this year’s “Let’s Give” campaign through several events and recognitions during the homestand. On Tuesday, April 28, the team will present a check to the Illinois Tornado Relief Fund from last week’s fundraising efforts at Wrigley Field. Firefighters from Kirkland, Illinois, who have aided in tornado recovery efforts, will be recognized on the field pregame.

On Wednesday, April 29, the Cubs and the Robert R. McCormick Foundation will celebrate the 25th anniversary of Cubs Care during the annual Cubs Care Grant Luncheon in the Audi Club at Wrigley Field. Cubs Charities and Cubs Care will grant more than $1 million to nonprofit organizations serving those in need around the Chicago area. That evening, Cubs Charities will recognize personal fundraising efforts from individuals running Saturday’s Race to Wrigley Charity Run. Proceeds from personal fundraising will support critical care needs for pediatric patients in Chicago. The top fundraising team and individual will be recognized during a pregame ceremony on the field.

On Friday, May 1, Cubs manager Joe Maddon will continue his “Respect Community” charity T-shirt initiative by representing Misericordia Heart of Mercy, a Cubs Charities grantee, during his postgame press conference.

Tickets remain available for the upcoming homestand at cubs.com or 800-THE-CUBS (800-843-2827). Highlights of the homestand follow:

Promotions
The first 10,000 fans attending the game on Friday, May 1, at 1:20 p.m. vs. the Brewers will receive a Wrigley Field football. Beginning in the seventh inning, fans can visit the Cubs Store across from Wrigley Field to inflate the football after they depart the ballpark.

Wintrust is rallying Cubs fans to support Cubs Charities and beat the rival White Sox in the process through its “You Decide” crosstown campaign. For each fan who opens a Wintrust Cubs checking account, Wintrust will donate $25 to Cubs Charities. Fans also can participate in the competition by tweeting with the #DecideCubs hashtag. With each use, Wintrust will donate 25 cents to Cubs Charities. Wintrust will donate an additional $25,000 to the charity of the team whose fans open the most accounts. Fans may visit wintrust.com/youdecide to participate.

On Sunday, May 3, the first 1,000 kids 13-and-under can run the bases postgame, weather permitting, as part of the team’s ongoing Kids Sundays at Wrigley Field.

Guests and Entertainment
The upcoming homestand welcomes several NFL legends and broadcasters in conjunction with the 2015 NFL Draft taking place in Chicago from April 30-May 2. NFL legends Michael Irvin and Kurt Warner will throw ceremonial first pitches on Tuesday, April 28, while NFL Network personalities Rich Eisen, Steve Mariucci and Melissa Stark will lead the seventh-inning stretch. Former NFL great Ickey Woods will throw a first pitch the following day.

MLB Network Intentional Talk hosts Kevin Millar and Chris Rose lead off the homestand by singing the stretch on Monday, April 27. The show will film live from Wrigley Field on Monday and Tuesday, April 27-28, from 4-5 p.m. CDT.

On Friday, May 1, several actresses from A League of Their Own will throw ceremonial first pitches, while Chicago-native comedian Jeff Garlin will lead the seventh-inning stretch.

Chicago Bears kicker Robbie Gould wraps up the homestand with a first pitch and seventh-inning stretch on Sunday, May 3.

Food Specials
This homestand, the Decade Diner located in the right field concourse will serve a Schnitzel Whistler featuring a tall stack of breaded Bavarian style chicken, toasted peppercorn mayo, haystack onions and a toasted flour bap. The Italian Grinder homestand special features sliced capicola, salami, ham, provolone cheese, sliced tomatoes, lettuce and red wine vinaigrette on a toasted hoagie roll.

Homestand Recap, April 27-May 3
Monday, April 27, Chicago Cubs vs. Pittsburgh Pirates, 7:05 p.m.

  • Seventh-inning stretch: MLB Network Intentional Talk hosts Kevin Millar and Chris Rose
  • Broadcast: CSN, WBBM 780-AM, Cubs.com

Tuesday, April 28 vs. Pittsburgh Pirates, 7:05 p.m.

  • Pregame recognition: Firefighters from Kirkland, Illinois, and check presentation for Illinois Tornado Relief Fund
  • First pitches: NFL legends Michael Irvin and Kurt Warner
  • Seventh-inning stretch: NFL Network personalities Rich Eisen, Steve Mariucci and Melissa Stark
  • Broadcast: WPWR-TV, WBBM 780-AM, Cubs.com

Wednesday, April 29 vs. Pittsburgh Pirates, 7:05 p.m.

  • First pitch: Former NFL great Ickey Woods
  • Broadcast: CSN, WBBM 780-AM, Cubs.com

Friday, May 1 vs. Milwaukee Brewers, 1:20 p.m.

  • Promotion: Wrigley Field football presented by Wintrust Community Banks (first 10,000 fans)
  • Pregame recognition: Race to Wrigley Charity Run personal fundraisers
  • First pitches: Actresses from A League of Their Own
  • Seventh-inning stretch: Chicago-native comedian Jeff Garlin
  • Broadcast: CSN, MLB Network, WBBM 780-AM, Cubs.com

Saturday, May 2 vs. Milwaukee Brewers, 1:20 p.m.

  • Broadcast: CSN, WBBM 780-AM, Cubs.com

Sunday, May 3 vs. Milwaukee Brewers, 1:20 p.m.

  • First pitch and seventh-inning stretch: Chicago Bears kicker Robbie Gould
  • Broadcast: WGN, WBBM 780-AM, Cubs.com
  • Promotion: Kids Run the Bases postgame (first 1,000 kids 13-and-under)

Cubs Minor League Recap: 4/23/15

Tennessee, Myrtle Beach and South Bend all cruised to victories on Thursday, while Iowa gave up an early lead and couldn’t fight back. Here are some notes from yesterday’s minor league Cubs action:

Iowa Cubs (6-8)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
Third Place (-5.5)

Iowa fell to New Orleans 9-2 after giving up a season-high six runs in the first inning.

  • SS Chris Valaika hit a two-run homer in the eighth inning and walked once. It marked his seventh RBI and second home run this season.
  • RHP Andres Santiago (0.00) threw 3.1 scoreless innings, giving up only three hits, walking two and fanning two batters.

Tennessee Smokies (8-5)
Southern League (Double-A)
First Place (+1.5)

Tennessee cruised to a 9-2 victory at Jackson, drawing a season high 12 walks.

  • RHP Felix Pena (1.53) secured the win, giving up two earned runs in 5.2 innings pitched. He struck out eight and walked two.
  • DH Kyle Schwarber (.371) went 3-for-6 with a home run and a double, plating two and scoring twice. It was his third consecutive multi-hit game.
  • C Willson Contreras (.333) went 2-for-3 with two doubles, one RBI, two walks and two runs scored. Contreras had his fourth multi-hit game this season.
  • 3B Ryan Dent (.290) went 3-for-4 and picked up three RBI.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans (9-4)
Carolina League (High-A)
First Place (+3.0)

Myrtle Beach pulled away with a four-run fifth inning to top Winston-Salem 6-0 in the first game of the series. The Pelicans are now 4-0 against Winston-Salem this season.

  • CF Jacob Hannemann (.280) went 3-for-4 with a double, an RBI, a stolen base (6) and two runs. It marked his fifth multi-hit game this season.
  • RF Billy McKinney (.325) also had a multi-hit game, going 2-for-4.
  • C Ben Carthart (.235) hit a two-run double in the fifth inning. Carhart also walked and scored a run.
  • RHP Daury Torrez threw his first quality start to pick up the win, pitching 7.0 scoreless innings, giving up four hits and fanning one batter.

South Bend Cubs (7-8)
Midwest League (Low-A)
Fifth Place (-4.0)

South Bend blanked Lake County 10-0 in the rubber game of the series. The SB Cubs outscored Lake County 26-3 over the final two games.

  • RHP Erick Leal picked up the win after pitching 5.0 scoreless innings, striking out six and walking just one batter.
  • RF Yasiel Balaguert (.188) went 2-for-4 with a triple and a three-run double to go along with one run scored.
  • CF Trey Martin (.267) picked up his sixth multi-hit game this season.
  • SS Gleyber Torres (.275) went 2-for-3 with two RBI, two stolen bases and one run scored.
  • 2B Chesny Young (.340) went 2-for-5, swiped a base and scored twice. Young is currently on an eight-game hitting streak (13-for-31) and has six multi-hit games on the season.
  • LHP Tyler Ihrig (0.96) earned his first save after throwing 4.0 scoreless innings, giving up one hit and fanning five batters.

Cubs Minor League Recap: 4/22/15

Tennessee and South Bend cruised behind strong offensive performances, but Iowa and Myrtle Beach both fell Wednesday. Here are some notes from yesterday’s minor league Cubs action:

Iowa Cubs (6-7)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
Third Place (-4.5)

Iowa saw their two-game winning streak snapped, as they fell 6-3 at home to New Orleans.

  • LHP Tsuyoshi Wada (2.70) made his second rehab appearance, allowing two runs in 5.1 innings. In two starts, he has allowed three runs in 10.0 innings, walking six and fanning 11.
  • 1B Jonathan Mota (.355) went 2-for-4 with an RBI. It marked his fourth multi-hit game of the season.
  • RF Junior Lake (.268) went 2-for-3 with a walk, a double and an RBI. He has hit safely in three straight games (.444).

Tennessee Smokies (7-5)
Southern League (Double-A)
First Place (+1.0)

The Smokies collected 18 hits and drew eight walks as they rolled to a 13-4 victory over Jackson.

  • C Kyle Schwarber (.345) had a four-hit game, going 4-for-6 with a run and an RBI.
  • 1B Dan Vogelbach (.432) doubled and hit a three-run homer as part of a 2-for-5 night that included a walk, two runs scored and five RBI (9).
  • CF Pin-Chieh Chen (.275) went 3-for-4 with a double, two walks and two runs scored.
  • SS Elliot Soto (.282) went 3-for-5 with a double, a walk, two runs scored and two RBI.
  • 3B Ryan Dent (.222) went 2-for-5 with his first home run of the season.
  • LF Albert Almora (.300) and 2B Stephen Bruno (.361) also had two-hit games.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans (8-4)
Carolina League (High-A)
First Place (+2.0)

The Pelicans lost for the first time since April 14, as they fell 4-1 at Salem in an afternoon contest.

  • LF Wes Darvill (.158) collected three of the team’s six hits, going 3-for-3 with a double and a stolen base.
  • RF Mark Zagunis (.263) went 1-for-3 with a walk. He has hit safely in 8 of 11 games.
  • LHP Gerardo Concepcion (1.35) tossed 1.2 scoreless frames, fanning two batters. He has allowed one run in 6.2 innings this season across four appearances.

South Bend Cubs (6-8)
Midwest League (Low-A)
T-Fifth Place (-4.0)

South Bend scored the most runs in a game in the Midwest League this season, defeating Lake County 16-3.

  • RHP Jeremy Null picked up the win, surrendering no runs on three hits and no walks in 6.0 innings of work. He struck out four. He has 17 strikeouts on the season and no walks in 17.0 innings.
  • 2B Chesny Young (.333) went 3-for-3 with four runs scored and a stolen base.
  • C Cael Brockmeyer (.442) collected his third three-hit game of the season, going 3-for-4 with a walk, a double, a run scored and two RBI.
  • C Justin Marra (.136) homered for the second consecutive game, with a two-run shot.
  • CF Trey Martin (.255), 3B Zach Hedges (.245), SS Gleyber Torres (.250), LF Charcer Burks (.356) and RF Rashad Crawford (.303) all had multi-hit games.

 

Cubs Lineup: 4/23/15

Bryant_Kris_Horiz.JPGKris Bryant will make his first career start in center field Thursday.

Cubs at Pirates – PNC Park

First Pitch: 11:35 A.M. CST
Cubs Starter: Kyle Hendricks, RHP
Pirates Starter: Jeff Locke, LHP
TV: CSN Chicago, MLB Network; Radio: WBBM 780 AM
Lineup
1. Chris Denorfia, LF
2. Anthony Rizzo, 1B
3. Jorge Soler, RF
4. Kris Bryant, CF
5. Starlin Castro, SS
6. Welington Castillo, C
7. Addison Russell, 2B
8. Kyle Hendricks, P
9. Jonathan Herrera, 3B

Cubs Minor League Recap: 4/21/14

Pitching boosted Iowa to a victory, and Myrtle Beach extended a winning streak on Tuesday. Tennessee let a stellar starting pitching effort go to waste, while South Bend surrendered a late lead in a loss. Here are some notes from yesterday’s Cubs minor league action:

Iowa Cubs (6-6)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
Third Place (-3.5)

Iowa won its second consecutive game, defeating visiting New Orleans, 6-4.

  • RHP Donn Roach (2.60) gave up one earned run in 6.0 innings of work, striking out three to pick up the win. He has allowed just one run in 12.0 innings this season.
  • CF Matt Szczur (.750) went 3-for-4 with an RBI in his first game back at Iowa.
  • SS Chris Valaika (.244) collected his second three-hit game of the season, going 3-for-4 with a run scored.
  • C Taylor Teagarden (.400) hit a two-run homer in the fourth inning, his first of the season. He finished 2-for-3 with a double, a homer, one run scored and four RBI.

Tennessee Smokies (6-5)
Southern League (Double-A)
T-First Place (–)

Tennessee dropped a 5-3 decision at Jackson, its second straight defeat to begin the five-game series.

  • C Kyle Schwarber (.261) went 2-for-5 with an RBI, for his second multi-hit game of the season.
  • CF Pin-Chieh Chen (.222) collected his first multi-hit game, going 2-for-5 with a triple (2) and a run.
  • 1B Dan Vogelbach (.436) went 1-for-4 with a double. He has hit safely in 10 of 11 games.
  • RHP Corey Black (1.80) tossed his first quality start of the season, allowing one unearned run in 6.0 innings. He struck out four and surrendered just two hits.

Myrtle Beach (8-3)
Carolina League (High-A)
First Place (+2.0)

Myrtle Beach won its fifth straight game, topping host Salem, 7-4.

  • RHP Jen-Ho Tseng struck out three and gave up two earned runs in 4.1 innings.
  • SS Carlos Penalver (.259) went 2-for-3 with a double and a run driven in.
  • C Ben Carhart (.214) went 1-for-3 with a home run, two walks, two runs and two RBI.
  • RHP James Pugliese (3.00) earned the win in relief, tossing 2.2 shutout innings.

South Bend Cubs (5-8)
Midwest League (Low-A)
Seventh Place (-5.0)

South Bend surrendered four runs in the final three innings, falling 5-2 at home to Lake County.

  • LF Charcer Burks (.333) extended his hitting streak to five games (.474/9-for-19) with a 2-for-4 night that included one RBI.
  • DH Justin Marra (.095) hit his first homer of the season, a solo shot in the third inning. He went 1-for-2 with a walk and two runs scored.
  • RHP Jake Stinnett (4.38) allowed a season low two hits in 5.0 innings. He struck out four and walked five in the no-decision.

Cubs promote Russell; Alcantara optioned to Triple-A

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(Photo by Stephen Green)

The Cubs selected the contract of infielder Addison Russell from Triple-A Iowa and optioned infielder/outfielder Arismendy Alcantara to Triple-A on Tuesday. To make room for Russell on the 40-man roster, infielder Mike Olt was transferred to the 60-day disabled list.

Russell, who will wear uniform No. 22, will be available for the Cubs tonight in Pittsburgh. The 21-year-old was hitting .318/.326/.477 (AVG/OBP/SLG) with one home run and nine RBI in 46 plate appearances at Triple-A Iowa this season.

He entered 2015 ranked as the third-best prospect in the game by Baseball America and the second-best prospect in the Cubs farm system. He was also named the top prospect in Oakland’s system heading into both the 2013 and 2014 campaigns. A first-round pick in the 2012 Draft (11th overall), Russell was acquired by the Cubs along with outfielder Billy McKinney and right-hander Dan Straily from Oakland for right-handers Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel last July 5. Russell also entered 2015 ranked as the second-best prospect by in the game by Baseball Prospectus.

The 6-foot, 200-pound Russell joins the Cubs after batting .301 (289-for-961) with 57 doubles, 20 triples, 38 home runs and 159 RBI in 244 minor league games covering the last four seasons. The right-handed hitter has posted a .377 on-base percentage and a .520 slugging percentage, good for an .897 OPS.

Russell played across three levels in his first pro campaign in 2012, earning All-Star honors for two clubs. He spent most of the 2013 campaign at High-A Stockton as a 19-year-old, recording 29 doubles, 10 triples and 17 homers to become one of only 12 minor leaguers to reach double digits in all three categories. Russell was named to the U.S. Futures team, earned postseason California League All-Star honors and capped 2013 by playing in the Arizona Fall League, where he was named to the AFL All-Star team.

Last season, Russell combined to bat .295 (76-for-258) with 14 doubles, one triple, 13 home runs and 45 RBI in 68 games between Stockton, Double-A Midland and Double-A Tennessee. He also played 11 games in a return trip to the Arizona Fall League.

Alcantara, 23, is hitting .077 (2-for-26) with five runs scored and one RBI in 11 games for the Cubs this season.

Olt, 26, continues his recovery from a hairline fracture in his right wrist.

Cubs Lineup: 4/21/15

Cubs at Pirates – PNC Park
First Pitch: 6:05 CST
Cubs Starter: Travis Wood
Pirates Starter: Francisco Liriano
TV: WGN; Radio: WBBM 780 AM
Lineup
1. Dexter Fowler, CF
2. Anthony Rizzo, 1B
3. Jorge Soler, RF
4. Kris Bryant, 3B
5. Starlin Castro, SS
6. Chris Denorfia, LF
7. Welington Castillo, C
8. Travis Wood, P
9. Addison Russell, 2B

 

Cubs Minor League Recap: 4/20/15

Myrtle Beach poured it on in extra innings, South Bend put an end to a losing streak, and Iowa salvaged a doubleheader split on Monday. Tennessee struggled on defense and couldn’t get the bats going in a loss. Here are some notes from yesterday’s minor league Cubs action:

Iowa Cubs (5-6)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
Third Place (-3.5)

Game 1: Iowa managed just two hits in an 8-0 loss vs. Oklahoma City.

  • 2B Addison Russell (.300) went 1-for-3, singling with two outs in the seventh inning to break up ex-Cub Scott Baker’s perfect game.
  • 1B Mike Baxter (.391) went 1-for-3 with his third double of the season.
  • RHP Michael Wagner (0.00) tossed 3.0 scoreless innings of relief in his Iowa debut.

Game 2: Iowa snapped a three-game losing skid with a 4-3, nine-inning win vs. Oklahoma City.

  • RF Junior Lake (.235) recorded a walk-off sacrifice fly to drive in Baxter in the ninth.
  • C Taylor Davis (.273) went 2-for-4 with a sixth inning solo home run.
  • 2B Addison Russell (.318) went 2-for-4 with two doubles and two RBI.
  • LHP James Russell (1-0, 0.00) struck out three in 2.0 scoreless innings to earn his first win of the year.

Tennessee Smokies (6-4)
Southern League (Double-A)
T-First Place (–)

Tennessee managed just three hits and committed four errors in a 7-1 loss at Jackson.

  • RHP Frank Batista pitched 4.2 scoreless innings, striking out six in the no-decision. He has allowed just one run in 10.2 innings of work this season.
  • 1B Dan Vogelbach (.457) went 1-for-4 with a second inning solo home run.
  • 2B Stephen Bruno (.393) and RF Bijan Rademacher (.286) each recorded a hit.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans (7-3)
Carolina League (High-A)
First Place (+1.0)

Myrtle Beach scored three runs in the 11th inning to beat host Salem, 7-4.

  • DH Billy McKinney (.296) went 2-for-5 with a sixth inning solo home run.
  • 1B Jacob Rogers (.323) went 1-for-2 with three walks and an eighth inning homer.
  • CF Jacob Hannemann (.270) and C Victor Caratini (.292) had two hits apiece.
  • RHP Tayler Scott (1-0, 1.50) tossed 3.0 scoreless innings to earn the win.
  • RHP Matt Brazis (3.86) earned the save with a scoreless 11th inning of work.

South Bend Cubs (5-7)
Midwest League (Low-A)
T-Fifth Place (-4.0)

South Bend snapped a two-game skid with a 3-0 win over visiting Great Lakes.

  • RHP Ryan Williams gave up no earned runs in 5.2 innings, fanning three in the win.
  • 3B Jesse Hodges (.250) went 2-for-4 with a season-high-tying three RBI.
  • 2B Chesny Young (.293) went 2-for-3 with a walk, two runs scored and two stolen bases.
  • RHP James Norwood (6.75) tossed 2.0 scoreless innings to earn his first save of the year.

Brockmeyer named Midwest League Player of the Week

South Bend Cubs catcher/first baseman Cael Brockmeyer has been named the Midwest League Player of the Week for his efforts from April 9-19.

Brockmeyer is hitting .444/.524/.694 (AVG/OBP/SLG) on the season, ranking in the top three of the Midwest League in each of those categories. His 16 hits, seven extra-base hits and 25 total bases are also tops in the Low-A league, while his six doubles are tied for the most.

Brockmeyer was picked in the 16th round of the 2013 draft out of California State University.

In 77 games at Low-A Kane County last season, the 23-year-old hit .297/.366/.461 with eight homers and 14 doubles.

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