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Cubs Fifth Homestand Promotions and Guests: 5/25/15-5/31/15

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University of Illinois basketball coach John Groce returns to Wrigley Field on May 30. (Photo by Stephen Green)

The Cubs return home on Memorial Day to host the Nationals from May 25-27 and the Royals from May 29-31. The homestand features several promotional giveaways, including a Cubs hat presented by the Conquer Cancer Foundation, a Chicago Whales replica throwback jersey presented by Benjamin Moore, a Clark W Flag bobblehead presented by Jewel-Osco and summer sunglasses presented by Budweiser during the debut of the team’s Budweiser Bleacher Fridays.

Budweiser Bleacher Fridays kick off in true summer style with a Beach Bash on May 29. Each guest in the Budweiser Bleachers will receive a pair of summer sunglasses for the game, as well as free Blue Lizard Sunscreen, while enjoying special entertainment, music and a beach-themed postgame party in Wrigleyville. Fans in the Budweiser Bleachers are encouraged to wear their favorite beach attire for the event and share photos on Twitter and Instagram using the #BudFridays hashtag. One creative winner will be selected to take home four tickets to the following Budweiser Bleacher Friday (Country Day, June 12 vs. the Cincinnati Reds).

May 29 also marks Jersey Day in Chicago and at Wrigley Field. Majestic Athletic, makers of the official on-field uniform of Major League Baseball, created Jersey Day in partnership with MLB and its 30 clubs to encourage baseball fans to celebrate their teams by donning their official jerseys to work, school, games and all over town. Cubs fans can stake their claim as the best fans in baseball by posting the #JerseyDayCHC hashtag on Twitter or Instagram, with votes being gathered at MajesticJerseyDay.com. Majestic is running a Superfan Sweepstakes on the microsite as well.

The following day, May 30, marks 100 years to the date of when the Federal League-champion Chicago Whales hosted the Kansas City Packers at then-Weeghman Park. The Cubs will wear throwback Chicago Whales uniforms that day, and the first 10,000 fans at the game will receive a Chicago Whales replica throwback jersey presented by Benjamin Moore. The Royals will wear throwback Kansas City Federal League uniforms, while the bases used during the game will feature Weeghman Park commemorative base jewels.

Following the game on Friday, May 29, Cubs manager Joe Maddon will continue his “Respect Community” charity T-shirt initiative by representing the USO of Illinois Discovery Kids Program during his postgame press conference. The program helps lift the spirits of children whose parents are training or deployed through year-round educational, recreational and cultural events and programs.

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 at Wrigley Field on Wednesday, May 27, will receive a Cubs hat presented by the Conquer Cancer Foundation. The Conquer Cancer Foundation, established by the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), is a charitable organization that supports clinical research in the field of oncology, patient education and patient advocacy programs.

Each guest in the Budweiser Bleachers on Friday, May 29, will receive a pair of summer sunglasses, as well as free Blue Lizard Sunscreen, during the first Budweiser Bleacher Friday of the season. The Beach Bash also will include special entertainment, music and a beach-themed postgame party in Wrigleyville. Invitations to the postgame party will be shared on-site.

On Saturday, May 30, the first 10,000 fans will receive a Chicago Whales replica throwback jersey presented by Benjamin Moore. The Cubs will wear throwback Chicago Whales uniforms on the field to mark 100 years to the date of when the Federal League-champion Whales hosted the Kansas City Packers at then-Weeghman Park.

The homestand concludes on Sunday, May 31, when the first 5,000 children age 13 and younger will receive a Clark W Flag bobblehead presented by Jewel-Osco. The first 1,000 kids in the ballpark can run the bases postgame, weather permitting, as part of the team’s ongoing Kids Sundays.

Food Specials:
This homestand, the Decade Diner located in the right-field concourse will serve a Beef Kabob Gyro, featuring juicy grilled skewered beef, pickled sweet onions, fresh cucumbers, vine ripe tomatoes and garlic yogurt aioli served with warm pita bread. In addition, the Classic Tuna Melt will feature Levy Restaurants’ signature tuna salad and cheddar cheese on toasted caraway rye bread.

Homestand Recap, May 25-31:
Monday, May 25 (Memorial Day) vs. Washington Nationals, 1:20 p.m.

  • First pitches: Principal cast members of Broadway Chicago’s On Your Feet!, Ana Villafañe and Josh Segarra
  • Seventh-inning stretch: Country music artist, to be announced leading up to their upcoming surprise concert in Wrigleyville
  • Broadcast: WGN, WBBM 780-AM, Cubs.com

Tuesday, May 26 vs. Washington Nationals, 6:05 p.m.

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

Wednesday, May 27 vs. Washington Nationals, 7:05 p.m.

  • Promotion: Cubs hat presented by the Conquer Cancer Foundation (first 10,000 fans)
  • First pitch: Host of TLC’s Overhaulin, Chris Jacobs
  • Seventh-inning stretch: Star of CNBC’s reality series The Profit, Marcus Lemonis
  • Broadcast: CSN+, MLB Network, WBBM 780-AM, Cubs.com

Friday, May 29 vs. Kansas City Royals, 3:05 p.m.

  • Budweiser Bleacher Fridays Beach Bash: Summer sunglasses presented by Budweiser, all Budweiser Bleacher guests 21 and older
  • First pitch: United States Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus
  • Broadcast: CSN, WBBM 780-AM, WRTO 1200-AM Spanish Radio, Cubs.com

Saturday, May 30 vs. Kansas City Royals, 6:15 p.m.

  • Promotion: Chicago Whales replica throwback jersey presented by Benjamin Moore (first 10,000 fans)
  • First pitch and seventh-inning stretch: University of Illinois men’s basketball coach John Groce
  • Broadcast: FOX, WBBM 780-AM, Cubs.com

Sunday, May 31 vs. Kansas City Royals, 1:20 p.m.

  • Promotion: Clark W Flag bobblehead presented by Jewel-Osco (first 5,000 children age 13 and younger)
  • First pitch and seventh-inning stretch: Actor and Chicago native Joe Mantegna
  • Broadcast: ABC 7, WBBM 780-AM, Cubs.com
  • Kids Run the Bases postgame (first 1,000 children 13 and under)

Cubs Minor League Recap: 5/21/15

It was a rough day in the standings for the Cubs minor league affiliates Thursday, as all four clubs lost. Here are some notes from yesterday’s minor league action:

Iowa Cubs (19-20)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
Second Place (-7.0)

Iowa dropped the series opener against Tacoma, 5-3. The I-Cubs went 2-for-10 with runners in scoring position.

  • LF Arismendy Alcantara (.238) went 2-for-4, blasted a homer and a triple, plated one and walked once.
  • C Taylor Davis (.358) went 2-for-4 with two doubles and one run scored. It marked his third consecutive multi-hit game (8-for-11/.727).
  • CF Matt Szczur (.327) recorded a double, walked once and scored once to extend his hitting streak to five games (8-for-16/.500).

Tennessee Smokies (22-19)
Southern League (Double-A)
Second Place (-3.5)

Tennessee’s ninth-inning rally fell short as the Smokies dropped the series opener at Montgomery, 4-3.

  • RF Billy McKinney (.320) had his third multi-hit game with the Smokies, going 2-for-3.
  • C Willson Contreras (.305) went 1-for-4 with a double and one RBI.
  • 1B Dan Vogelbach (.328) went 0-for-2, but walked once, earned an RBI and scored once. He has drawn 31 walks over 39 games this season.
  • LHP Jeffry Antigua (3.21) took the loss, snapping his two-game winning streak.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans (24-12)
Carolina League (High-A)
First Place (+4.5)

The Pelicans allowed two runs in the eighth inning as they fell to Frederick in the series finale, 4-3.

  • RF Mark Zagunis (.328) went 4-for-4 with an RBI, a double and one run scored. He tied his career high with four hits and extended his hitting streak to 11 games (20-for-45/.444).
  • DH Chesny Young (.480) went 3-for-4, hit a double, plated one and walked once. Young has recorded a hit in every game with the Pelicans, including five consecutive multi-hit games (12-for-25/.480).
  • 2B Daniel Lockhart (.212) went 2-for-4 with one run scored.
  • RHP Daury Torrez (3.86) tossed his third quality start but drew a no-decision after surrendering two earned runs in 6.0 innings.

South Bend Cubs (18-23)
Midwest League (Low-A)
Seventh Place (-6.0)

South Bend allowed a season high 17 runs in the series finale at Lansing. The SB-Cubs’ 17-2 setback marked their fifth consecutive loss.

  • 1B Cael Brockmeyer (.305) went 1-for-4 with a two-run blast in the fourth inning.
  • 2B Andrew Ely (.250) went 2-for-4 and with a run scored.

Cubs Lineup: 5/21/15

Cubs vs. Padres – Petco Park
First Pitch: 8:10 CST
Cubs Starter: Kyle Hendricks, RHP
Padres Starter: Odrisamer Despaigne, RHP
TV: CSN+, MLB Network; Radio: WBBM 780 AM

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

Cubs Minor League Recap: 5/20/15

Myrtle Beach came back from an early deficit to pick up the win, but Tennessee and South Bend were both on the losing side Wednesday. Iowa had the day off and returns to action tonight. Here are some notes from yesterday’s Cubs minor league action:

Tennessee Smokies (22-18)
Southern League (Double-A)
Second Place (-3.0)

Tennessee surrendered three home runs in a 6-4 setback at home against Jackson.

  • 1B Dan Vogelbach (.333) went 2-for-3 with a run scored and walk. He has 30 walks in 38 games.
  • DH Willson Contreras (.307) went 2-for-4 with two doubles and two RBI.
  • 2B Elliot Soto (.295) reached base twice, going 1-for-3 with a run scored and walk.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans (24-13)
Carolina League (High-A)
First Place (+4.5)

Myrtle Beach overcame an early 3-0 deficit to defeat visiting Frederick, 6-4.

  • 3B Chesny Young (.429) went 2-for-3 with two walks, two runs scored and two RBI. He has four consecutive multi-hit games and has hit safely in all five games with Myrtle Beach (9-for-21).
  • CF Trey Martin (.208) went 2-for-4 with a double and run scored.
  • 1B Jacob Rogers (.262) tied a season high with three walks, going 1-for-2 with a run scored.
  • RHP James Pugliese (1.96) tossed a season-high 3.0 innings and collected his third save. He’s allowed four hits and one run while striking out five batters.

South Bend Cubs (18-22)
Midwest League (Low-A)
Seventh Place (-6.0)

South Bend dropped its seventh game in the last eight contests, falling 8-1 at Lansing.

  • 1B Gioskar Amaya (.216) went 2-for-4 with a double and walk. He has hit safely in six of the last seven games.
  • 2B Jason Vosler (.266) has multi-hit games in five of his last seven contests, going 2-for-4 with a double.
  • 3B Jesse Hodges (.254) went 2-for-4 with a double. Hodges is 5-for-8 in the last two games.

Cubs Lineup: 5/20/15

Cubs vs. Padres – Petco Park
First Pitch: 9:10 CST
Cubs Starter: Tsuyoshi Wada, LHP
Padres Starter: Tyson Ross, RHP
TV: CSN Chicago; Radio: WBBM 780 AM

Lineup
1. Dexter Fowler, CF
2. Kris Bryant, 3B
3. Anthony Rizzo, 1B
4. Starlin Castro, SS
5. Miguel Montero, C
6. Jorge Soler, RF
7. Chris Coghlan, LF
8. Tsuyoshi Wada, P
9. Addison Russell, 2B

Cubs Minor League Recap: 5/19/15

Tennessee’s pitching powered the team to victory, but Myrtle Beach had its winning streak snapped and South Bend continued to struggle on Tuesday. Iowa was rained out and will be made up on Sept. 1 as part of a doubleheader. Here are some notes from yesterday’s minor league Cubs action:

Tennessee Smokies (22-17)
Southern League (Double-A)
Second Place (-2.0)

Tennessee recorded its second shutout in the last four games, blanking Jackson 3-0.

  • RHP Ivan Pineyro (2.70) struck out six in 7.0 scoreless innings. He gave up four hits and walked three.
  • SS Elliot Soto (.294) went 3-for-3 with a triple, a walk, an RBI and a run scored.
  • 2B Ryan Dent (.240) went 1-for-3 with two runs scored, tying a season high.
  • RHP Ivan Pineyro has gone 3-1 with a 1.38 ERA (4 ER/26.0 IP) in his last four starts.
  • RHP Carl Edwards Jr. (3.20) collected his third save, tossing 2.0 scoreless innings of relief (0 H, 3 BB).

Myrtle Beach Pelicans (23-13)
Carolina League (High-A)
First Place (+3.5)

Myrtle Beach had its five-game winning streak snapped, falling 6-2 at home to Frederick.

  • 2B Chesny Young (.389) went 2-for-5 with a stolen base. He has three consecutive multi-hit games and has hit safely in all four games with Myrtle Beach (7-for-18).
  • C Victor Caratini (.213) went 2-for-3 with a walk and a run scored.
  • RF Mark Zagunis (.311) reached base four times, going 1-for-2 with three walks. He’s now hit safely in nine straight games (.417/15-for-36).
  • RHP Juan Paniagua (0.00) tossed 2.1 scoreless innings. In five appearances with Myrtle Beach, he has allowed zero runs on four hits in 11.1 innings, fanning 12 batters and walking three.

South Bend (18-21)
Midwest League (Low-A)
Sixth Place (-5.0)

South Bend dropped its sixth game in its last seven contests, falling 7-3 at Lansing.

  • 3B Jesse Hodges (.245) recorded a season-high three hits, going 3-for-4 with a triple and an RBI (15).
  • LF Charcer Burks (.321) went 2-for-4 with two RBI and a stolen base. He has hit safely in 10 straight games (.311/14-for-45).
  • SS Jason Vosler (.257) went 2-for-4 with a run scored. He has multi-hit games in four of his last six contests.

Cubs Lineup: 5/19/15

Cubs vs. Padres – Petco Park
First Pitch: 9:10 CST
Cubs Starter: Jason Hammel, RHP
Padres Starter: James Shields, RHP
TV: WGN Chicago, MLB Network; Radio: WBBM 780 AM

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

Theo Epstein’s Hot Stove Cool Music guest list announced

Music and baseball will be in the same lineup again at Wrigleyville’s Metro on July 9, when Chicago Cubs President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein, Hall of Fame baseball writer Peter Gammons and Cubs broadcaster Len Kasper join an all-star lineup of musicians and personalities for the fourth annual Hot Stove Cool Music Chicago benefit concert. The annual event celebrates music, baseball and giving back.

Benefiting Epstein’s Foundation To Be Named Later (FTBNL), the fundraiser will feature ensemble performances by a special guest “headliner to be named later” (at the headliner’s request) and noted rockers from Chicago and Boston. The lineup includes Jimmy Chamberlin (Smashing Pumpkins), John Stirratt (Wilco), Daxx Nielsen (Cheap Trick), Jennifer Hall, Matt Spiegel and Curt Morrison (Tributosaurus), Freda Love Smith (Blake Babies, Mysteries of Life), Jake Smith (Mysteries of Life), Gerald Dowd, Jason Narducy (Split Single, Bob Mould) and more. Epstein, Gammons and Kasper also will perform with the bands. WXRT’s Lin Brehmer, actor Joel Murray and actor/comedian Mike O’Malley will serve as the evening’s emcees.

“The foundation is grateful for the incredible generosity of the musicians, sponsors and fans who dedicate their time, effort, energy and, most importantly, their passion to help us provide opportunities for Chicago youth by supporting the organizations that work tirelessly as their advocates,” said FTBNL co-founder Theo Epstein. “We’ve collectively raised more than $6 million and look forward to increasing that total this year through another great night of music, baseball and giving back.”

Tickets go on sale on Friday, May 22, at noon CST. General admission tickets are $75, and there will be no service fees for cash purchases. Fans can buy tickets online at metrochicago.com or in person at the Metro Box Office located at 3730 N. Clark St. VIP tickets also will be available at ftbnl.org.

In addition to the all-star music lineup, the evening will include several special guests as well as live and silent auctions featuring signed sports memorabilia and priceless entertainment experiences.

Nonprofit beneficiaries include Chicago Children’s Choir, Chicago Wapiti RFC, City Year Chicago, Family Reach Foundation, Garfield Park Little League, Girls in the Game, Jackie Robinson West, Marwen, Special Olympics and South Chicago Arts Center.

For more information on Foundation To Be Named Later programs and events, or to make a donation, please visit foundationtobenamedlater.org.

Cubs Minor League Recap: 5/18/15

Iowa edged out a win, but Tennessee couldn’t get the bats going and South Bend continued its skid on Monday. Myrtle Beach had the day off and will return to action Tuesday. Here are some notes from yesterday’s Cubs minor league action:

Iowa Cubs (19-19)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
Second Place (-7.0)

CF Matt Szczur went 4-for-4 with a run scored as the I-Cubs defeated Oklahoma City, 3-2.

  • Szczur (.327) has gone 5-for-7 with a double, two walks, two stolen bases and two runs scored in his first two games back with Iowa.
  • 1B Taylor Davis (.347) went 3-for-4 with two doubles and a run scored. He’s 6-for-7 with five doubles in his last two games.
  • RHP Donn Roach tossed his seventh straight quality start, as he improved to a perfect 5-0 after pitching 6.0 innings and giving up just one earned run Monday. He has posted a 1.40 ERA (7 ER/45.0 IP) in those seven starts.

Tennessee Smokies (21-17)
Southern League (Double-A)
Second Place (-2.0)

Tennessee was blanked for the second straight game, falling 11-0 to visiting Jackson.

  • The Smokies mustered just three hits. DH Willson Contreras recorded the only extra-base hit, going 1-for-4 with a triple.
  • RHP P.J. Francescon (0.57) tossed a scoreless ninth inning. He has allowed just one earned run in 15.2 innings (11 games) this season.

South Bend Cubs (18-20)
Midwest League (Low-A)
Sixth Place (-4.0)

South Bend dropped its fifth game in the last six contests, falling 7-5 at Lansing.

  • C Cael Brockmeyer (.316) collected his fifth three-hit game of the season, going 3-for-3 with a walk and two RBI.
  • 1B-C Gioskar Amaya (.214) extended his hitting streak to five games (.333/7-for-21), going 2-for-4 with a run scored and three RBI.
  •  LF Charcer Burks (.316) went 2-for-5 with two runs scored and a stolen base. He’s hit safely in nine straight games (.293/12-for-41).
  • RF-1B Yasiel Balaguert (.218) went 2-for-3 with a walk.
  • The SB-Cubs collected 11 hits, all singles, in the loss.

Cubs acquire RHP Medina from Seattle for C Castillo

Medina

(Photo by Otto Greule Jr./Getty Images)

The Cubs acquired right-handed pitcher Yoervis Medina from the Mariners for catcher Welington Castillo on Tuesday. Medina will report to Triple-A Iowa.

Medina, 26, has posted a 2.82 ERA (43 ER/137.0 IP) in 141 appearances out of the Mariners bullpen in the last three seasons, turning in a 10-9 record with 43 holds and two saves. He struck out 140 batters in 137.0 innings while limiting opponents to a .216 batting average, including a .228 mark versus right-handed hitters and a .198 mark versus left-handers. Medina has held opponents to a .325 on-base percentage and only a .321 slugging percentage, good for just a .646 opponents OPS.

The 6-foot-3, 245-pound right-hander 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 improved upon those numbers by going 5-3 with 21 holds and a 2.68 ERA in 66 relief outings while leading the Mariners and ranking 12th in the league in holds.  This year, Medina has gone 1-0 with three holds, one save and a 3.00 ERA in 12 relief outings.

Medina is a native of Puerto Cabello, Venezuela, and originally signed with the Mariners as a non-drafted free agent in 2005.

Castillo, 28, departs the Cubs a career .252 hitter (254-for-1,006) with 29 home runs and 110 RBI in 310 games over six seasons (2010-15). He originally signed with the club as a non-drafted free agent in 2004. Castillo saw action in a career high 113 games in 2013, batting .274 with eight home runs and 32 RBI, before hitting .237 with 13 homers and 46 RBI in 110 games last season. Castillo batted .163 with two homers and five RBI in 24 games with the Cubs this season.

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