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Cubs Lineup: 8/6/15

Cubs vs. Giants — Wrigley Field
First Pitch: 7:05 CST
Cubs Starter: Jason Hammel, RHP
Giants Starter: Chris Heston, RHP
TV: CSN Chicago; Radio: WBBM 780 AM

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

Cubs Minor League Recap: 8/5/15

Tennessee, Myrtle Beach, South Bend and Mesa all secured wins Wednesday while Iowa had its winning streak snapped and Eugene had the day off. Here are some notes from yesterday’s minor league action:

Iowa Cubs (60-51)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
Third Place (-7.0)

Iowa had its six-game winning streak snapped, falling to Omaha in the series opener, 9-5.

  • LF Adron Chambers (.268) went 2-for-5, knocked a triple (2), plated two runs (21) and scored twice.
  • C Taylor Davis (.283) went 2-for-4 with a double (13), recorded an RBI (20) and scored once.
  • 3B Christian Villanueva (.272) went 1-for-4, hit a double (19), drew a walk and plated one run (59).

Tennessee Smokies (18-20)
Southern League (Double-A)
Third Place (-7.0)

Tennessee cruised to a 13-1 victory over Birmingham. The Smokies recorded 18 hits.

  • 3B Tommy La Stella (.348) went 2-for-5, plated one (3), and scored once.
  • C Miguel Montero (.167) went 1-for-5 in his third rehab appearance with Tennessee.
  • LF Jacob Hannemann (.234) went 2-for-5, crushed a three-run homer (3), drew a walk and scored three runs, extending his hitting streak to five games (8-for-21/.381).
  • DH Willson Contreras (.338) went 4-for-5 with a double (27) and three RBI (57). He has a nine-game hitting streak (.556/20-for-36), including five straight multi-hit efforts.
  • 2B Stephen Bruno (.269) went 3-for-3 with a double (14), an RBI (41), two walks and three runs scored.
  • CF Albert Almora (.240) and 1B Jacob Rogers (.256) each added multi-hit efforts.
  • RHP Ryan Williams (2.98) allowed just three hits and fanned one in 6.0 scoreless frames to pick up the win.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans (23-17)
Carolina League (High-A)
Second Place (-1.5)

1B Jason Vosler (.256) blasted a two-run homer in the ninth to send the game into extras. The Pelicans went on to top Wilmington in walk-off fashion, 3-2 in 10 innings.

  • Vosler (.256) went 1-for-3 and drew a walk in addition to his game-tying homer.
  • 2B Daniel Lockhart (.236) went 2-for-4 with a double (14) and the game-winning RBI (26).
  • RHP Jen-Ho Tseng (3.41) tossed his second consecutive quality start and fanned six batters.
  • RHP Josh Conway (3.00) earned the win after tossing 3.0 scoreless innings of relief.

South Bend Cubs (19-20)
Midwest League (Low-A)
T-Fourth Place (-4.0)

South Bend won its third game in its last four contests, topping Kane County, 10-2.

  • 1B David Bote (.236) went 3-for-5 and plated two runs (26).
  • DH Gioskar Amaya (.267) went 2-for-3, hit a double (10) and scored twice, extending his hitting streak to five games (7-for-20/.350).
  • RF Jeffrey Baez (.257) went 1-for-4, knocked an RBI triple (4) that plated three runs (25), drew a walk, swiped a bag (22) and scored twice, extending his hitting streak to seven games (13-for-32/.406).
  • SS Gleyber Torres (.306) went 1-for-4 with two RBI (53), a stolen base (18) and one run scored.
  • 2B Vimael Machin (.185) went 1-for-3, plated two (3), drew a walk and scored once.

Mesa Cubs (5-3)
Arizona Rookie League
First Place (+0.5)

The Mesa Cubs bested the AZL Dodgers in walk-off fashion, 2-1.

  • C Tyler Payne (.214) went 1-for-3 and drew a walk. He has recorded a hit in his last five appearances.
  • LF Michael Foster (.302) went 0-for-3, drew a walk and scored once.
  • RHP Luis Hernandez (0.82) earned the win, tossed 2.0 scoreless innings of relief, allowed just one hit and fanned six batters.

Cubs name Jeffrey Baez, Brad Markey MiLB Player, Pitcher of the Month

On Wednesday, the Cubs named Single-A South Bend outfielder Jeffrey Baez and Single-A Myrtle Beach right-handed pitcher Brad Markey the organization’s minor league player and pitcher of the month for July, respectively.

Baez, 21, batted .333 (32-for-96) with 19 runs scored, three doubles, one triple, six home runs, 15 RBI and nine stolen bases in 24 July games for South Bend. He recorded a .347 on-base percentage and a .573 slugging percentage, good for a .920 OPS. The right-handed hitter recorded an 11-game hitting streak from July 10-22 in which he batted .523 (23-for-44) with three homers, 11 RBI and a 1.374 OPS that led to Midwest League Player of the Week honors for July 13-19.

Baez last month ranked second in the Midwest League in home runs and slugging, ranked third in OPS, tied for fifth in runs and stolen bases and was tied for seventh in batting average. This season for South Bend, he is hitting .257 (70-for-272) with 11 doubles, three triples, seven homers, 22 RBI and 21 stolen bases in 77 games.

The six-foot, 180-pound Baez was originally signed by the Cubs as a non-drafted free agent in July of 2010. The Venezuela native is a .270 career hitter (315-for-1,168) with 55 doubles, 17 triples, 29 homers and 147 RBI in 317 minor league games. He has stolen 125 bases and been caught just 34 times.

Markey, 23, was 3-0 with a 1.26 ERA (4 ER/28.2 IP) and 21 strikeouts compared to three walks in five games between South Bend and Myrtle Beach. He held opponents to a .173 batting average (17-for-98), a .198 on-base percentage and a .245 slugging mark. He allowed one or no runs in four of his five outings, and on July 26 vs. Carolina, struck out 10 hitters in 7.0 shutout innings.

Markey’s 0.70 WHIP in July was tied for the lowest among all Single-A pitchers and tied for second-lowest in all of the minors. His .173 average against was tied for eighth in Single-A baseball.

After starting the season with two saves and a 2.48 ERA (8 ER/29.0 IP) in 12 games, all but one as a reliever, with South Bend, Markey was promoted to Myrtle Beach July 5 and has gone 3-0 with a 0.91 ERA (3 ER/29.2 IP) in five games (four starts) for the Pelicans. All told, Markey is 3-0 with two saves and a 1.69 ERA (11 ER/58.2 IP) in 17 games (five starts) this season, having struck out 42 compared to seven walks.

Selected by Chicago in the 19th round of the 2014 draft out of Virginia Tech, Markey is 4-1 with four saves and a 2.16 ERA (21 ER/87.2 IP) in 32 career minor league contests, including five as a starter. He has walked 12 and struck out 71 while allowing just four home runs.

Cubs 10th Homestand Events and Promotions: 8/6/15-8/13/15

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Fans can get their Ron Santo flag on Saturday, Aug. 8, at Wrigley Field

The Cubs look to keep their postseason push going as they return to Wrigley Field for series against the Giants from Aug. 6-9 and the Pirates from Aug. 11-13. Fans can enjoy a number of promotional giveaways, events and entertainment throughout the homestand.

Following the game Thursday, Aug. 13, Cubs pitcher and cancer survivor Jon Lester and his wife, Farrah, will host NVRQT Night at Metro Chicago. The night will include a celebrity “3 Up, 3 Down” tic-tac-toe-themed game show featuring Jon and Farrah, Cubs players Anthony Rizzo and David Ross, former Cubs pitcher Ryan Dempster, Chicago native and former professional wrestler CM Punk, along with other celebrities, coaches and teammates. Attendees can watch the excitement, partake in live and silent auctions, and enjoy dinner and cocktails. A limited number of general admission tickets are available for $200 at cubs.com/NVRQT. Tickets include food and beverage. Net proceeds from the event will benefit Lester’s NVRQT campaign, run by the Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation (PCRF), which helps raise awareness and money for pediatric cancer research.

Once the homestand concludes, Wrigley Field will host the Under Armour All-America Baseball Game, powered by Baseball Factory on Saturday, Aug. 15, at 3:05 p.m. The game features a collection of the country’s top high school prospects during a weekend of intense competition, instruction and national exposure. Since the game’s inception in 2008, 217 of the 255 draft-eligible players from the Under Armour All-America Game were selected in the MLB Amateur Draft, including 60 first-round picks. Fans can learn more about the game and secure complimentary tickets at baseballfactory.com/allamerica.

Tickets remain available for both the Giants and Brewers series at cubs.com or 800-THE-CUBS (800-843-2827). Details of the homestand follow.

Promotions
On Thursday, Aug. 6, up to the first 10,000 fans at the game will receive a Cubs water bottle presented by Comcast SportsNet. As part of Cholesterol Awareness Night, AstraZeneca will offer free lipid screenings and cholesterol education to fans 18-and-older across from Wrigley Field on Addison Street from 4 p.m. through the third inning.

On Friday, Aug. 7, up to the first 10,000 fans 21-and-older will receive a Cubs floppy hat presented by RumChata.

Up to the first 10,000 fans will receive a Ron Santo Retired Number Flag presented by StubHub on Saturday, Aug. 8.

Kids Sundays continue on Sunday, Aug. 9, with up to the first 5,000 children age 13 and younger receiving a “Construction Clark” Plush Bear. The first 1,000 kids 13-and-under can run the bases postgame, weather permitting.

On Tuesday, Aug. 11, the Cubs invite Girl Scouts and their family members to join Girl Scout Night at Wrigley Field. Participants who attend this Special Group Night receive a commemorative Cubs-themed scout patch with their ticket, available at cubs.com/specialevents.

Wednesday, Aug. 12, is Law Enforcement Appreciation Night. Fans can show their support of Chicago area law enforcement as each designated ticket in the Terrace Reserved Outfield section includes a special Cubs law enforcement baseball cap. Special Group Night tickets are available at cubs.com/specialevents.

Let’s Give Charitable Campaign
As part of this year’s ongoing “Let’s Give” campaign, fans will have the opportunity to learn more about Cubs Charities programming and give back to the community.

Following the game on Friday, Aug. 7, Cubs manager Joe Maddon will continue his “Respect Community” charity T-shirt initiative by representing the Breakthrough Youth Network. Breakthrough partners with those affected by poverty to build connections, develop skills and open doors of opportunity. The Breakthrough Youth Network, with the support of a grant from Cubs Care, a fund of the McCormick Foundation, serves more than 780 students through education and sports programming for at-risk youth. Breakthrough recently opened a FamilyPlex in East Garfield Park, including an indoor baseball training facility funded by a Cubs Charities Diamond Project grant.

Guests and Entertainment:
On Thursday, Aug. 6, Chicago-native actor Joel Murray will throw a ceremonial first pitch and lead the seventh-inning stretch.

On Friday, Aug. 7, Hall of Fame Chicago Blackhawks broadcaster Pat Foley will throw a first pitch and lead the stretch.

Former Cubs pitcher Rick Sutcliffe will throw a first pitch and lead the stretch on Saturday, Aug. 8.

Northwestern University men’s basketball coach Chris Collins will throw a pitch and lead the stretch on Sunday, Aug. 9.

Chicago-native rock band Umphrey’s McGee will join the team for the National Anthem, first pitch and seventh-inning stretch on Tuesday, Aug. 11.

The Blue Angels, the U.S. Navy’s Flight Demonstration Squadron, will lead the stretch on Wednesday, Aug. 12.

Food Specials
The Decade Diner in the right-field concourse will continue its rotating menu of homestand specials with a BBQ Brisket Sandwich featuring 18-hour-smoked beef brisket, Levy Restaurant’s signature BBQ sauce, lettuce and tomato on a Martin’s famous potato roll. Fans also can order a Chicken Parmesan Sandwich with a breaded chicken breast, housemade marinara sauce and provolone on a toasted garlic hoagie roll.

Platform 14, the outdoor concession area in the Budweiser Bleachers located behind the center-field scoreboard, will continue serving three rotating selections of Hot Doug’s sausages. New this homestand are the “Mick Kelleher,” a bacon cheeseburger sausage with ketchup aioli, chopped bacon and Swiss cheese, and the “Ray Burris,” a chicken chorizo sausage with jalapeño dijonnaise and Chihuahua cheese. Returning is the “Champ Summers,” a spicy Vienna Polish sausage served with Goose Island beer mustard and crispy fried onions.

Homestand Recap, August 6-13
Thursday, Aug. 6 vs. San Francisco Giants, 7:05 p.m.

  • Promotion: Cubs Water Bottle presented by Comcast SportsNet (up to the first 10,000 fans)
  • Cholesterol Awareness Night presented by AstraZeneca: Free lipid screenings and cholesterol education to fans 18-and-older across from Wrigley Field on Addison Street (4 p.m. through third inning)
  • First pitch and seventh-inning stretch: Chicago-native actor Joel Murray
  • Broadcast: CSN, WBBM 780-AM, Cubs.com

Friday, Aug. 7 vs. San Francisco Giants, 3:05 p.m.

  • Promotion: Cubs Floppy Hat presented by RumChata (up to the first 10,000 fans 21-and-older)
  • First pitch and seventh-inning stretch: Hall of Fame Chicago Blackhawks broadcaster Pat Foley
  • Broadcast: WGN, MLB Network, WBBM 780-AM, WRTO 1200-AM Spanish Radio, Cubs.com

Saturday, Aug. 8 vs. San Francisco Giants, 3:05 p.m.

  • Promotion: Ron Santo Retired Number Flag presented by StubHub (up to the first 10,000 fans)
  • First pitch and seventh-inning stretch: Former Cubs pitcher Rick Sutcliffe
  • Broadcast: ABC 7, WBBM 780-AM, WRTO 1200-AM Spanish Radio, Cubs.com

Sunday, Aug. 9 vs. San Francisco Giants, 1:20 p.m.

  • Promotion: “Construction Clark” Plush Bear (up to the first 5,000 children age 13-and-younger); Kids Run the Bases postgame (first 1,000 kids 13-and-under)
  • First pitch and seventh-inning stretch: Northwestern University men’s basketball coach Chris Collins
  • Broadcast: CSN, TBS, WBBM 780-AM, Cubs.com

Tuesday, Aug. 11 vs. Milwaukee Brewers, 7:05 p.m.

  • Special Group Night: Girl Scout Night (designated tickets include a Cubs-themed scout patch)
  • National Anthem, first pitch and seventh-inning stretch: Chicago-native rock band Umphrey’s McGee
  • Broadcast: CSN, WBBM 780-AM, Cubs.com

Wednesday, Aug. 12 vs. Milwaukee Brewers, 7:05 p.m.

  • Special Group Night: Law Enforcement Appreciation Night (designated tickets include a Cubs Law Enforcement baseball cap)
  • Seventh-inning stretch: Blue Angels, the U.S. Navy’s Flight Demonstration Squadron
  • Broadcast: WGN, WBBM 780-AM, Cubs.com

Thursday, Aug. 13 vs. Milwaukee Brewers, 1:20 p.m.

  • Broadcast: ABC 7, WBBM 780-AM, Cubs.com
  • NVRQT Night at Metro Chicago

Cubs Lineup: 8/4/15

Cubs vs. Pirates — PNC Park
First Pitch: 6:05 CST
Cubs Starter: Jake Arrieta, RHP
Pirates Starter: J.A. Happ, LHP
TV: WGN-TV; Radio: WBBM 780 AM

1. Dexter Fowler, CF
2. Chris Denorfia, LF
3. Kris Bryant, 3B
4. Anthony Rizzo, 1B
5. Jorge Soler, RF
6. Starlin Castro, SS
7. David Ross, C
8. Jake Arrieta, P
9. Addison Russell, 2B

Cubs Lineup: 8/3/15

Cubs vs. Pirates — PNC Park
First Pitch: 6:05 CST
Cubs Starter: Jon Lester, LHP
Pirates Starter: Francisco Liriano, LHP
TV: CSN Chicago, ESPN; Radio: WBBM 780 AM

1. Dexter Fowler, CF
2. Chris Denorfia, LF
3. Kris Bryant, 3B
4. Anthony Rizzo, 1B
5. Jorge Soler, RF
6. Starlin Castro, SS
7. David Ross, C
8. Jon Lester, P
9. Addison Russell, 2B

Cubs Minor League Recap: 8/2/15

Iowa, Tennessee, South Bend and Mesa all picked up wins while Myrtle Beach and Eugene were both handed losses Sunday. Here are some notes from yesterday’s minor league action:

Iowa Cubs (58-50)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
Third Place (-8.0)

Iowa won its fourth straight contest, topping Colorado Springs, 9-7, despite being outhit 17-13.

  • LF Adron Chambers (.265) went 2-for-3 with a double (16), two RBI (18) and a sacrifice fly.
  • CF John Andreoli (.288) went 2-for-4, crushed a double (15) and a triple (5), plated one (19), drew a walk and scored three times. He extended his hitting streak to six games (11-for-27/.407).
  • 3B Mike Olt (.300) went 2-for-5 with a double (10), an RBI (17), and one run scored, extending his hitting streak to 12 games (20-for-47/.426).
  • C Taylor Davis (.279) went 2-for-3 with a triple (2), a two-out RBI (19), a walk, and two runs scored.
  • 2B Arismendy Alcantara (.240) went 2-for-4 and scored twice.

Tennessee Smokies (16-19)
Southern League (Double-A)
Third Place (-8.0)

Tennessee plated five runs in the third inning and held on to top Birmingham, 5-2.

  • 3B Tommy La Stella and C Miguel Montero both made rehab appearances. La Stella (.250) went 1-for-4 with a double (2) and an RBI (2) while Montero (.333) went 1-for-3.
  • RF Jacob Hannemann (.228) recorded a three-run double (17), a walk and a run scored.
  • DH Willson Contreras (.324) went 2-for-4 with an RBI double (26), extending his hitting streak to six games (11-for-23/.478).
  • SS Ryan Dent (.223) finished 3-for-3, drew a walk and scored once.
  • 1B Jacob Rogers (.243) went 2-for-4 and scored once.
  • 2B Stephen Bruno (.266) had two doubles (13) and one run scored.
  • RHP Andres Santiago (3.99) tossed 6.0 scoreless frames and fanned a season-high eight batters.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans (21-17)
Carolina League (High-A)
T-Second Place (-2.5)

Myrtle Beach was blanked by Frederick, 2-0. The Pelicans were 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position.

  • 2B Daniel Lockhart (.231) went 2-for-4 and collected his 13th double.
  • DH Jordan Hankins (.200) went 1-for-3 with a double (3) and a walk. He has hit a double in three-straight games and extended his hitting streak to six games (7-for-18/.389).
  • LHP Tyler Ihrig (4.29) tossed his first quality start with the Pelicans, pitching 6.0 shutout innings and striking out three.

South Bend Cubs (18-19)
Midwest League (Low-A)
Sixth Place (-4.0)

2B David Bote (.227) blasted a two-out grand slam in the eighth inning to lift South Bend to a 7-2 victory at Dayton. Bote went 1-for-4 on the day.

  • LF-RF Ian Happ (.290) went 2-for-5 and plated two runs (2).
  • CF Rashad Crawford (.291) finished 2-for-4 with two doubles (10) and one run scored.
  • 1B-LF Yasiel Balaguert (.274) went 2-for-4 and scored once.
  • RF Jeffry Baez (.252) was 2-for-5, knocked a double (9), plated one (22) and scored once.

Eugene Emeralds (4-3)
Northwest League (Short-Season A)
Second Place (-1.0)

Eugene dropped the series finale at Spokane, falling to the Indians, 4-1.

  • RHP Oscar De La Cruz (2.72) gave up no earned runs in 5.2 innings, fanning three.
  • 1B Blake Headley (.261) went 2-for-3 and scored once, extending his hitting streak to nine games (12-for-31/.387).
  • 3B Andrew Ely (.357) went 2-for-5 with two doubles (5).
  • LF Ricardo Marcano (.281) went 1-for-2, plated one (10) and drew two walks.

Mesa Cubs (3-2)
Arizona Rookie League
T-First Place (–)

The Mesa Cubs topped the AZL Giants, 7-3. They face the Giants at home tonight.

  • 3B P.J. Higgins (.324) went 3-for-5, plated two runs (5), swiped a base and scored twice.
  • 2B Carlos Sepulveda (.254) went 2-for-5, earned two RBI (16) and stole a base (6).
  • 1B Ben Carhart (.667) went 2-for-3 with an RBI, a double and one run scored in his first game with the Mesa Cubs.

Cubs acquire RHP Hunter from Baltimore; DFA RHP Rowen

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The Cubs acquired right-handed pitcher Tommy Hunter from the Baltimore Orioles for outfielder Junior Lake on Friday. Additionally, right-handed pitcher Ben Rowen has been designated for assignment.

Hunter, 29, has pitched all or part of eight major league seasons with the Texas Rangers (2008-11) and Baltimore (2011-15). Since moving into a full-time bullpen role with Baltimore in the 2013 season, Hunter has gone 11-9 with 39 holds, 15 saves and a 3.05 ERA (65 ER/191.2 IP) in 167 relief outings the last three years, limiting opponents to a .276 on-base percentage and .357 slugging percentage for only a .633 opponents OPS. He has walked only 37 batters in 191.2 innings and posted a 1.95 ERA (6 ER/27.2 IP) in 21 outings against the National League the last three years.

The right-hander saw 75 of his first 98 major league outings come as a starting pitcher through the 2012 campaign before moving to the bullpen and tying for 10th in the league with 21 holds while posting a 2.81 ERA (27 ER/86.1 IP) and a 0.98 WHIP in a career-high 68 outings in 2013. Hunter saw time as Baltimore’s closer last year and recorded 11 saves to go along with 12 holds and a 2.97 ERA (20 ER/60.2 IP) in 60 appearances. He is 2-2 with six holds and a 3.63 ERA (18 ER/44.2 IP) in 39 appearances for the Orioles this season.

Hunter is 44-33 with 15 saves and a 4.28 ERA (314 ER/661.0 IP) in 265 major league outings, 190 of which have come in relief. He broke into the big leagues with Texas in 2008 at the age of 22 and made all but one of his first 45 major league outings as a starter through 2010, going 13-4 with a 3.73 ERA (53 ER/128.0 IP) in 2010 before being traded to Baltimore with Chris Davis for Koji Uehara on July 30, 2011.  Hunter has reached the postseason three times with Texas (2010) and Baltimore (2012 and 2014).

The 6-foot-3, 250-pound Hunter was selected by the Rangers in the supplemental first round (54th overall) of the 2007 Draft out of the University of Alabama. He is a native of Indianapolis.

Lake, 25, batted .224 (13-for-58) with one home run and five RBI in 21 games with the Cubs this season.  He broke into the big leagues with the Cubs in 2013 and has batted .241 (145-for-602) with 16 home runs and 46 RBI in 193 games over the last three seasons. He originally signed with the Cubs as a non-drafted free agent in 2007.

Rowen, 26, was selected from Triple-A Iowa this past Wednesday, but did not appear in a game for Chicago. He was 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA (9.1 IP) in eight appearances with Iowa since joining the Cubs on a minor league deal on July 4 of this season.

Cubs Lineup: 7/31/15

Cubs vs. Brewers — Miller Park
First Pitch: 7:10 CST
Cubs Starter: Jason Hammel, RHP
Brewers Starter: Taylor Jungmann, RHP
TV: WGN Chicago; Radio: WBBM 780 AM

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

Cubs acquire RHP Haren from Marlins

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The Chicago Cubs today acquired right-handed pitcher Dan Haren and a cash consideration from the Marlins for minor league right-handed pitcher Ivan Pineyro and minor league infielder Elliot Soto.

Haren, 34, is 149-129 with a 3.75 ERA (983 ER/2,361.1 IP) in 380 appearances (369 starts) covering 13 major league seasons with St. Louis (2003-04), Oakland (2005-07), Arizona (2008-10), the Angels (2010-12), Washington (2013), the Dodgers (2014) and Miami (2015). Among active pitchers, he ranks in the top 10 in innings pitched, games started, wins, strikeouts (1,965) and WHIP (1.18). He has seven top 10 finishes in his league in both strikeouts and innings pitched.

A three-time All-Star, Haren has reached 30 starts and double digits in victories while surpassing 175.0 innings pitched in each of the last 10 seasons starting in 2005, numbers that are within reach for an 11th straight campaign in 2015. Haren’s 350 starts since the beginning of the 2005 campaign are most in the majors, while his 143 victories in that span rank third.

Haren broke into the big leagues with the Cardinals in 2003 at the age of 22 and joined Oakland as part of a four-player trade prior to the 2005 season. He earned his first All-Star selection in 2007 with Oakland when he went 15-9 with a 3.07 ERA in 34 starts. He was also an All-Star with Arizona in 2008 and 2009.

Haren has gone 7-7 with a 3.42 ERA (49 ER/129.0 IP) in 21 starts with the Marlins this season. He has issued only 25 walks in 129.0 innings pitched, an average of 1.74 walks per nine innings, the seventh-lowest average in the National League. Haren also has turned in a 1.09 WHIP, 10th lowest in the league, while limiting opponents to a .286 on-base percentage.

Pineyro, 23, was acquired by the Cubs from the Washington Nationals for outfielder Scott Hairston on July 8, 2013. The right-hander has gone 7-5 with a 3.69 ERA in 19 starts with Double-A Tennessee this season after going 0-4 with a 5.55 ERA in 11 starts with Tennessee last year.

Soto, 25, is batting .275 with no home runs and 18 RBI in 88 games with Tennessee this season. He was originally selected by the Cubs in the 15th round of the 2010 Draft. He combined to bat .244 with one home run and 23 RBI in 69 games between Tennessee and Triple-A Iowa last season.

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