7/31 Extra bases – Trade Deadline day

* The Cubs are 4-5 so far on this homestand with the finale Thursday at Wrigley Field. The Cubs are 6-16 in their last 22 games following a four-game winning streak, June 30-July 4.

* Jake Arrieta gets the start Thursday against the Rockies. He is 5-2 with a 2.18 ERA in 15 starts since making his season debut May 3. He has nine quality starts, and will try to become the first Cubs pitcher with 10-straight quality starts in a single season since Steve Trachsel had 11 in a row from June 5-Aug. 9, 1994.

* Since the start of May, Arrieta has the second-best ERA in the National League and fifth-best ERA in all of baseball. The White Sox’s Chris Sale leads the Majors with a 1.74 ERA since May 1.

* The Cubs have been outscored, 14-2, in the first inning on this homestand, and given up two or more runs in the opening frame in five contests.

* Looking ahead to Cubs vs. Dodgers, here are the pitching matchups:

Friday: RHP Kyle Hendricks (1-1, 2.33) vs. RHP Dan Haren (8-8, 4.49)
Saturday: LHP Tsuyoshi Wada (1-1, 3.38) vs. LHP Hyun-jin Ryu (12-5, 3.44)
Sunday: RHP Edwin Jackson (5-11, 5.79) vs. RHP Josh Beckett (6-5, 2.74)

7/30 Rusin added to roster

Prior to Wednesday’s game, the Cubs recalled lefty Chris Rusin, and optioned Blake Parker to Triple-A Iowa. The Cubs delayed the announcement, possibly because they had hoped to make a deal involving Emilio Bonifacio, which would have opened a roster spot.

7/30 Cubs lineup

No Emilio Bonifacio in the Cubs’ lineup Wednesday against the Rockies. Here’s the starting nine:

Alcantara 2B
Coghlan LF
Rizzo 1B
Castro SS
Valbuena 3B
Lake CF
Sweeney RF
Baker C
T. Wood P

7/30 Here’s what we know …

* The Cubs have acquired left-handed pitcher Felix Doubront from the Red Sox for a player to be named later.

* Emilio Bonifacio is not in the Cubs lineup because of a possible deal. Bonifacio did go out to hit, and pulled at his Cubs’ t-shirt saying, “I’m here.”

* Chris Rusin has joined the Cubs as reinforcements for the bullpen. No corresponding move has been made.

* And the Cubs have acquired Minor League pitcher Jonathan Martinez from the Dodgers to complete the Darwin Barney deal.

– Carrie Muskat

7/30 Cubs get Minor League pitcher

The Cubs will get Minor League right-handed pitcher Jonathan Martinez from the Dodgers to complete the trade for Darwin Barney. USA Today’s Bob Nightengale first reported the transaction Wednesday. The Dodgers confirmed the move in a release. Martinez, 20, was 7-5 with a 3.47 ERA in 19 starts at Class A Great Lakes in the Midwest League. He’s struck out 91 over 106 1/3 innings and walked 19.

The Cubs dealt Barney, a 2012 Gold Glove winning second baseman, on Monday, and he was expected to join the Dodgers on Wednesday. Barney was batting .230 in 72 games with Chicago, and had seen his playing time diminish with the arrival of rookie Arismendy Alcantara.

– Carrie Muskat

7/30 Bonifacio rumors

Cubs GM Jed Hoyer hinted on Tuesday that the team may move some of the players who will be free agents after this season, and that list apparently includes Emilio Bonifacio. There were reports Wednesday that the Giants, Royals, Mariners and Reds were looking at the switch-hitting Bonifacio, 29, who was batting .279 in 298 plate appearances for the Cubs. This was Bonifacio’s first season in Chicago and he has been slotted into the leadoff spot for most of the year. He did miss time from mid June to mid July with a strained right rib cage.

– Carrie Muskat

7/30 Cubs to acquire Doubront

The Cubs made a significant addition to the pitching corp on Wednesday, acquiring left-hander Felix Doubront from the Red Sox for a player to be named later.
FOXSports.com’s Jon Morosi first reported the deal was close on Wednesday. With starter Jon Lester being scratched for Wednesday’s game because of his uncertain trade status, the Red Sox are already in a position to make a roster move so Brandon Workman could start against the Blue Jays.

The Cubs are in need of pitching. Doubront, 26, has appeared in 17 games for the Red Sox this season (10 starts) and has logged 59 1/3 innings. He’s 2-4 with a 6.07 ERA. He’ll be reunited in Chicago with Theo Epstein, who was Boston’s general manager when Doubront was signed in 2005, and is now the president of baseball operations.

–Carrie Muskat

7/30 Do you remember Fred Pfeffer?

Baseball historian Ed Hartig did some research on the last Cubs position player to pick up a win, and discovered Fred Pfeffer. Hartig’s description of a non-pitcher was someone who pitched in five or fewer games while playing a significant number of games in the field. Pfeffer was clearly a fielder who was called on to pitch in emergency situations in 1885. He played in 112 games that year, 109 at second. He pitched in five games as well, going 2-1.

John Baker, the Cubs’ backup catcher who picked up the win against the Rockies, is still the first true position player to get a win as a pitcher.

– Carrie Muskat

7/30 Countdown to Trade Deadline

GM Jed Hoyer and Theo Epstein have both indicated the Cubs could make another move by Thursday’s 3 p.m. CT Trade Deadline. The players most likely to go would be those who will be free agents after this season. That list includes:

Nate Schierholtz .198/.244/.310
Emilio Bonifacio .279/.318/.373
John Baker .216/.308/.256

Carlos Villanueva 4-6, 5.49 ERA in 28 games (2.87 ERA as reliever; 10.53 ERA in five starts)

Of course, with Baker’s outstanding pitching performance on Tuesday night/Wednesday morning, they’ll probably keep him.

7/30 Minor matters – Tuesday’s games

Kris Bryant hit his 12th home run, a solo shot, and Dae-Eun Rhee threw six scoreless innings but it wasn’t enough as Iowa lost, 2-1 in 10 innings to New Orleans. Bryant had been in a mini slump. He was batting .194 (7-for-36) in his 11 games, July 19-27. Mike Olt had two hits, and was batting .320 with Iowa. It was Iowa’s sixth straight loss.

Tennessee tied the game with a run in the top of the ninth but lost, 3-2, to Birmingham. Jae-Hoon Ha had two hits, including a double. He tied the game with a RBI single in the ninth. Pierce Johnson gave up two runs over six innings.

Kyle Schwarber hit a walk-off two-run homer in the 10th to lead Daytona to a 6-4 win over Bradenton. Schwarber finished with two hits, also hitting a double. Wes Darvill had two hits, and has five RBIs in his last four games.

Jacob Rogers hit two home runs, both solo shots, in Kane County’s 3-2 loss to Wisconsin. Duane Underwood gave up two runs over five innings.

Boise romped 11-2 over Hillsboro. Danny Lockhart was 4-for-4 with two doubles and two RBIs. Mark Zagunis had three hits and two RBIs and Danny Canela drove in three runs on three hits.

Mesa committed five errors in a 11-4 loss to the Angels. Andrew Ely had three hits, and Gleyber Torres tripled and drove in two runs.


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