8/8 Cubs lineup
Jeff Samardzija gets the start Thursday in the Cubs’ series finale against the Phillies. Here’s the lineup on Anthony Rizzo’s 24th birthday:
* Donnie Murphy Murphy hit two home runs Wednesday in his second straight start at third base. Combined, Cubs third basemen now have hit 19 homers, surpassing the 12 hit by Cubs third basemen last season. The 19 home runs by Cubs third basemen are second-most in the NL and fifth most in the Majors. Here’s some trivia to test your friends: Who has played third base for the Cubs this year? Here’s the list: Luis Valbuena, Cody Ransom, Brent Lillibridge, Murphy, Steve Clevenger and Alberto Gonzalez.
– Carrie Muskat