6/25 Beeler to start Saturday

Right-hander Dallas Beeler, who has been pitching this season at Triple-A Iowa, will be added to the Cubs roster Saturday to start the first game of a doubleheader against the Nationals. Beeler, who turned 25 on June 12, was 5-3 with a 4.03 ERA in 10 starts at Iowa this season, striking out 43 while walking 15 over 60 1/3 innings.

“All the guys showed very well this spring,” Cubs manager Rick Renteria said Wednesday. “I think he’s a kid who everybody is looking forward to having an opportunity to show what he can do.”

Beeler was a 41st round pick in the 2010 First-Year Player Draft. In his last start Monday against Albuquerque, he gave up three runs on four hits and two walks over six innings.

— Carrie Muskat


Why are the Cubs playing a double header on Saturday., and off on Sunday?

Because the schedule originally had them playing Sunday and Sunday is the Gay Pride Parade, which runs through Lakeview and comes within a few blocks of Wrigley. Not only does the parade close off streets near its route, but it attracted just over 1,000,000 people last year. The Cubs decided in the interest of crowd control that they would play a double header on Saturday and postpone their Sunday game. And for the record, the Cubs have been out of town during the last few Pride Parades, so this is the first time this issue has come up in awhile. And the last time the Cubs were in town during the Pride Parade, the parade was smaller in both attendance and length of the route, so crowd management was a little bit easier several years ago.

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