July 2014

7/22 Rizzo hospital visit

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Anthony Rizzo took time Tuesday to visit patients at the Ann and Robert H. Lurie Childrens Hospital in Chicago.

7/22 Cubs lineup

Kyle Hendricks makes his second Major League start Tuesday night as the Cubs begin a 10-game homestand against the Padres. Here’s the lineup:

Bonifacio 2B
Alcantara CF
Rizzo 1B
Castro SS
Ruggiano RF
Castillo C
Lake LF
Olt 3B
Hendricks P

7/22 Barney DFA; Bonifacio activated

The Cubs designated Darwin Barney for assignment on Tuesday and activated Emilio Bonifacio from the disabled list.

7/22 Cubs vs Padres

Here are the pitching matchups for the Cubs’ upcoming series against the Padres, which starts Tuesday at Wrigley Field:

Tuesday: RHP Kyle Hendricks (0-0, 6.00) vs. LHP Eric Stults (3-11, 4.98)
Wednesday: LHP Tsuyoshi Wada (0-0, 0.00) vs. RHP Ian Kennedy (7-9, 3.62)
Thursday: RHP Edwin Jackson (5-10, 5.61) vs. RHP Tyson Ross (8-10, 2.70)

7/22 Minor matters – Monday’s games

Dan Straily gave up four runs on seven hits over six innings in Iowa’s 5-4 loss to New Orleans. Straily struck out seven. Javier Baez extended his hitting streak to 15 games, and Lars Anderson hit his third home run, a two-run shot in the seventh. Kyuji Fujikawa gave up one run on two hits in one inning in his first rehab outing with the team. Baez played his fourth game at second base, and according to Iowa manager Marty Pevey, will see more action at second than at short in the second half.

Tennessee scored three runs in the bottom of the ninth on Jae-Hoon Ha’s home run but came up short in a 4-3 loss to Mississippi. Matt Loosen took the loss, giving up two runs over five innings. Jorge Soler posted his seventh multi-hit game, and was batting .410.

Rock Shoulders and Jordan Hankins each hit home runs to help Daytona beat Palm Beach, 9-6. Dan Vogelbach had two hits and two RBIs.

Jeimer Candelario hit his fifth home run in Kane County’s 3-1 loss to Great Lakes. Daury Torrez took the loss, giving up three runs over five innings.

Justin Marra hit a solo homer in the eighth in Boise’s 7-6 win over Salem-Keizer. Dan Canela had three RBIs.

Mesa had Monday off.

7/22 Schierholtz honored

The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association (MLBPAA) named Cubs outfielder Nate Schierholtz as the team’s 2014 Heart and Hustle Award winner. The honor goes to active players who demonstrate a passion for the game of baseball and best embody the values, spirit and tradition of the game. The Heart and Hustle Award is also the only award in Major League Baseball that is voted on by former players.

“MLBPAA Director of Communications Nikki Warner said Schierholtz is an exemplary teammate, consummate professional and inspiration to his community.”

The MLBPAA formed 30 committees, comprised of Alumni players with established relationships to each team. One player from each Major League team is chosen by the committees based on their passion, desire and work ethic demonstrated both on and off the field. These players will be recognized prior to an upcoming home game.

7/21 Rizzo named NL Player of the Week

Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo was named NL Player of the Week for the period ending July 20. Rizzo, who made his first All-Star appearance last Tuesday, led the Majors with three home runs, 14 total bases and a 1.273 slugging percentage. He was tied for third in the NL in RBI with four. Rizzo hit two home runs on Friday against the D-Backs, then added his 23rd on Sunday. He has now matched his career high in home runs, set last year.

7/21 Minor matters – Sunday’s games

Chris Rusin posted a quality start, giving up two runs over seven innings, but it wasn’t enough as Iowa lost, 4-3, in 12 innings against Round Rock. Javier Baez extended his hitting streak to 14 games, going 3-for-6.

Addison Russell hit two home runs, including a grand slam, and finished with six RBIs in Tennessee’s 10-3 win over Huntsville. Christian Villanueva added his fourth home run. Emilio Bonifacio was 4-for-5 in a rehab start.

Albert Almora went 4-for-5 and scored two runs in Daytona’s 9-1 win over Palm Beach. Felix Pena picked up the win, giving up one run over seven innings. He struck out seven. Kyle Schwarber, Marco Hernandez and Rock Shoulders had two hits each. Billy McKinney finished with three RBIs.

Jacob Rogers hit his 10th home run in Kane County’s 9-5 loss to Great Lakes. Tyler Skulina took the loss, giving up five runs over 2 2/3 innings. Cael Brockmeyer had two hits.

Boise totaled three hits in a 6-1 loss to Salem-Keizer. Tyler Ihrig took the loss, giving up four earned runs over seven innings.

Dillon Maples gave up two runs on one hit and two walks over three innings in Mesa’s 8-2 loss to the Angels. Kevonte Mitchell and Bryant Flete each had two hits. Maples struck out four.

7/21 Trade rumors

At the All-Star Game, Tampa’s David Price said Chicago “would be the coolest city to win a championship in right now.” Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer feel the same way, which is what enticed them to join the Cubs. FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal speculated Monday that the Cubs should pursue Price and deal some of the team’s top prospects for the pitcher. The Cubs do need starting pitching, but they are not contenders this year, and most likely not in 2015 either.

How does Hoyer feel about the rumors?

“I don’t really pay attention,” Hoyer said Monday in a radio interview on The Game 87.7. “There are going to be a lot of rumors about our players and our acquiring good players because of the good talent we have in the Minors. I think we’ll be lumped into the rumors. We just sort of ignore them.”

7/20 Rizzo hits No. 23

With one out in the sixth inning, Anthony Rizzo hit his 23rd home run Sunday to match his season total of last year. It was Rizzo’s third home run of this season after hitting two on Friday. He belted 23 home runs in 113 games last season; and notched No. 23 this year in his 96th game. Rizzo connected on the first pitch from Josh Collmenter, and now has hit 20 since April 30, the most in the NL.

– Carrie Muskat

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