#Cubs lineup plus Fowler, Arrieta & more

Jason Hammel gets the start Tuesday night when the Cubs face the Cardinals at Busch Stadium in Game 2 of their three-game series. First pitch is 7:15 p.m. CT, and the game will be on Comcast SportsNet Plus. Here’s the lineup:

Fowler CF

Heyward RF

Bryant 3B

Rizzo 1B

Soler LF

Zobrist 2B

Montero C

Russell SS

Hammel P

*Cubs starting pitchers have gone at least six innings in each of the team’s first 13 games.

*Dexter Fowler hit his third homer of the season Monday. His three homers are tied for the most by an NL leadoff hitter with the D-backs’ Jean Segura. Fowler’s 1.202 OPS from the top spot leads Major League leadoff hitters (minimum 35 plate appearances).

*To those who asked about Jake Arrieta’s new warm-up song at Wrigley Field, it’s “2 a.m.” by the band Slightly Stoopid.

*If you’re an early bird at Cubs games, you’ve noticed Dexter Fowler runs to straightaway center field. He stops to say a prayer for his late grandmother.

“My grandmother always told me to go out there and have fun,” Fowler said. “I always make it a point to say hello.”

Fowler joked that he told his grandmother he would buy her a Lamborghini someday. He never got the chance.

*In case you missed it, Javier Baez uses a bright teal colored glove because his brother, Gady, liked it. Actually, it’s more than like.

“He’s in love with it,” said Javier, who has both his brother’s name and his sister Noely’s name stitched on the glove.

— Carrie Muskat


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Aloha Folks- that was a nail-biter! Have to give Hammel kudos, he got into some scary situations but got out of them. He also produced the two runs needed to win. I hope the defense can get stronger, I am not sure if Soler could have gotten to Molina’s ball but he definitely had a chance. He has to learn how to read the fly balls better because he has the speed to run them down. I also felt that Addison let a ball come of out his glove (ball thrown by Heyward) for a play at second but he may have been a little anxious seeing Adams coming at him. And thank you Heyward for that throw to home plate! It is a matter of time and your bat will come around too. Great win against a very good team and on the road. Mahalo!

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