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#Cubs Maddon hosts “Respect the Main Event” Wednesday

Cubs manager Joe Maddon and his wife Jaye will host “Respect the Main Event” at Ravenswood Event Center on Wednesday.The charity boxing event will feature several local youth boxers at various skill levels as well as a special main event bout.

Guests will be able to sit ringside with Cubs players and enjoy cocktails, hand-rolled cigars and spirits tasting stations, dinner courtesy of Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse and a premium auction including wine and unique sports memorabilia. A portion of the net proceeds will benefit Crushers Club’s youth boxing program in Englewood. For more information, please visit

*On Thursday, Joe and Jaye Maddon will host “Spoxing for Charity,” a one-day pop-up fitness event under the Wrigley Field marquee at Clark and Addison streets. “Spoxing” is a group class, which combines spinning and boxing with a warm-up on stationary spin bikes followed by a heavy bag and boxing glove workout. Participants will partake in a 45-minute version of the class, offered during several sessions throughout the day. Net proceeds from the event will benefit Joe Maddon’s Respect 90 Foundation. For more information, please visit

#Cubs lineup vs Reds – Game 2

Dan Haren gets the start Tuesday night at Wrigley for Game 2 of the three-game series between the Cubs and Reds. Here’s the lineup:

Fowler CF

Schwarber LF

Coghlan RF

Rizzo 1B

Bryant 3B

Montero C

Baez 2B

Haren P

Russell SS

*The Cubs didn’t waste any time getting Javier Baez into the lineup. The infielder said his hand injury may have helped him.

“Right when I got hurt, I could only swing with one hand, and that’s what I was doing was swinging with one hand, and I
finally got my swing back,” Baez said.

*Other roster moves: both  James Russell and Rafael Soriano were designated for assignment to open spots on the 40-man roster for Quintin Berry and Trevor Cahill. David Ross was activated from the family medical emergency list. Outfielder Austin Jackson joined the team.

#Cubs Rizzo and kids at Lurie’s


#Cubs Rizzo asks kids for autographs

Anthony Rizzo stoopped by Lurie Children’s Hospital on Tuesday to see patients. It’s also fitting because September is
Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month. Rizzo brought teddy bears and hats, signed autographs and posed for photos. He also has ARLCH9105started a new tradition, asking the children he visits to sign his jersey. Someday, he’ll get it framed.

#Cubs Rizzo visits children at Lurie’s


8 #Cubs prospects named to AFL Mesa team

The Arizona Fall League rosters were announced on Tuesday, and the Cubs will have eight prospects participating. The list includes pitchers Corey Black, David Garner, Pierce Johnson and Rob Zastryzny, catchers Cael Brockmeyer and Willson Contreras, infielder Jeimer Candelario, and outfielder Mark Zagunis. They’ll play for the Mesa Solar Sox, and be managed by Cubs’ Class A Myrtle Beach skipper Mark Johnson.

— Carrie Muskat

#Cubs Minor League report: Jeffrey Baez grand slam

Monday’s games

Felipe Paulino gave up three runs over five innings in Iowa’s 9-3 win over Oklahoma City. Taylor Davis was 3-for-4 with
three RBIs and Mike Baxter drove in two runs. The two teams play a doubleheader on Tuesday.

Ryan Williams threw six shutout innings in Tennessee’s 9-1 win over Jacksonville. Albert Almora Jr. had two hits, including
a double and a triple, plus one RBI. Ryan Dent had two hits and one RBI. Bijan Rademacher drove in four runs.

Myrtle Beach had Monday off, and returns to action Tuesday against Potomac. Tyler Skulina is scheduled to start for the

Jeffrey Baez hit a grand slam and Trevor Clifton gave up one run over six innings in South Bend’s 10-4 win over Bowling
Green. Rashad Crawford also homered. Charcer Burks had three hits and three RBI. Gioskar Amaya had two doubles and one RBI.

Eugene had Monday off and returns to action Tuesday against Salem-Keizer. Justin Steel was scheduled to start.

Mesa’s playoff game against the Mariners was suspended because of wet grounds. The game will be completed on Tuesday.

#Cubs to add Baez, Berry & more today

The Cubs will call up four players from Triple-A Iowa on Tuesday when rosters expand, including Javier Baez, Quintin Berry, Trevor Cahill and Tsuyoshi Wada. New outfielder Austin Jackson also was expected to be at Wrigley Field in time for the game against the Reds.

Neither Cahill nor Berry are on the Cubs’ 40-man roster, so they must make room on Tuesday.

Cahill, 27, has pitched for the Athletics and Braves, and was 0-3 in 15 games, including three starts, with Atlanta this
season. The right-hander appeared in five games with Triple-A Iowa, and gave up five hits and walked three over 7 2/3
scoreless innings. At the Dodgers’ Triple-A Oklahoma City team this year, he was 1-3 with a 6.28 ERA in six starts, walking
14 and giving up 32 hits over 28 2/3 innings.

A left-handed hitter, Berry, 30, hit .228 in 106 games at Triple-A Pawtucket with 35 stolen bases, and in five games at
Iowa, was 2-for-14.

Wada, 34, was 4-5 with a 3.95 ERA in 16 starts at Iowa, striking out 62 over 86 2/3 innings.  The lefty made seven starts with the Cubs, and was 1-1 with a 3.73 ERA in those games, which included seven shutout innings on June 17 against the Indians.

Baez, 22, batted .324 in 70 games at Iowa with 13 home runs, 14 doubles, two triples and 61 RBIs. He struck out 76 times,
and drew 21 walks.

— Carrie Muskat

#Cubs acquire Austin Jackson

The Cubs have acquired outfielder Austin Jackson from the Mariners for a player to be named later and a possible international slot. A right-handed hitter, Jackson was batting .272 in 107 games with the Mariners and has stolen 15 bases. Jackson does have postseason experience with the Tigers, and reached the World Series in 2012. The Cubs are looking at improving the bench for the postseason, and Jackson could fill that spot. Plus, the Cubs were looking for support with Jorge Soler sidelined for at least a month with an oblique injury.

The Cubs also have signed Quintin Berry and Emilio Bonifacio to Minor League contracts, and they will be considered for a bench spot as well.

Mike Olt was designated for assignment to make room for Jackson on the 40-man roster. Olt, 27, appeared in six games with the Cubs before he landed on the DL with a hairline fracture of his right wrist on April 11 in Colorado.

Seattle reporters Greg Johns and Shannon Drayer first reported the deal.

#Cubs Arrieta named NL Player of the Week

Jake Arrieta, who threw his first career no-hitter on Sunday, was named National League Player of the Week for Aug. 24-30. He posted a perfect 2-0 record and led the Majors with 20 strikeouts in two starts. In Los Angeles on Sunday night, he held the NL West leading Dodgers hitless in a 2-0 win, striking out 12 and walking one. It was his 17th victory, most in the Major Leagues. He struck out the side in the ninth, and is the first pitcher to finish a no-hitter in such a fashion since Sandy Koufax fanned the last six Cubs he faced in his perfect game in 1965 (Elias Sports Bureau).

According to Elias, Arrieta also is the seventh pitcher in MLB history to toss a no-hitter after being on the losing end of a no-no earlier in the same season. Arrieta’s only loss in his last 14 outings came July 25 when the Phillies’ Cole Hamels no-hit the Cubs.

Arrieta’s no-hitter, coupled with his win at San Francisco last Tuesday, give him 14 straight quality starts, marking the longest such streak by a Cubs pitcher since Hall of Famer Greg Maddux posted 14 in a row in 1992.

Arrieta also is a candidate for Pitcher of the Month in August. He went 6-0 in 6 Gs with an 0.43 ERA (2 ER over 42
1/3 IP).


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