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#Cubs Fowler to host baseball camp

Cubs outfielder Dexter Fowler will host a baseball camp for boys and girls, grades 1-8, on Aug. 15 at Timothy Christian High School from 4-7 p.m. CT. Cost is $119. Register now at

Participants will receive a t-shirt, exclusive camp team photo with Fowler, participate in contests, and win prizes, plus they’ll learn about the game from an All-Star.

There will be various stations on fundamental skills and the groups will be small enough so each camper gets maximum instruction.0707Dex

#Cubs Minor League Report

Thursday’s games

Trevor Cahill gave up two earned runs over 3 2/3 innings in Iowa’s 7-1 loss to New Orleans. Cahill is on a rehab outing, and this was his third appearance. He struck out five and walked four. Mark Zagunis had two hits, including a solo home run, and Albert Almora Jr. had three hits, including two doubles.

Tennessee lost, 4-3, to Chattanooga. Michael Wagner gave up three runs over six innings. David Frietas and Gioskar Amaya each had a double and one RBI.

Trevor Clifton gave up three runs over six innings in Myrtle Beach’s 8-2 loss to Salem. Daniel Spingola had three hits, including a pair of doubles.

Ryan Kellogg scattered four hits over six scoreless innings in South Bend’s 3-0 win over Lake County. Kellogg struck out six. Carlos Sepulveda had two hits and Eddy Martinez had two hits and one RBI.

Wladimir Galindo hit a solo home run in Eugene’s 5-4 loss to Salem-Keizer. Jesus Castillo gave up four runs over 3 1/3 innings.

Mesa lost, 2-1, to the D-backs. Bailey Clark gave up one hit over three innings. Gustavo Polanco had two hits, including a double. A fifth-round pick out of Duke, Clark has not given up a run in two appearances.

#Cubs Hendricks meets with fans

Cubs pitcher Kyle Hendricks visited the Adult Down Syndrome Center at Advocate Lutheran General in Park Ridge on Thursday. He brought some souvenirs, signed autographs, and answered questions.

#Cubs and Lackey vs Sox and Sale

John Lackey will start Thursday night in the intracity series finale against the White Sox at Wrigley Field. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. CT. Here’s the lineup vs lefty Chris Sale:

Fowler CF

Bryant 3B

Rizzo 1B

Zobrist RF

Contreras C

Russell SS

Baez 2B

Szczur LF

Lackey P

*Kris Bryant struck out in all six plate appearances vs. Sale in 2015 but homered off the lefty in the first inning of the All-Star Game two weeks ago in San Diego.

*The Cubs have won five of seven games at Wrigley Field since the break.

*Lackey lost his last start vs. the Brewers, giving up three runs over six innings. He’s 0-5, 6.12 ERA (29 ER over 42 2/3 innings) in his last seven starts.

*Dexter Fowler recorded three hits in his return from the DL last Friday, but since then he’s just 1-for-17 AB (.059 AVG).



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Wednesday’s games

Kristopher Negron and Taylor Davis each homered to help Iowa beat New Orleans, 8-2. Davis finished with three RBI. Rob Zastryzny gave up one unearned run over four innings.

Tennessee lost, 8-4, to Chattanooga. Jen-Ho Tseng gave up two earned runs over five innings. Chris Coghlan was 3-for-4 with two doubles and two RBIs in his fifth rehab game. Jorge Soler went 0-for-2 and drew three walks in his sixth rehab game (and fourth with the Smokies). Bijan Rademacher had two hits and Ian Happ drove in two runs.

Yasiel Balaguert hit two home runs and drove in three runs in Myrtle Beach’s 10-7 win over Carolina. Balaguert is batting .340 with five homers and 25 RBI in July. Jake Stinnett gave up one unearned run over four innings. Donnie Dewees hit his first homer with the Pelicans. Charcer Burks had two hits, including a triple, and two RBI.

Alberto Mineo had two hits, including a three-run homer in the first, in South Bend’s 5-4 loss to Lake County. Jose Paulino gave up three runs over five innings. Carlos Sepulveda had two hits, and Matt Rose went 3-for-3 with a double.

Manuel Rondon gave up one run over 5 2/3 innings in Eugene’s 4-1 win over Salem-Keizer. Robert Garcia and Chris Pieters each had two hits.

Mesa had the day off and will face the D-backs on Thursday.

#Cubs Edwards “On the Move”

Pitcher Carl Edwards Jr. visited children participating in the Cubs On the Move Fitness Trolley program at National Teachers Academy in the South Loop. He helped lead the pre-game stretching and pitched to the kids during the Wiffle ball hitting/running drills.

#Cubs and Hammel face White Sox

The Cubs vs. White Sox Interleague series shifts to Wrigley Field on Wednesday. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. CT. Here’s the lineup:

Fowler CF

Bryant 3B

Rizzo 1B

Zobrist LF

Montero C

Russell SS

Heyward RF

Baez 2B

Hammel P

With a win, Jason Hammel would match his career high of 10 wins done four times, including last season with the Cubs. He has a 2.81 ERA in his last three starts, and is holding opponents to a .182 average in that stretch.

The White Sox won the first two games of this four-game, home and road intracity series, and since 1997, have a 49-57 lead in the series.



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Tuesday’s games

Iowa lost, 9-5, to New Orleans. Jake Buchanan gave up five earned runs over four innings. Juan Perez had two hits, including a home run, and finished with three RBI. Jeimer Candelario hit a solo homer. Taylor Davis had two hits.

Tennessee beat Chattanooga, 13-9. Tyler Skulina gave up two runs over five innings. Chris Coghlan had two hits, including a double, and two RBI, plus a walk in his fourth rehab game. Jorge Soler went 0-for-4 with a walk. Trey Martin had four hits and two RBI. Chesny Young had four hits and one RBI. Ian Happ had two hits, both doubles.

Myrtle Beach lost, 8-6, to Carolina. Charcer Burks had two hits, including a two-run homer. Tommy Thorpe gave up two runs over 3 1/3 innings.

South Bend had the day off and opens a three-game series at Lake County on Wednesday.

Eugene lost, 5-1, to Salem-Keizer. In his Eugene debut, Erling Moreno struck out seven and gave up five hits over five scoreless innings. Jose Paniagua had two hits, including a double.

Mesa beat the Brewers, 6-4. Javier Assad gave up two hits over five scoreless innings. Jhonny Pereda had two hits, including a three-run homer. Michael Cruz went 3-for-3.

ICYMI: #Cubs lineup vs Sox

Kyle Hendricks gets the start vs. the White Sox Tuesday night. Here’s the lineup:

Fowler CF

Bryant DH

Rizzo 1B

Zobrist LF

Russell SS

Heyward RF

Baez 2B

Montero C

La Stella 3B

Chapman on joining the #Cubs

Aroldis Chapman met with the Chicago media, and then did an interview with ESPN’s Pedro Gomez in Spanish. Here’s the translation from the interview:

Q: Did you expect a trade in season?

“I expected it because there had been so many rumors about the possibility of me being traded, so it did not come as a surprise to me,” Chapman said. “But I didn’t know where I was going to go to and now here I am with the Cubs.”

Q: Did you expect the controversy re: the domestic violence allegations to resurface?

“I knew that no matter where I was traded to this would resurface, that the controversy is going to follow me,” Chapman said. “But I’m with my girlfriend. Our family is together. We’re working toward making things better in our lives.”

Q: How do you feel about taking Hector Rondon’s job as closer?

“This is something that’s already happened in my career because when I got to the Yankees, they took Andrew Miller out of the closer’s role and put me in,” Chapman said. “So it’s something that I’ve already gone through and thankfully, Rondon is taking it really well. And I’m thankful that the manager has all the confidence in me to put me into that closer’s role.”

Q: Where are you today compared to October regarding the controversy?

“I’ve grown tremendously from that time,” Chapman said. “I’m with my girlfriend still, with the family, and I feel that I have absolutely changed as a person. I’m working to be a better person. And now that I remember because they just asked me in the previous press conference what the owners asked me, one of the things they did ask me was about being a better person and being a better neighbor to people. And that’s something that I think that I am now, much more so.”

Q: Do you feel any pressure closing for a contending team?

“I don’t feel any different pressure at all,” Chapman said. “I don’t think that you have to put any pressure on yourself. I’m still the closer. I’m going to do the same job I always have.”


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