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Tuesday’s games

Josh Collmenter gave up three hits over four scoreless innings in Iowa’s 3-2 win over Memphis. It was Collmenter’s second start. Jack Leathersich threw a scoreless inning. Tommy La Stella was 2-for-4 with a double and scored a run. Stephen Bruno hit a solo homer.

Tennessee swept a doubleheader against Jackson, and Kelly Dugan and Ben Carhart had amazing days. Dugan combined to go 5-for-8 with two doubles, two homers, five RBI and five runs scored. Carhart also homered in both games and was 5-for-8. He drove in five runs and scored three. His two-run homer with two outs in the first game was the game-winner.

Myrtle Beach shutout Carolina, 7-0. Trevor Clifton struck out 10 and gave up three hits over 6 2/3 innings. David Bote had three hits and one RBI. Ian Rice had three RBI.

Eloy Jimenez, who was named the Midwest League MVP and Prospect of the Year, hit a solo home run in South Bend’s 6-5 loss to West Michigan. Jimenez is batting .335. Oscar De La Cruz gave up five hits over five scoreless innings.

Eugene lost, 3-1, to Everett. Dylan Cease gave up one run on one hit and two walks while striking out seven over four innings. Jose Paniagua hit a double and drove in the only run.

Mesa beat the Giants, 5-3. Michael Rucker, the Cubs’ 11th round pick, struck out three over two innings and has yet to give up an earned run in 8 2/3 innings.

 

#Cubs and Hendricks face Padres

Kyle Hendricks will close the Cubs’ series in San Diego on Wednesday. Anthony Rizzo gets a day off. Here’s the lineup:

Fowler CF

Bryant 1B

Zobrist 2B

Soler LF

Russell SS

Heyward RF

Baez 3B

Contreras C

Hendricks P

Cubs starting pitchers are 14-1 with a 1.78 ERA (27 ER/136 2/3 IP) in 21 games in August, totaling 16 quality starts.

Cubs batting since the All-Star break: Bryant .331; Szczur .316; Rizzo .295; Soler .286; Russell .283; Baez, .280, Zobrist .280.

The Dodgers have yet to announce their rotation for the Cubs series. Here are the Cubs starters:

Fri: LHP Mike Montgomery (1-1, 2.77) vs. TBD
Sat: RHP Jason Hammel (13-6, 3.07) vs. TBD
Sun: LHP Jon Lester (14-4, 2.81) vs. TBD

 

#Cubs and Arrieta face Padres

Jake Arrieta starts Tuesday night in the second game of the Cubs’ three-game series against the Padres at Petco Park in San Diego. The Cubs have won 20 of their last 25 games, and the starting rotation is 16-2 with a 2.11 ERA during that span.

 

Here’s the lineup:

Fowler CF

Bryant 3B

Rizzo 1B

Zobrist LF

Russell SS

Heyward RF

Baez 2B

Contreras C

Arrieta P

Anthony Rizzo is batting .450 with six runs scored in his last nine games. Kris Bryant is batting .480 with four home runs and 11 RBI in his last five games.

 

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Monday’s games

Tim Federowicz and Bijan Rademacher each homered in Iowa’s 7-2 win over Memphis. Rademacher went 2-for-3 with a double as well as a solo homer. Federowicz hit a two-run blast. Tommy La Stella was 1-for-4 with a double. Stephen Fife gave up two hits over four innings, striking out four.

Tennessee beat Jackson, 10-7. Ian Happ hit a two-run homer and David Freitas added a solo shot in the eighth. Lane Adams went 3-for-5 with two doubles and two RBI.

Myrtle Beach had the day off, and opens a three-game series at Carolina on Tuesday.

South Bend pitchers gave up two hits in an 8-2 win over West Michigan. P.J. Higgins had three hits and one RBI, Eddy Martinez had two hits and one RBI, and Sam Tidaback had two hits and two RBI. Duane Underwood started and walked one while striking out five over three innings.

D.J. Wilson smacked a walk-off RBI single in the ninth to give Eugene a 1-0 win over Everett. Chris Pieters had two hits.

Mesa lost 6-3 to the Athletics. Ruben Reyes had three hits and one RBI.

#Cubs and Lester face Padres

Jon Lester gets the start Monday night in San Diego when the Cubs open a three-game series against the Padres. Jason Heyward is back in the lineup after getting three days off vs. the Rockies. Here’s the lineup:

Fowler CF

Bryant LF

Rizzo 1B

Zobrist 2B

Russell SS

Heyward RF

Baez 3B

Ross C

Lester P

Heyward is batting .162/.205/.229 over his last 27 games. His .313 slugging percentage on the season is the lowest mark among 156 qualified players.

The Padres will counter with Edwin Jackson, who is making $13 million this season. The Cubs are paying more than $12 million of that—all but the Major League minimum, in fact. Jackson signed a four-year, $52 million contract with the Cubs that runs through this season. Chicago had released him in July 2015. The Cubs are paying just four players more than Jackson this season: Lester, Heyward, John Lackey, and Miguel Montero.

The Cubs have won each of Lester’s last six starts. Lester is 4-0 with a 2.41 ERA and .193 opponents’ batting average during that stretch.

Monday is a milestone night for Lester, who has made a regular season start in 29 of the 30 active Major League venues. This will be his first game at PETCO Park. Lester did make an appearance at PETCO in this year’s All-Star Game, in which he recorded two outs and did not give up a run.

 

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Sunday’s games

Jake Buchanan gave up two earned runs over seven innings in Iowa’s 4-1 loss to Memphis. Jeimer Candelario and Tim Federowicz each had two hits.

Tennessee lost, 5-2, to Jacksonville. David Freitas had two hits, including a solo home run. Zach Hedges gave up four earned runs over 4 1/3 innings.

Ian Rice hit a game-thing two-run homer in the ninth and delivered a game-winning RBI single in the 10th to lead Myrtle Beach to a 7-6, 10-inning win over Lynchburg. Rice finished with three hits and three RBI. Jeffrey Baez hit a solo homer. James Pugliese started, and gave up two runs over 5 1/3 innings.

South Bend lost, 3-2, to Lansing. Roberto Caro went 4-for-4 with one RBI and two stolen bases. Alberto Mineo had two hits and one RBI.

Trent Giambrone had two hits, including a solo home run, in Eugene’s 4-1 loss to Everett. Erling Moreno gave up one run over five innings.

Mesa had the day off and will face the Athletics on Monday.

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Saturday’s games

Jordan Pries gave up two hits over six scoreless innings in Iowa’s 6-3 win over Memphis. John Andreoli had three hits, including his 12th homer, and a double. Bijan Rademacher had two hits and two RBI. Pries struck out six and walked three.

Brad Markey gave up one run over six innings in Tennessee’s 9-4 win over Jacksonville. Tommy La Stella went 1-for-3 with two walks and scored a run. Lane Adams hit a three-run homer in the first.

Myrtle Beach lost, 5-4, to Lynchburg. Jeremy Null took the loss, giving up five runs over 6 1/3 innings. David Bote had three hits, including a triple, and one RBI.

South Bend beat Lansing, 12-9. Matt Rose had four hits, including a grand slam, two doubles and finished with five RBI. Adonis Paula and Carlos Sepulveda each had three hits.

Eugene lost, 12-1, to Everett, snapping their 15-game winning streak. Bryan Hudson gave up seven runs over 3 2/3 innings. Trent Giambrone had three hits, including a double.

Mesa swept a doubleheader against the D-backs. Kevin Zamudio went a combined 4-for-7 in the two games with two doubles and two RBI. Michael Cruz and Gustavo Polanco each had three hits in the first game.

#Cubs lineup and roster moves

The Cubs open a three-game series in Denver Friday night against the Rockies. Kyle Hendricks gets the start. The Cubs have won 18 of their last 21 games, and the starting pitchers are 15-1 with a 1.83 ERA in that stretch. Here’s the lineup:

Fowler CF

Bryant 3B

Rizzo 1B

Soler RF

Russell SS

Szczur LF

Contreras C

Baez 2B

Hendricks P

*The Cubs placed John Lackey and Hector Rondon on the disabled list as a precautionary move. Lackey came out of his last start with tightness in his right shoulder, while Rondon has been battling tightness in his right tricep. Neither has had a setback, and this will give both time to heal.

Manager Joe Maddon told reporters in Denver that he most likely will give Jason Heyward the weekend series off. Heyward was batting .225 for the season.

Hendricks is 7-1, 1.26 ERA over his last 11 starts.

Six of the Cubs’ next eight series are on the road. The team has a 32-24 record away from Wrigley Field.

 

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Thursday’s games

Munenori Kawasaki hit his first Minor League home run, a two-run shot, and Jeimer Candelario had two hits, including a solo homer in Iowa’s 4-3 win over Sacramento. Josh Collmenter made his first start for the Iowa Cubs and gave up one run on one hit and walked four over two innings. Joe Thatcher also made his Cubs debut, giving up one hit over one inning and striking out three. Candelario is batting .312 and has hit safely in six straight games.

Tennessee lost 11-7 to Jacksonville. Jen-Ho Tseng gave up five earned runs over five innings. Kelly Dugan hit a two-run, pinch-hit homer. Chesny Young had four hits, including a double, and one RBI.

Myrtle Beach’s game vs. Winston-Salem was cancelled because of rain and will not be made up. The Pelicans play Lynchburg on Friday.

South Bend rallied to beat Bowling Green, 6-4. Matt Rose had two hits, including a solo home run, and two RBI. Duane Underwood Jr. started and walked one over two innings. Alberto Mineo had two hits, including a double, and Andruw Monasterio had two hits and two RBI.

Eugene won its 14th straight game with a 1-0 victory over Boise. Manuel Rondon gave up five hits over six scoreless innings. Trent Giambrone had three hits, including two doubles. D.J. Wilson had two hits, both doubles, and one RBI.

Mesa lost, 6-2, to the Reds. Jhonny Pereda had two hits, including a double.

#Cubs and Arrieta face Brewers

Jake Arrieta will close the Cubs’ homestand and series against the Brewers on Thursday at Wrigley Field. Arrieta has a 2.14 ERA in five starts since the All-Star break. Rookie Willson Contreras will be behind the plate for the game. First pitch will be at 1:20 p.m. CT. Here’s the lineup:

Szczur CF

Bryant 3B

Rizzo 1B

Zobrist RF

Russell SS

Soler LF

Contreras C

Baez 2B

Arrieta P

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