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#Cubs Minor League report: 3 HRs for Jimenez

Tuesday’s games

Iowa split a doubleheader against Fresno, winning the first game, 3-2, and losing the second, 7-3. Javier Baez was 2-for-7 for the day with one RBI. He’s now hit in 11 straight games, and was batting .448 in that stretch. Matt Szczur hit a solo home run in the first game. Mike Baxter had two hits, including a triple, and two RBIs in the first game. Mike Olt had two hits in the second game.

Tennessee lost, 4-3, to Chattanooga. Felix Pena gave up one earned run over six innings. Willson Contreras had two hits and one RBI. Albert Almora had two hits and one RBIs, and has hit in six straight games.

Jen-Ho Tseng gave up two runs over seven innings in Myrtle Beach’s 4-2 win over Winston-Salem. The Pelicans scored four runs in the seventh for the win. Jason Vosler had two hits and one RBI.

South Bend lost, 7-2, to West Michigan. Trevor Clifton took the loss, giving up three runs over five innings. Gleyber Torrez, named the Midwest League Prospect of the Year, went 2-for-4. Rashad Crawford had two RBI.

Eugene swept a doubleheader against Spokane, scoring 11 runs in the two games. Eloy Jimenez hit three home runs and drove in five runs in the two games. He’s now batting .285. Donnie Dewees had two hits and a stolen base in the second game.

Mesa’s doubleheader against the Angels was cancelled because of rain.

#Cubs dressed for battle vs Giants

Before Tuesday’s game, one of the Cubs coaches walked into manager Joe Maddon’s office at AT&T Park
wearing a silver medieval helmet. Maddon, who has been known to do a few outrageous things in the past, wasn’t startled at all.

“I said, ‘You need to wear that to the bullpen,'” Maddon said. “I thought for sure that would’ve happened.”

But the coach — who shall remain nameless — instead wore it in the dugout before Tuesday’s game against the Giants began. Another coach was wearing a helmet as well, and a photographer caught the moment. It wasn’t that clubhouse manager Tom “Otis” Hellmann had packed the armor.

“We’re just fortunate that Otis packs what we need,” Maddon said.

Nope, the Giants visiting clubhouse staff apparently keeps its own props.

“It’s a pretty good clubhouse when they have that kind of head gear around,” Maddon said.

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#Cubs sign Bonifacio, Berry; Russell update & more

Cubs manager Joe Maddon isn’t ready to name which starting pitcher would start a one-game Wild Card playoff game but he is thinking ahead to what he wants for his postseason roster. The Cubs signed Quintin Berry and Emilio Bonifacio to Minor League contracts, and both reported to Triple-A Iowa. Both will be considered as extras on the bench for the postseason, specifically as pinch-runner options.

The Cubs could use some speed. Berry, 30, was batting had 35 stolen bases in 106 games at Triple-A Pawtucket this season. Bonifacio, 30, was released Aug. 18 by the White Sox after batting .167 in 47 games. In 2014, he batted .279 for the Cubs before he was traded to the Braves in July.

“Speed plays,” Maddon said. “When you have the expanded rosters, you can be really specific for what you’re looking for.”

* Addison Russell was expected at AT&T Park in time for Tuesday’s game. The rookie shortstop was in Chicago to be with his fiance, Melisa Reidy, for the birth of their son, Aiden Kai Margallo Russell. The time off came at the right moment as far as Maddon is concerned.

“A baby and a little bit of tightness [in his groin] got him off his feet,” said Maddon, who was trying to find a way to give Russell a breather. “I’m glad it was that and we’ll take advantage of the moment.”

* With reliever Jason Motte on the disabled list with a strained right shoulder, who will fill his role in the bullpen? Maddon said right-hander Tommy Hunter or lefty Clayton Richard can step in. Motte led the Cubs relievers with eight wins, and was six-for-seven in save opportunities this year.

Neither Motte or outfielder Jorge Soler (strained left oblique) were with the Cubs in San Francisco. Soler, placed on the disabled list Monday, was expected to miss at least one month. Motte will take seven to 10 days off, then resume a throwing program.

— Carrie Muskat

#Cubs lineup: Arrieta faces Giants

Jake Arrieta takes the mound Tuesday night at AT&T Park as the Cubs open a West Coast road trip with three games against the Giants. Here’s the lineup:

Fowler CF

Schwarber LF

Coghlan RF

Rizzo 1B

Bryant 3B

Montero C

Castro SS

Arrieta P

La Stella 2B

Arrieta will go for his MLB-leading 16th win of the season. He would be the first Cubs pitcher with 16 wins in
a season since 2008 (Ted Lilly and Ryan Dempster each won 17). Arrieta has three scoreless outings in four August starts, going 4-0, 0.66 ERA this month.

He’s thrown 12 consecutive quality starts, the longest streak by a Cubs pitcher since Greg Maddux (14 QS) in his 1992
NL Cy Young season. Arrieta is 9-1 with a 1.26 ERA and just one home run allowed during that 12-game stretch.

#Cubs Minor League report: Baez 4-for-4

Monday’s games

Javier Baez went 4-for-4, including a home run, and drove in two runs, in Iowa’s 9-0 win over Fresno. Eric Jokisch gave up one hit over six innings. Baez is now batting .315, and riding a nine-game hitting streak. He has eight multi-hit games in that stretch.

Tennessee split a doubleheader against Chattanooga, losing the first game, 4-2, and winning the second, 4-1. Willson Contreras was 4-for-6 in the two games with a solo home run. Jonathan Mota homered in the second game and finished with three hits in the two games. Anthony Giansanti hit a two-run double in the second game.

Myrtle Beach lost, 5-1, to Winston-Salem. Mark Zagunis had two hits and drove in one.

Erick Leal gave up two runs over five innings in South Bend’s 4-2 win over West Michigan. Kevin Encarnacion had three hits for the second straight game.

Eugene’s game against Spokane was suspended because of a power outage. The two teams will play a doubleheader on Tuesday.

Dylan Cease gave up one hit over three shutout innings in Mesa’s 9-2 win over the Angels. Chris Pieters drove in two runs. Cease struck out five.

Notes from #Cubs 2-1 win over Indians

Kris Bryant hit his second career walk-off home run Monday with two outs in the ninth to lead the Cubs to a 2-1 win over the Indians. Bryant now has three home runs in his last two games, and is the first Cubs rookie with 20 homers since Tyler Colvin hit 20 in 2010. Bryant is the first Cubs rookie with 75 RBI since Geovany Soto drove in 86 in 2008. Monday also was the Cubs’ Major League-leading 12th walk-off of the season.

Anthony Rizzo hit a go-ahead RBI triple in the seventh. He finished the seven-game homestand with nine RBI.

Jon Lester went 8 2/3 innings for the first time in his career. It was his longest outing as a Cub. He has given up two runs of less in six of his last seven starts, and has a 2.66 ERA in his last 10 starts since July 1. Lester is the first Cubs pitcher to make six-consecutive starts at Wrigley Field since Fergie Jenkins made seven in a row, June 14-July 20, 1982.

Hector Rondon got the win, and now is 2-0 with 11 saves and a 0.46 ERA (1 ER/19 2/3 IP) in his last 19 outings since July 17.

The Cubs are 20-4 since July 29, the best record in MLB in that span. They now have a 6 1/2 game lead over the Giants for the second Wild Card spot.

#Cubs lineup and injury updates

Jon Lester starts Monday in the Cubs’ makeup game against the Indians. But the team got some bad news Monday.Jorge Soler was place on the 15-day disabled list with an oblique strain, while Jason Motte was put on the DL with a strained right shoulder. Addison Russell also is battling a groin strain. Tommy La Stella and Zac Rosscup were added to the roster. Here’s the lineup:

Fowler CF

Schwarber LF

Coghlan RF

Rizzo 1B

Bryant 3B

La Stella 2B

Castro SS

Ross C

Lester P

#Cubs Maddon to host 2 charity events Sept. 2-3

Cubs manager Joe Maddon has two charity events coming up on back to back days as part of his “Respect 90” foundation. On Sept. 2, fans can join Maddon and some of the Cubs players for a charity boxing event at Ringisde at Ravenswood Event Center, 4011 Ravenswood Ave., Chicago. It’ll be a night of amateur boxing, good food and a chance to help Chicago’s youth.

The event will feature several local youth boxers at various skill levels as well as a special main event bout. Tickets are
$300 and a portion of the proceeds will benefit Crushers Club’s youth boxing program in Englewood. Maddon’s event was
created to provide Chicago’s inner city children and young adults with opportunities to develop championship attitudes
through sports while encouraging fitness, academic and community engagement.

*On Sept. 3, Maddon and his wife, Jaye, will host a “Spoxing for Charity” pop-up fitness event at Wrigley Field. 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 at historic Wrigley Field.

Epic Boxing & Fitness teamed up with Chicago’s Fitness Formula Club and Everlast to supply attendees with spin bikes and
freestanding heavy bags for the roving Epic “Pop-Up” studio. Chicago’s WADE Yoga will provide a post-workout cool-down
after each session. Each “Spoxer” will receive his or her own boxing wraps, protein bar, water and an Epic workout towel.
Epic Boxing & Fitness will provide the use of boxing gloves and instruction.

Registrants will also be eligible for gift giveaways and VIP swag bags. A donation of $30 is suggested. The event will be
from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. CT. Some time slots are already sold out.

#Cubs pitching match ups vs indians, Giants

Looking ahead, here are the pitching match ups for the Cubs’ makeup game Monday vs. the Indians and the upcoming series in San Francisco against the Giants:

At Wrigley Field

Monday: LHP Jon Lester (8-9, 3.58) vs. RHP Corey Kluber (8-13, 3.58)

At San Francisco

Tuesday: RHP Jake Arrieta (15-6, 2.30) vs. RHP Matt Cain (2-3, 5.66)
Wednesday: RHP Kyle Hendricks (6-5, 4.03) vs. RHP Jake Peavy (3-6, 4.35)
Thursday: RHP Dan Haren (8-8, 3.76) vs. LHP Madison Bumgarner (15-6, 3.02)

Haren starts Sat for #Cubs vs Braves

Dan Haren starts Saturday for the Cubs in Game 3 of their four-game series against the Braves. First pitch will be 3:05 p.m. CT at Wrigley Field. Here’s the lineup:

Fowler CF

Schwarber LF

Coghlan 2B

Rizzo 1B

Bryant 3B

Montero C

Soler RF

Haren P

Russell SS

*On Friday, the Cubs bullpen threw four scoreless innings. It was the 16th time this season in which the Cubs relievers have
totaled at least four innings without giving up a run in a game. Last year, the bullpen did that 11 times (and eight times
in 2013).

*Speaking of relief, Jason Motte improved to 8-1 with the win Friday, and has the most relief victories in the Majors this season. The eight wins are the most by a Cubs reliever since Jeff Samardzija had eight in 2011. The last Cubs reliever with more victories in a season was Lee Smith, who won nine in 1986.

*The Cubs have hit 42 home runs since the All-Star break, second-most in the NL behind the Mets (43). In the last
nine games, the Cubs have hit 19 long balls for an average of 2.1 homers per contest.

*If you think the Cubs are hitting better, you’re right. The Cubs are batting .270 (144-for-534) with 91 runs scored in their last 16 games since Aug. 4, good for an average of 5.7 runs per game. That includes a .307 average (42-for-137) with runners in scoring position.

Prior to this 16-game stretch, the Cubs batted .225 (260-for-1,157) and averaged 3.5 runs per games in 35 contests from June 27-Aug. 6. That included a .212 mark (61-for-288) with runners in scoring position.

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