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#Cubs Fowler will not play in ASG

Cubs outfielder Dexter Fowler, who is on the disabled list with a strained right hamstring, will not play in the All-Star Game on Tuesday to give him more time to recover.

Fowler, named to his first All-Star team, began a rehab assignment Friday night at Class A South Bend and went 0-for-2 with two walks. He did not have a setback in the game but decided he needed more time and would not be ready for Tuesday’s game.

Fowler, 30, was to play in the outfield Saturday night for the Minor League team but will instead return to Chicago. He will go to San Diego on Sunday to take part in the All-Star Game festivities along with his six Cubs teammates also named to the NL team.

Mets outfielder Yoenis Cespedes also cannot play in the All-Star Game because of an injury, and on Saturday, NL manager Terry Collins named Pirates outfielder Starling Marté and Reds outfielder Jay Bruce to the active roster as replacements for Cespedes and Fowler.

Fowler was expected to resume his rehab assignment after the All-Star break.

— Carrie Muskat

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Friday’s games

Tim Federowicz had three hits and one RBI in Iowa’s 15-5 loss to Colorado Springs. Pierce Johnson gave up five runs over 2 2/3 innings. Cael Brockmeyer drove in two runs.

Tennessee lost both games of a doubleheader. Daniel Lockhart hit a solo home run in the first game and finished with three RBI. Paul Blackburn gave up five earned runs over three innings. Clayton Richard started the second game and gave up one run on three hits while striking out four over 4 2/3 innings. Chesny Young went 2-for-4 in both games.

Erick Leal gave up one run over six innings and lost in Myrtle Beach’s 1-0 loss to Wilmington. Leal struck out six. Charcer Burks hit a double.

South Bend lost, 5-3, to Bowling Green in 10 innings. Kyle Miller gave up three runs over six innings, and is 4-0 with a 1.80 ERA since joining the rotation. Dexter Fowler went 0-for-2 and drew two walks in his first rehab appearance. Carlos Supulveda had three hits and three RBI.

Eugene swept both games of a doubleheader against Everett. Jose Paulino gave up one hit over six scoreless innings in the first game and Manuel Rondon gave up four hits over five scoreless innings in the second. Matt Rose was 4-for-7 with two homers and four RBI in the two games.

Mesa beat the A’s, 6-3. Pablo Ochoa gave up two runs over 3 2/3 innings. Luis Ayala had two hits.

#Cubs sign 3rd round pick Hatch

The Cubs have signed right-handed pitcher Thomas Hatch, the team’s third round pick (104th overall) of the 2016 Draft. According to MLB.com’s Jim Callis, Hatch signed for $573,900. Overall, the Cubs have signed 21 selections to date in advance of the July 15 signing deadline.

Hatch, 21, completed his red shirt sophomore season at Oklahoma State by helping lead the Cowboys to the College World Series. He went 9-3 with a 2.14 ERA in 19 starts, including four shutouts.

Here are the Cubs’ selections from the 2016 Draft who have signed:

Third round: RHP Thomas Hatch, Oklahoma State University
Fourth round: RHP Tyson Miller, California Baptist University
Fifth round: RHP Bailey Clark, Duke
Sixth round: RHP Chad Hockin, Cal State Fullerton
Seventh round: C Michael Cruz, Bethune-Cookman
Eighth round: RHP Stephen Ridgings, Haverford College
Ninth round: RHP Duncan Robinson, Dartmouth
10th round: RHP Dakota Mekkes, Michigan State
13th round: LHP Wyatt Short, University of Mississippi
15th round: RHP Jed Carter, Auburn
16th round: RHP Holden Cammack, Oral Roberts
17th round: SS Zack Short, Sacred Heart University
18th round: LHP Marc Huberman, USC
19th round: RHP Matt Swarmer, Kutztown University
20th round: LHP Colton Freeman, Alambama
21st round: C Sam Tidaback, University of North Georgia
25th round: 2B Trent Gambrone, Delta State University
27th round: CF Connor Myers, Old Dominion
29th round: RHP Tyler Peyton, Iowa
32nd round: CF Zach Davis, Texas Tech
38th round: CF Tolly Filotei, Faulkner State

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Thursday’s games

Iowa lost, 11-7, to Colorado Springs. Jake Buchanan gave up eight runs over 5 2/3 innings. Dan Vogelbach had three hits and two RBI. Matt Murton had three hits and scored two runs.

The weather is making a mess of Tennessee’s schedule. The first game of a doubleheader on Thursday was suspended in the fifth. The teams will try to finish that game and play another seven inning game Friday.

Myrtle Beach lost, 13-9, to Winston-Salem. Trevor Clifton gave up four earned runs over four innings, striking out six. Gleyber Torres and Yasiel Balaguert each homered. Torres had four hits and four RBI.

South Bend beat Fort Wayne, 5-3. Casey Bloomquist gave up three runs over 6 1/3 innings for the win. Andrew Monasterio had two hits and two RBI. Eloy Jimenez had three hits and was batting .337.

Eugene’s game at Everett was postponed because of rain. The two teams will play a doubleheader on Friday.

Brian Matusz walked one and struck out five over three innings for Mesa in a 10-4 win over the Padres. Michael Cruz hit a solo home run. Zack Short was 4-for-4 with two doubles and three RBI.

#Cubs and Arrieta face Pirates

All-Star Jake Arrieta will make his final start before the break on Friday night when the Cubs face the Pirates at PNC Park. The Pirates are 7-3 in their last 10 games, and 8 1/5 games behind the Cubs in the Central Division standings. Here’s the lineup:

Zobrist 2B

Bryant RF

Rizzo 1B

Contreras LF

Russell SS

Heyward CF

Baez 3B

Montero C

Arrieta P

#Cubs and Hammel face Braves

Jason Hammel gets the start Thursday night at Wrigley Field when the Cubs play the Braves in a makeup game. When this game was originally scheduled to be played on April 30, the Braves were still managed by Fredi Gonzalez and the Cubs were 17-5 and had yet to lose back to back games.

Fast forward to now and the Cubs have lost six of their last seven games. They’ve been outscored by a 50-29 margin in that span, and the pitching staff has posted a combined 7.17 ERA.

The Cubs also have lost 12 of 17 since Dexter Fowler went on the DL with a strained right hamstring.

Here’s Thursday’s lineup:

La Stella 3B
Bryant LF
Rizzo 1B
Zobrist RF
Contreras C
Heyward CF
Rusell SS
Hammel P
Baez 2B

 

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Wednesday’s games

Iowa lost both games of a doubleheader against Omaha, losing in extra innings in both. Rob Zastryzny started the first, and gave up three runs over seven innings. Michael Wagner started the second game and gave up one earned run over four innings. Dan Vogelbach was 3-for-5 with a triple, three walks and scored two runs in the two games. Matt Murton had three hits and two RBI in the second game.

Tennessee’s game against Jackson was postponed because of rain. The teams will try to play a doubleheader on Thursday.

Myrtle Beach swept a doubleheader against Winston-Salem. Jonathan Martinez gave up three runs over seven innings in the first game, while Jeremy Null gave up three runs over five innings in the second. Ian Rice hit a solo homer in the second game. Rashad Crawford had two hits and two walks in the two games plus one RBI and one stolen base.

Preston Morrison struck out nine and gave up three hits over seven scoreless innings in South Bend’s 12-2 win over Fort Wayne. He’s now 9-3 with a 2.44 ERA, and 8-1 in his last nine starts. Bryant Flete and Roberto Caro each went 3-for-5 with two runs and two RBI. Eloy Jimenez reached base three times, with two hits, a walk and also drove in a run.

Eugene lost, 12-1, to Everett. Bryan Hudson gave up four runs over three innings. Trent Giambrone hit a double and drove in a run.

Mesa had the day off, and will play the Padres on Thursday.

#Cubs lineup vs Reds, roster move

Adam Warren will start Wednesday in the series finale vs. the Reds. Here’s the lineup:

Ben Zobrist 2B

Kris Bryant RF

Anthony Rizzo 1B

Willson Contreras LF

Tommy La Stella 3B

Jason Heyward CF

Addison Russell SS

Miguel Montero C

Adam Warren P

Joel Peralta was designated for assignment to make room on the roster for Warren. The Cubs still needed to announce a move to make room for La Stella. David Ross took a foul ball off his mask on Tuesday and was being evaluated.

 

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Tuesday’s games

Iowa lost, 12-4, to Omaha. Tim Federowicz and Logan Watkins each homered. Drew Rucinski gave up seven runs on 14 hits over 5 2/3 innings.

Duane Underwood gave up two runs on two hits and three walks over three innings in Tennessee’s 6-4 loss to Jackson in 11 innings. Ian Happ had three hits, including a double. Joe Nathan struck out two over one inning in his fifth rehab outing. Billy McKinney drove in three runs.

Myrtle Beach’s game against Winston-Salem was postponed because of rain, and the two teams were to play a doubleheader on Wednesday.

Ryan Kellogg gave up three runs over five innings in South Bend’s 3-1 loss to Fort Wayne. Eloy Jimenez had two hits and one RBI. He’s batting .330.

Eugene beat Everett, 6-2. Dylan Cease gave up two runs over five innings for the win. Wladimir Galindo and Chris Pieters each homered.

Mesa lost, 10-9, to the D-Backs. Luis Ayala had three hits and one RBI.

7 #Cubs named to NL All-Star team

The National League All-Star infield will be all Cubs as first baseman Anthony Rizzo, second baseman Ben Zobrist, shortstop Addison Russell and third baseman Kris Bryant earned trips to the All-Star Game along with teammates Dexter Fowler, Jake Arrieta and Jon Lester.

Rizzo was the top vote-getter in the National League, and the infielders plus Fowler were chosen by the fans. Arrieta was voted in by the players, and Lester was named by Mets manager Terry Collins, who will manage the NL team.

It’s the first time since the 1985 Padres that one team has had five players selected to start the game. The only team to have all four starting infielders was the 1963 Cardinals, which included first baseman Bill White, second baseman Julian Javier, third baseman Ken Boyer and shortstop Dick Groat.

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