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#Cubs and Lester face Cardinals

Jon Lester started the Cubs’ home opener and he was scheduled to start Sunday night in the regular season finale at Wrigley Field when they close their series against the Cardinals. The grounds crew will sing the seventh inning stretch. Here’s the lineup:

Fowler CF

Bryant LF

Rizzo 1B

Zobrist 2B

Russell SS

Heyward RF

Baez 3B

Ross C

Lester P

The Cubs can set a Wrigley Field record with a win, which would be their 57th at home.

The Cubs haven’t won the season-series with the Cardinals since 2010 (9-6). With a win, the Cubs can reach the 99-win mark for the first time since 1935. That season, they finished with a 100-54 record before losing the World Series, 4-2, to the Detroit Tigers

Lester’s 18 wins this season are tied for the NL lead with teammate Jake Arrieta and the Nationals’ Max Scherzer. Lester’s 2.36 ERA is the second-lowest among qualifiers in baseball behind only teammate Kyle Hendricks (2.06)

With a win Sunday, Lester would match a career-high with his 19th victory of the season. He went 19-9 as a member of the Red Sox in 2010.

The Cubs will have a moment of silence before the game to honor Jose Fernandez, the Marlins pitcher who was killed in a boating accident early Sunday. The Wrigley Field marquee honored  the 24-year-old pitcher.

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#Cubs and Hammel face Cards

Jason Hammel gets the start on Saturday when the Cubs face the Cardinals in the second game of their three-game series at Wrigley Field. The Cubs secured home field advantage through the NLDS and NLCS late Friday when the Nationals lost to the Pirates. Hammel is 10-1 with a 1.84 ERA at Wrigley Field. First pitch is scheduled for 12:05 p.m. CT. Here’s Saturday’s lineup:

Fowler CF

Bryant 3B

Rizzo 1B

Zobrist 2B

Russell SS

Heyward RF

Soler LF

Contreras C

Hammel P

#Cubs and Arrieta face Cards

Jake Arrieta gets the start at Wrigley Field on Friday as the Cubs open a three-game series against the Cardinals. It’s the final three home games of the regular season for the Cubs, who open the NL Division Series on Oct. 7. The Cardinals are fighting for a Wild Card berth. They’re a half game behind the Mets and Giants.

Here’s the lineup:

Fowler CF

Bryant 3B

Rizzo 1B

Zobrist 2B

Russell SS

Heyward RF

Coghlan LF

Montero C

Arrieta P

Cubs manager Joe Maddon has compiled a 194-120 record in his first two seasons with the team. Only two managers have reached that many victories with fewer than 120 losses: Cap Anson in 1879-82 and Frank Chance in 1905-07.

The Cubs have won 97 games, matching their win total last season. That’s tied for the most single-season wins since winning 98 games in 1945.

#Cubs and Lester face Reds

Jon Lester gets the start Tuesday night for the Cubs as they play the second game of their three-game series against the Reds at Wrigley Field. Lester is 8-0 with a 1.47 ERA in his last 11 starts, holding opposing hitters to a .185 average. He has pitched six plus innings and given up one run or less in six consecutive starts. First pitch from Wrigley Field is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. CT.

Here’s the lineup:

Fowler CF

Bryant LF

Rizzo 1B

Zobrist 2B

Russell SS

Heyward RF

Baez 3B

Ross C

Lester P

Anthony Rizzo is batting .304 with a .400 OBP and five home runs during his 15-game on-base streak. Meanwhile, the Reds’ Joey Votto is red hot. He’s reached base safely in eight of his last nine plate appearances, is now slashing .416/.502/.650 in 60 games since the All-Star break.

#Cubs instructs begin in Mesa

The Cubs instructional league begins today in Mesa, Ariz. Besides the daily drills, a select group will combine with Angels players to play games versus other teams in the Valley. The Cubs prospects on that team include pitchers Dylan Cease, Jared Cheek, Oscar De La Cruz, Jordan Minch, Kyle Miller, Tommy Nance, James Norwood, Carson Sands, Justin Steele and Jen-Ho Tseng; catchers PJ Higgins, Alberto Mineo and Ian Rice; infielders Carlos Sepulveda and Jason Vosler; and outfielders Donnie Dewees and Eddy Martinez.

The Cubs’ top 2016 Draft pick, right-hander Thomas Hatch, who was selected in the third round, will take part in the workouts at the team complex in Mesa.

— Carrie Muskat

#Cubs and Hendricks face Brewers

Kyle Hendricks starts on Sunday in the Cubs’ series finale against the Brewers at Wrigley Field. Hendricks leads the Majors with a 2.03 ERA while teammate Jon Lester is second with a 2.40 ERA. The last time pitchers from the same team finished with the top two ERAs in the Majors was in 2005, when the Astros’ Roger Clemens (1.87) and Andy Pettitte (2.39) did so. Hendricks has given up three or fewer earned runs in each of his last 20 starts dating to May 22 (1.59 ERA), the longest streak by any big league pitcher this season.

The regulars are back. Here’s the lineup:

Fowler CF

Bryant 3B

Rizzo 1B

Zobrist LF

Russell SS

Heyward RF

Montero C

Baez 2B

Hendricks P

*Looking ahead to the Cubs series against the Reds:

Monday: RHP Jason Hammel (14-9, 3.60) vs. RHP Tim Adleman (2-4, 4.21)
Tuesday: LHP Jon Lester (17-4, 2.40) vs. TBD
Wednesday: RHP John Lackey (9-8. 3.42) vs. RHP Robert Stephenson (2-1, 4.97)

#Cubs and Lackey face Brewers

John Lackey will start Friday for the Cubs in the second game of their four-game series against the Brewers at Wrigley Field. Manager Joe Maddon promised an interesting lineup, and here it is:

Szczur RF

Baez SS

Soler LF

Contreras C

Coghlan 1B

Almora CF

La Stella 3B

Kawasaki 2B

Lackey P

#Cubs and Montgomery face Brewers

Lefty Mike Montgomery gets the start on Thursday when the Cubs open a four-game series against the Brewers at Wrigley Field. With a win, the Cubs can clinch the NL Central Division for the first time since 2008. If they do clinch, the Cubs would become the first team to do so on Sept. 15 or earlier since the 2008 Angels (Sept. 10). The last NL team to clinch a division title by this date was the 2005 Cardinals (Sept. 15).

First pitch from Wrigley Field is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. CT, and the game will be broadcast on Comcast Sportsnet and also MLB Network. Here’s the lineup:

Fowler CF

Bryant 3B

Rizzo 1B

Zobrist 2B

Russell SS

Soler LF

Heyward RF

Montero C

Montgomery P

#Cubs honor prospects Jimenez, Clifton

The Cubs named outfielder Eloy Jimenez and right-handed pitcher Trevor Clifton the organization’s Minor League Player and Pitcher of the Year, respectively. The two prospects will be honored at Wrigley Field prior to the Sept. 23 game against the Cardinals.

Jimenez, 19, was named the Midwest League Most Valuable Player and Prospect of the Year after batting .329 with 40 doubles, three triples, 14 homers, 65 runs scored and 81 RBIs in 112 games with Class A South Bend. He led the league in doubles, slugging percentage (.532) and OPS (.901), ranked second in RBIs and total bases (230) and ranked third in batting average. He also led all Cubs’ Minor Leaguers in average and was second in RBIs.

Clifton, 21, went 7-7 with a 2.72 ERA in 23 starts with Class A Myrtle Beach, earning Carolina League Pitcher of the Year honors. He led all Cubs’ Minor Leaguers, and ranked third in the Carolina League, with 129 strikeouts in 119 innings pitched. He was named as both a Carolina League mid-season and post-season All-Star, leading the league in ERA and WHIP (1.16).

Clifton made two post-season starts with Myrtle Beach, allowing one run over 12 innings, including six scoreless innings in Game Three of the Mills Cup Championship Series on Tuesday.

A 12th round Draft pick in 2013, he is ranked as the eighth-best prospect in the Cubs organization by MLB Pipeline.

#Cubs Minor League playoff report

Myrtle Beach claimed its second straight Carolina League title on Wednesday night, beating Lynchburg, 5-3, to take the series 3-1. David Bote had two hits and scored two runs, and was named MVP of the playoffs after going 15-for-26 with five doubles, five walks, five runs scored and nine RBI. Donnie Dewees had three hits, and Eloy Jimenez had two hits and one RBI. James Pugliese picked up the win in relief, striking out seven over 4 1/3 scoreless innings.