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#Cubs Warren makes 1st start for Iowa

Adam Warren gave up two runs on three hits and four walks and struck out three over 3 2/3 innings for Triple-A Iowa on Saturday in a 6-5 loss to Oklahoma City. The right-hander threw 59 pitches, 31 strikes, as he continues to tune up for one start with the Cubs prior to the All-Star break. He was expected to make one more Minor League start. Mark Zagunis, Jeimer Candelario and Dan Vogelbach each hit solo home runs for Iowa.

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Friday’s games

Logan Watkins was 4-for-4 and scored two runs and Drew Rucinski gave up three earned runs over five innings in Iowa’s 7-4 win over Nashville. Jeimer Candelario had two hits and one RBI. Munenori Kawasaki had two RBI. Matt Murton had three hits.

Jen-Ho Tseng gave up one run over six innings in Tennessee’s 4-1 win over Pensacola. Jacob Hannemann had two hits and Kelly Dugan hit a home run. Tseng has given up one or fewer runs in each of his last five starts.

Charcer Burks hit a go-ahead RBI double in the eighth to help Myrtle Beach beat Carolina, 4-3. Erick Leal gave up three runs over six innings. Jason Vosler and Yasiel Balaguert each had two hits.

Preston Morrison gave up three hits over seven scoreless innings in South Bend’s 4-0 win over Dayton. He struck out six. P.J. Higgins had two hits and Bryant Flete hit a triple and drove in a run. Eloy Jimenez’s hitting streak ended, but he did drive in a run.

Bryan Hudson threw five scoreless innings in Eugene’s 6-0 win. Andruw Monasterio had two RBI and two hits.

Javier Assad gave up three hits over five scoreless innings in Mesa’s 4-3 win over the Angels. Rafael Mejia had two hits.

#Cubs and Lackey vs. Marlins

John Lackey gets the start on Saturday against the Marlins. In his last 10 starts, Lackey has gone 4-2 with a 1.97 ERA (15 ER/68 2/3 IP), the sixth-lowest ERA in the NL in that span and lowest among the Cubs starters.

The Cubs enter Saturday’s game with a 48-24 record, the best 72-game record since a 50-22 start in 1918. The Cubs have won at least 48 of their first 72 games two other times: the 1906 Cubs were also 50-22 while the 1907 squad started off 55-17

Joe Maddon enters Saturday’s game having managed 1,744 Major League games. That’s the exact same number of games managed as his friend and former Cubs manager Don Zimmer. Saturday will be game No. 1,745, and Maddon will move into sole possession of 70th place on the all time list for games managed.

Willson Contreras hit a two-run homer and RBI single on Friday. He now has a six-game hitting streak to begin his Major League career, going 7-for-17 (.412) with three home runs, eight RBI and a .941 slugging percentage. Between the Majors and Triple-A, he’s hit safely in his last 26 games.

Please note: I’ve been unable to access the blog at Marlins Park for the last two days, which is why I have not posted the lineups. Please go to Cubs.com or check my Twitter feed for the lineup.

#Cubs snap skid with win over Marlins

Willson Contreras smacked a two-run homer in the first and a tie-breaking RBI single in the seventh to lift the Cubs to a 5-4 victory Friday night over the Marlins in Miami and snap a four-game losing streak. The three RBIs were a career high for Contreras, whose young career is just seven games old. Kris Bryant also homered in a four-run first. He now has 50 RBIs.

Kyle Hendricks gave up one hit over five innings — a grand slam — and walked four. He did not get a decision.

Ben Zobrist had to leave the game with a bruised left ankle after he was hit by a pitch in the seventh. He was not expected to play Saturday.

Cubs manager Joe Maddon said Miguel Montero will start Saturday. He’s been bothered by a sore right knee. Anthony Rizzo also  could return to the lineup. He’s been sidelined for two straight games because of a tightness in his lower back.

 

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Thursday’s games

Iowa split a doubleheader against Nashville, winning the first game, 3-0, and losing the second, 7-4. Munenori Kawasaki had two hits in the first game. In the second game, Matt Murton had two hits and scored two runs. Jeimer Canderlario also had two hits.

Jacob Hannemann hit two home runs in Tennessee’s 6-4 loss to Pensacola. Tyler Skulina gave up four runs over 2 1/3 innings. Joe Nathan made his first rehab outing and struck out two in a scoreless fifth. He threw 17 pitches, 11 for strikes.

Jonathan Martinez struck out eight and gave up two runs over 7 1/3 innings in Myrtle Beach’s 2-1 loss to Carolina. Gleyber Torres had two hits, and is batting .346 during a seven-game hitting streak. Charcer Burks also had two hits.

South Bend scored 11 runs on 11 hits in an 11-1 win over Dayton. Eloy Jimenez hit a two-run homer and finished with three RBI. He’s riding a 15-game hitting streak and is batting .433 in that stretch.

Dylan Cease struck out seven and gave up one run over four innings in Eugene’s 11-9 loss to Spokane. Yeiler Peguro had three hits and scored three runs. Andruw Monasterio had three hits and two RBI.

Mesa lost, 12-6, to the D-backs. In his second rehab outing, Aaron Crow gave up one hit in one inning and struck out one. Ruben Reyes finished with two RBI.

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Wednesday’s games

Jake Buchanan gave up one run over six innings in Iowa’s 3-2 win over Nashville. Jeimer Candelario and David Freitas each had two hits. Buchanan struck out seven.

Tennessee had Wednesday off and resumes play against Pensacola on Thursday.

Myrtle Beach had Wednesday off and resumes play against Carolina on Thursday.

South Bend had Wednesday off and resumes play against Dayton on Thursday.

Pedro Silverio gave up one run over five innings in Eugene’s 8-1 win over Hillsboro. Tyler Payne had three hits and Ian Rose and Jose Paniagua each drove in two runs.

Mesa gave up four runs in the ninth but held on for a 5-4 victory over the D-backs. Rafael Mejia had two hits and Jack Leathersich picked up the win in relief.

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The Cubs and Class A South Bend team have extended their Player Development Contract 2 1/2 years before the original contract expires, and the new deal will continue the team’s affiliation with the big league club through the 2020 season.

 

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Tuesday’s games

Eloy Jimenez went 1-for-5 with a home run and four RBI in the Midwest League All-Star Game. He hit a game-tying three-run homer in the ninth, and was named MVP of the game. Donnie Dewees went 2-for-4 with one RBI and scored three runs.

Iowa’s game vs. Nashville was postponed because of rain. It will be made up as part of a doubleheader on Thursday.

Eugene totaled three hits in a 4-1 loss to Hillsboro. Jesus Castillo gave up two runs over five innings.

Mesa had Tuesday off and returns to action Wednesday against the D-Backs.

Ride Across America

Quick personal note: My brother-in-law is part of a four-person team competing in RAAM (Ride Across America) this week. They started in Oceanside, CA, on Saturday, and the finish line is in Anapolis, MD.

As of this morning, they’ve covered more than 1700 miles and have passed the halfway point. at 9:30 a.m. CT, they were approaching the check point at Yates Center, MO. He’s a Cubs fan — as are most of the people on his team — so if you see some bike riders passing through, please cheer them on. Their checkpoints are Jefferson City, MO, then Washington, MO, then West Alton, MO, and en route to Greenville, IL, and then Effingham, IL, today. Go Team 408!

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#Cubs and Hammel face Cards

Jason Hammel gets the start on Tuesday night at Wrigley Field for the second game of the Cubs’ three-game series against the Cardinals. Willson Contreras will start at catcher for the second straight game. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. CT. Here’s the lineup:

Coghlan LF

Heyward RF

Bryant 3B

Rizzo 1B

Zobrist 2B

Contreras C

Russell SS

Almora CF

Hammel P

The Cubs are 13-4 in their last 17 home games, and 25-9 at Wrigley Field this season.

Hammel is coming  off one of his best outings. He held the Nationals to one run on five hits over seven innings in his last start, striking out four. He has not walked a batter in his last two starts and has a 2.26 ERA.

 

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Monday’s games

Rob Zastryzny gave up four runs over six innings in Iowa’s 5-4 win over Memphis. John Andreoli had two hits, both doubles, and scored two runs.

It’s All-Star break time for Tennessee, Myrtle Beach and South Bend.

Manuel Rondon gave up one hit over five scoreless innings in Eugene’s 6-0 win over Hillsboro. Andruw Monasterio hit a two-run homer in the third. Tyler Payne and Yeiler Peguero each had two hits.

Kevin Zamudio and Luis Ayala each hit home runs in Mesa’s 5-3 win over the Brewers. Ayala hit a go-ahead three-run inside the park homer while Zamudio hit a two-run homer in the eighth. Yapson Gomez threw three innings for the win.

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