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Friday’s games

Iowa’s game against Memphis was postponed because Memphis had travel issues. The teams will play a doubleheader on Saturday.

Michael Wagner struck out seven and gave up two hits over five scoreless innings in Tennessee’s 2-1 victory over Mississippi. Kelly Dugan hit a pinch-hit solo homer in the fifth. In his first rehab game, Chris Coghlan went 1-for-3. Jorge Soler joined the Smokies and was expected to play Saturday. Ian Happ had two hits, including a double.

Trevor Clifton struck out six and gave up three runs over six innings in Myrtle Beach’s 6-3 win over Wilmington. Charcer Burks had three hits, including two doubles, and one RBI. David Bote had three hits and scored two runs.

Carlos Sepulveda delivered a walk-off RBI single in the 10th to give South Bend a 4-3 victory over Burlington. P.J. Higgins had two hits. John Williamson struck out three over two innings.

Eugene rallied to post an 8-5, 11-inning win over Vancouver. D.J. Wilson was 3-for-3 with a double and two RBI. Chris Pieters had three hits and two RBI.

Mesa had the day off and will face the White Sox on Saturday.

#Cubs Fowler returns to lineup

Dexter Fowler is back at the top of the Cubs lineup for Friday’s game against the Brewers. Fowler was activated from the disabled list, and Albert Almora Jr. optioned to Triple-A Iowa. New Cubs reliever Mike Montgomery also joined the team, and Spencer Patton was optioned to Iowa to make room.

Jason Hammel gets the start on Friday at Miller Park. Here’s the lineup:

Fowler CF

Bryant 3B

Rizzo 1B

Zobrist 2B

Contreras LF

Heyward RF

Russell SS

Montero C

Hammel P

 

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Thursday’s games

Iowa lost, 5-4, to Salt Lake. Pierce Johnson gave up three runs over four innings, and now is 1-6 with a 7.75 ERA. Jorge Soler had one hit, a single. Munenori Kawasaki and Logan Watkins each had three hits.

Jen-Ho Tseng gave up one unearned run over six innings in Tennessee’s 5-3 loss to Mississippi. Gioskar Amaya had three hits and David Freitas had two hits and one RBI.

Myrtle Beach beat Wilmington, 9-4. Jake Stinnett struck out six and gave up five earned runs over five innings. Yasiel Balaguert hit a two-run homer, and now has eight RBI in his last three games.

South Bend lost, 3-1, to Burlington. Preston Morrison scattered seven hits and struck out six over six scoreless innings.

Eugene beat Vancouver, 8-7. Kevonte Mitchell had two hits, including a solo home run, and two RBI. Jose Paniagua had three hits and one RBI.

Mesa lost, 5-4, to the Indians. Erling Moreno gave up two runs over four innings. Ruben Reyes had two hits and one RBI. Dakota Mekkes struck out four over two innings.

Respect 90 Main Event a success. #Cubs

Cubs manager Joe Maddon and his wife Jaye hosted the second annual Respect 90 Main Event at Wintrust Bank Building in downtown Chicago on Wednesday night. The sold-out charity boxing event featured several local youth boxers at various skill levels as well as a special main event bout. More than 350 guests sat ringside with Cubs players and enjoyed cocktails, spirits tasting stations, dinner from Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse and a premium auction including unique sports memorabilia. The event raised more than $270,000 for youth boxing programs in Chicago’s underserved communities. (Photos courtesy of the Chicago Cubs)

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Wednesday’s games

Iowa split a doubleheader against Salt Lake. Drew Rucinski took the loss in the first game, giving up two earned runs over four innings. Jake Buchanan won the second game, giving up two earned runs over 5 2/3 innings. Mark Zagunis went 2-for-2 with a double, a walk, two runs scored and three RBI in the second game. Dexter Fowler was a combined 1-for-5 with a double and a walk, and Jorge Soler was 0-3 in the first game.

Tennessee lost, 8-2, to Mississippi. Tyler Skulina gave up seven earned runs over five innings. Gioskar Amaya hit his first home run. Bijan Rademacher had two hits, both doubles.

Myrtle Beach had Wednesday off and faces Wilmington on Thursday. Jake Stinnett is scheduled to start.

South Bend lost, 7-5, to Burlington. Eddy Martinez had three hits including a double, a triple and a solo home run, and drove in two runs. He’s batting .397 in 18 July games. Donnie Dewees had two hits and one RBI. Justin Steele gave up two runs over five innings.

Jose Paulino struck out seven and gave up two hits over seven scoreless innings in Eugene’s 4-0 win over Hillsboro. With the win, Eugene clinched the first half Southern Division title. Wladimir Galindo had two hits, and Robert Garcia hit a solo home run.

Mesa scored four runs in the bottom of the ninth to beat the Angels, 7-6. Jhonny Bethencourt had two hits and two RBI, Yohan Matos had two hits and one RBI, and Luis Ayala had two hits and one RBI. Eugenio Palma picked up the win in relief, pitching two innings.

#Cubs Fowler, Soler play at Iowa

Dexter Fowler was a combined 1-for-5 with a double and a walk in two games with Triple-A Iowa on Wednesday night as part of his rehab assignment. He was expected to join the Cubs on Friday in Milwaukee.

Fowler started in center field in the first game and went 0-for-3 and struck out twice. He was the designated hitter in the second game and went 1-for-2 with a double and a walk and scored two runs in Iowa’s 6-3 win over Salt Lake.

“I’m ready to go,” Fowler told the Des Moines Register. “It’s been four weeks. It’s about time.”

Fowler was expected to rejoin the Cubs on Friday in Milwaukee.

“I’m just here to see pitches,” Fowler said of his rehab assignment at Iowa. “I think that’s the main thing. I hadn’t seen pitches in four weeks. I’m just trying to do that and take some [at-bats].”

Jorge Soler started in left in the first game and went 0-for-3, striking out three times. Joe Nathan entered the first game in the seventh and walked the bases loaded. He was charged with two runs in one-third of an inning. Iowa lost the first game, 5-0.

— Carrie Muskat

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Tuesday’s games

Iowa’s game against Salt Lake was postponed because of rain. The two teams will play a doubleheader on Wednesday. Dexter Fowler and Jorge Soler both were expected to play.

Tennessee had Tuesday off. The Smokies play host to Mississippi on Wednesday. Tyler Skulina is scheduled to start.

Myrtle Beach lost, 13-7, to Winston-Salem. Yasiel Balaguert was 4-for-4 with two RBI, and Rashad Crawford had three hits and scored three runs.

South Bend had Tuesday off and will play host to Burlington on Wednesday. Justin Steele is scheduled to start.

Eugene lost, 8-2, to Hillsboro. Bryan Hudson gave up one earned run over four innings. Chris Pieters hit a two-run homer in the first.

Mesa beat the Dodgers, 7-6. Andry Rondon gave up two earned runs over four innings. Jed Carter, the Cubs’ 15th round pick, made his pro debut. Isaac Paredes had four hits, all singles, and drove in a run.

#Cubs and Hendricks face Mets

Kyle Hendricks will close the Cubs’ three-game series against the Mets on Wednesday at Wrigley Field. First pitch is 1:20 p.m. CT. Here’s the lineup:

Zobrist RF

Bryant 3B

Rizzo 1B

Contreras LF

Heyward CF

Russell SS

Montero C

Baez 2B

Hendricks P

Hendricks, has a 1.50 ERA (10 ER/60 IP) in 10 games (nine starts) at Wrigley Field this season, the second-lowest home ERA in baseball (The Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw has a 1.31 ERA in eight starts at Dodger Stadium).

Hendricks has given up three or fewer runs in each of his last 15 starts at Wrigley Field dating to Aug. 8 of last season. He owns a 2.29 ERA (23 ER/90 1/3 IP) and is 7-2 with just 18 walks, 88 strikeouts and a .202 opponent average in this stretch at home.

The Cubs have a day off Thursday, then bus north to Milwaukee to face the Brewers. Here are the pitching matchups for the weekend:

Friday: RHP Jason Hammel (8-5, 3.34) vs. RHP Jimmy Nelson (6-7, 3.39)
Saturday: RHP John Lackey (7-6, 3.75) vs. RHP Zach Davies (6-4, 3.79)
Sunday: LHP Jon Lester (10-4, 2.89) vs. RHP Junior Guerra (6-2, 3.06)

#Cubs Rizzo takes time for kids

Anthony Rizzo made his regular visit to Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago on Tuesday, and handed out Cubs items to the patients on the oncology floor. He also continued his tradition of having the patients autograph a jersey.

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#Cubs and Arrieta face Mets

Jake Arrieta makes his first start of the second half on Tuesday night at Wrigley Field. First pitch is scheduled for 6:05 p.m. CT. Here’s the lineup:

La Stella 3B

Bryant RF

Rizzo 1B

Zobrist 2B

Contreras LF

Heyward CF

Russell SS

Montero C

Arrieta P

Arrieta has had 10 days of rest since his worst outing in over a year, July 8, when he gave up six runs (his most since May 2015) over six innings, taking the loss against the Pirates. Arrieta has four losses over his last seven starts, going 3-4 with a 4.81 ERA in that span. He had four losses in his previous 39 starts combined (28-4, 1.59 ERA in that stretch).

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