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7/27 Cubs vs Rockies

After the Cubs’ series against the Cardinals, they will play host to the Rockies for four games at Wrigley Field. Here are the pitching matchups:

Monday: LHP Tsuyoshi Wada (0-1, 5.00) vs. LHP Yohan Flande (0-2, 7.20)
Tuesday: RHP Edwin Jackson (5-11, 5.68) vs. LHP Jorge De La Rosa (11-6, 4.19)
Wednesday: LHP Travis Wood (7-9, 5.06) vs. LHP Brett Anderson (1-3, 3.24)
Thursday: RHP Jake Arrieta (5-2, 2.18) vs. LHP Tyler Matzek (2-4, 4.28)

7/27 Cubs lineup

Kyle Hendricks gets the start Sunday in the Cubs’ series finale against the Cardinals. Here’s the lineup:

Bonifacio 2B
Alcantara CF
Rizzo 1B
Castro SS
Valbuena 3B
Coghlan LF
Castillo C
Sweeney RF
Hendricks P

7/26 Cardinals 6, Cubs 3

* Jake Arrieta did not get a decision Saturday, but did record his ninth consecutive quality start. He gave up two runs on five hits while walking one and striking out six over six innings. He’s 1-0 with a 1.21 ERA (3 ER/22 1/3 IP) in four-career starts against the Cardinals. Arrieta has a 1.01 WHIP, which ranks fourth in the NL among pitchers with at least 80 innings.

* Starlin Castro (1-for-4) has now reached base safely in 35 of his last 39 games since June 23.

* The Cubs’ bullpen has a 7.07 ERA in its last four games, giving up 11 earned runs over 14 innings.

* Saturday’s attendance of 41,927 topped Friday’s crowd of 41,534 and was the largest crowd at Wrigley Field this season.

* The Cubs have given up multiple first-inning runs in four-straight games (nine total).

* Nate Schierholtz tied the game with a pinch-hit, solo home run in the bottom of the sixth. It was the Cubs’ first pinch-hit homer since Schierholtz delivered on July 23, 2013, at Arizona.

* Emilio Bonifacio has hit safely in each of his five games since returning from the disabled list, and each of his last seven home games (.429/12-for-28).

* Ryan Sweeney hit a solo homer in the eighth, his second homer in as many games. It’s the first time in his career he’s hit in back to back games.

7/26 Minor matters

Chris Rusin gave up three runs over eight innings in Iowa’s 3-2 loss to Memphis. Javier Baez hit his 23rd double and drove in his 67th run. He has hit safely in 18 of his last 19 games.

Addison Russell hit two home runs and Luis Flores added his third of the season but it wasn’t enough as Tennessee lost, 9-8, to Mississippi. Russell drove in four runs and was batting .250. He now has six multi-hit games with the Smokies.

Daytona’s game against St. Lucie was postponed because of rain. The two teams will try to play doubleheaders Saturday and Sunday.

Jeimder Candelario had three hits, including two doubles, and drove in four runs in Kane County’s 7-2 win over South Bend. Shawon Dunston had three hits and one RBI.

Danny Canela had two hits, including a solo home run, in Boise’s 3-1 loss to Everett in the first game of a doubleheader. Trevor Graham gave up two earned runs over six innings. Boise lost the second game, 2-1. Charcer Burks had two hits.

Mesa totaled three hits against the Giants in a 6-2 loss. Ivan Pineyro gave up four runs over two innings.

7/26 Parker up, Ramirez to rest

The Cubs recalled Blake Parker from Triple-A Iowa and optioned Neil Ramirez to the Minor League team. The move was not done because of Ramirez’s performance but it will give the right-hander a breather and the big league team a fresh arm. Ramirez, 25, is 1-1 with three saves and a 0.96 ERA in 33 relief outings for the Cubs this season. The Cubs may do the same with Brian Schlitter and Justin Grimm as well.

– Carrie Muskat

7/26 Cubs lineup

Jake Arrieta takes the mound Saturday as the Cubs try to make it two in a row against the Cardinals. Here’s the lineup:

Bonifacio 2B
Alcantara CF
Rizzo 1B
Castro SS
Valbuena 3B
Coghlan LF
Castillo C
Sweeney RF
Arrieta P

7/26 Extra bases

* Luis Valbuena, who hit a game-winning two-run homer Friday against the Cardinals, is batting .345 (10-for-29) with seven extra-base hits against the Cardinals this season. According to Elias, Valbuena’s seven extra-base hits (4 2B, 1 3B, 2 HR) are the most by any player against St. Louis this season.

* Wesley Wright has a 0.63 ERA (1 ER/14 1/3 IP) in 17 games against NL Central division foes this season. Neil Ramirez has posted a 0.68 ERA (1 ER/13 1/3 IP) in 13 relief outings.

7/26 Centennial seats

The 100 Cubs Charities’ Centennial Seats will be on display until Sunday evening on Michigan Avenue. The seats will still be up for auction online at through Aug. 10. The Cubs partnered with 47 Chicago-based non-profits, celebrities and artists to paint the Centennial Seats. All proceeds from the nonprofit-designed chairs will be split between Cubs Charities and the respective partnering organization. These unique chairs have lined the Mag Mile since May 30, where thousands of Chicagoans and tourist have enjoyed scenes from specific moments in Wrigley Field history. You can find a map, images and description of each chair on Centennial Seats page.

7/25 Trade rumors

FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reported Friday the Cubs may hang onto Justin Ruggiano and Luis Valbuena at the Trade Deadline even though both have drawn interest and could help a contending club. On Wednesday, Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein told Chicago media that they are evaluating the current roster and trying to decide who to keep. What they want to determine is which players now will help the next generation make the transition.

“There’s value to keeping players who have roles here for the sake of continuity and leadership and performance on the field,” Epstein said at Wrigley Field. “We’re not in any rush to make trades for the sake of making trades.”

– Carrie Muskat

7/25 Maddux memories

Rick Sutcliffe remembers when Greg Maddux first joined the Cubs in 1986 and watching the skinny right-hander pitch. There was one game in Maddux’s first year when someone hit a ball that should’ve resulted in a triple but the hitter stopped at second. That seemed puzzling to Sutcliffe. Maddux had been struggling, and Sutcliffe had experienced something similar his second year with the Dodgers. Apparently, Maddux was tipping his pitches, and the runner at second could send a message to his teammates.

Sutcliffe, Maddux and pitching coach Dick Pole figured out what was happening, and obviously, the young pitcher developed a plan.

“When the next season started, Greg would show the runner at second his change-up, and then he’d change it to a fastball,” Sutcliffe said Friday. “You’d see people in the opposing dugout, saying, ‘What’s going on?’ It turned everything around for him.”

Maddux went on to win 355 games, strike out 3,371 batters, win four Cy Young awards, and on Sunday, he’ll be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame induction ceremony will air on Sunday at 12:30 p.m. CT live on MLB Network and simulcast on and the At-Bat app.

The Cubs have a contingent in Cooperstown to help celebrate Maddux’s induction, including chairman Tom Ricketts.

Maddux wasn’t just a good pitcher, he was a great teammate. Sutcliffe recalled the July 1987 game when Padres pitcher Eric Show hit Andre Dawson in the head with a pitch as pay back. Maddux was pitching that game, and had every intention of hitting the first batter he faced the next inning. But Maddux knew before the game that he was headed to the Minors if he didn’t win that day.

“He says, ‘I don’t care if I ever get another win, I’m hitting the first guy,'” Sutcliffe said. “He hit Benito Santiago at 95 miles an hour. I don’t know if he ever threw a pitch any harder than that. he gained the respect of everyone he played with by doing that.”

Maddux lockered next to Sutcliffe, who said it eventually got to the point where the young pitcher was teaching Sutcliffe things about the game.

There is one thing, though, that always irked Sutcliffe.

“It used to make [Ryne] Sandberg and I so mad — we’d go out to the parking lot and people would go crazy [for autographs],” Sutcliffe said. “Greg would put on that Mickey Mouse hat of his and walk right through the fans to his apartment. They’d say, ‘It’s the bat boy — I’m not going to bother the bat boy.’ Shoot, you’re talking about a Cy Young winner there.”

– Carrie Muskat


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