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Thursday’s games

Carlos Pimentel gave up one earned run over 6 1/3 innings in Iowa’s 7-2 win over Round Rock. Rafael Lopez had three hits
and Christian Villanueva and Adron Chambers each had two RBIs.

Tennessee’s game vs. Mississippi was suspended in the fourth because of rain and the Smokies leading 1-0. The game was to be resumed on Friday and followed by the regularly scheduled game.

Myrtle Beach’s game vs. Lynchburg was postponed because of rain and will be made up as part of a doubleheader on Saturday.

Dayton scored in the 10th to beat South Bend, 2-1. Jake Stinnett gave up one run (unearned) on one hit and three walks over six innings. Yasiel Balaguert and Cael Brockmeyer each had three hits.

Carson Sands gave up two runs on five hits over five innings in Eugene’s 6-1 loss to Everett in the season opener. Eloy
Jimenez had two hits and one RBI.

The Arizona Rookie League Cubs open their season Saturday.

#Cubs lineup and leftovers from 17-0 win

* Jason Hammel gets the start Thursday when the Cubs close their two-game series in Cleveland. Here’s the lineup:

Fowler CF

Rizzo 1B

Bryant 3B

Montero C

Castro SS

Coghlan LF

Denorfia RF

Schwarber DH

Russell 2B

About last night …

* The Cubs’ 17-0 victory Wednesday over the Indians was the largest shutout road victory for the Cubs in 109 years since they blanked the New York Giants, 19-0, on June 7, 1906.

* Kris Bryant hit his first career grand slam while Kyle Schwarber recorded four hits in his first career start. According to Elias, it was the first time in almost 90 years that one Cubs rookie hit a slam and another Cubs rookie had four hits in the same game. It also happened on Aug. 25, 1925, against the Phillies when Mandy Brooks hit a grand slam and Art Jahn had four hits in a 19-10 win.

* The Cubs collected six runs on six hits in the second inning, then plated four runs on six hits in the third. It was the first time in nearly 13 years they recorded six or more hits in consecutive innings. It was previously done on Aug. 20, 2002, at Houston in the third and fourth innings.

* Bryant is the first Cubs rookie in 87 years to record two hitting streaks of at least 12 games apiece in the same season. According to STATS Inc., the last to do so was Freddie Maguire, who had streaks of 13 and 15 games in 1928.

And looking ahead …

After Thursday’s game, the Cubs travel to Minneapolis to play an Interleague series against the Twins. Here are the pitching matchups:

Friday: RHP Kyle Hendricks (2-2, 3.80) vs. RHP Jared Hughes (4-6, 4.79)
Saturday: LHP Jon Lester (4-5, 3.99) vs. RHP Trevor May (4-5, 4.26)
Sunday: RHP Jake Arrieta (6-5, 3.40) vs. RHP Kyle Gibson (4-5, 3.33)

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Wednesday’s games

Junior Lake hit a solo home run but it wasn’t enough as Iowa lost 7-4 to Omaha. Taylor Teagarden had two hits.

Pierce Johnson gave up three hits over five scoreless innings in Tennessee’s 8-0 win over Mississippi. Johnson struck out four. Neil Ramirez retired the side in the sixth in his first rehab appearance. Bijan Rademacher, Stephen Bruno and Bryant Flete each had two hits. Flete finished with three RBI.

Mark Zagunis had three hits and an RBI to help Myrtle Beach beat Winstom-Salem, 5-2. Jeimer Candelario and Jacob Rogers each had two hits.

South Bend lost, 3-1, to Dayton. Rashad Crawford had two hits and Michael Wagner struck out six over 3 1/3 innings in relief.

Eugene opens its season Thursday at Everett.

#Cubs officially sign 1st round pick Ian Happ

The Cubs announced they have signed first-round Draft pick outfielder Ian Happ. Happ, 20, this season batted .369 with 47 runs scored, 18 doubles, 14 home runs and 44 RBIs for the Cincinnati Bearcats. He walked 49 times to contribute to a .492 on-base percentage, and his .672 slugging mark gave him a 1.164 OPS. The outfielder led the American Athletic Conference (AAC) in batting average, on-base percentage and slugging percentage, and tied for the lead in walks. He also led his team in runs, hits, doubles, homers and RBI.

A semi-finalist for the 2015 USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award, the switch-hitting Happ was recognized as the 2015 AAC Player of the Year, named First Team Academic All-American, Second Team Louisville Slugger All-American and was a unanimous first team All-Conference member as voted on by the league’s head coaches. He was listed as one of the top three pure college hitters in this year’s Draft by Baseball America.

* The Cubs now have signed 10 selections (including Happ): left-hander Ryan Kellogg (fifth round), right-hander Dave Berg (sixth round), right-hander Craig Brooks (seventh round), infielder Vimael Machin (10th round), infielder Blake Headley (20th round), right-hander Jared Cheek (21st round), left-hander John Williamson (23rd round), catcher Marcus Mastrobuoni (25th round) and infielder Angelo Amendolare (27th round).

#Cubs recall Medina; Rosscup to DL

The Cubs recalled right-handed pitcher Yoervis Medina from Triple-A Iowa and placed left-handed pitcher Zac Rosscup on the 15-day disabled list with left shoulder inflammation. Medina will wear uniform No. 33 and will be in Cleveland Wednesday.

Medina, 26, was acquired from the Mariners for catcher Welington Castillo on May 19 and has since appeared in 10 games for Iowa, producing a 2.57 ERA (2 ER/7 IP) in his last six relief appearances dating to May 31.

The right-hander broke into the big leagues with the Mariners in 2013 and went 4-6 with one save and a 2.91 ERA in 63 relief appearances while ranking second among all AL rookies with 19 holds.

Rosscup, 27, is 2-1 with a 4.30 ERA (11 ER/23 IP) in 26 relief appearances for the Cubs after he was recalled from Iowa on April 14. He is 3-1 with a 5.44 ERA (26 ER/43 IP) and 53 strikeouts in 54 career relief outings for the Cubs spanning parts of the last three seasons.

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Tuesday’s games

Jeff Antigua gave up three runs on five hits over five innings in Iowa’s 6-4 loss to Omaha. John Andreoli was 3-for-3 and
Matt Szczur had two hits and two RBIs.

Tennessee had Tuesday off and returns to action Wednesday against Mississippi.

Duane Underwood Jr. gave up two hits over seven scoreless innings in Myrtle Beach’s 6-0 win over Winston-Salem. Jacob
Rogers had three hits, including a solo home run in the sixth. Mark Zagunis had two hits and three RBIs. Underwood struck
out four and walked one, and now is 6-2 with a 1.85 ERA.

Jesse Hodges had three hits in South Bend’s 3-1 loss to DAyton. Zach Hedges took the loss, giving up three hits over seven
innings. Daniel Lewis threw a scoreless ninth.

#Cubs Schwarber: “It can only go up”

Kyle Schwarber figures it can only get better after his Major League debut.

The Cubs prospect needed to catch in the ninth inning Tuesday against the Indians, and then got his first ML at-bat leading off the Chicago ninth. Unfortunately, he had to face tough lefty Marc Rzepczynski, who struck out Schwarber on three pitches.

“My at-bat wasn’t the best at-bat at all but I got the first one out of the way,” Schwarber said. “It can only go up from there, I guess.”

Kris Bryant can empathize. He struck out three times in his ML debut on April 17.

Schwarber was promoted to be used as the designated hitter in the Cubs’ next five games in American League ballparks. He didn’t expect that his first action would be behind the plate but Montero was  ejected after the eighth.

“It was unexpected,” Schwarber said. “I didn’t know it was going to happen. They said, ‘Schwarber, you’re up.’ … Then [David Ross] said, ‘You’re catching.’ It was fun and good experience to get that first inning behind the plate in.”

And no butterflies.

“I was surprised how calm I was going back there for the first time,” Schwarber said. “My first at-bat I didn’t seem rushed or anything. Just getting the first one out of the way, it can only go up.”

— Carrie Muskat

#Cubs Maddon honored to hoist the Cup

The Cubs lost 6-0 to the Indians on Tuesday at Wrigley Field but won’t forget the pre-game ceremonies. The Blackhawks paraded the Stanley Cup around Wrigley before the game, and allowed manager Joe Maddon to hoist it over his head.

“I was concerned about how heavy it was,” Maddon said of the 35-pound trophy. “I’m watching these guys throw it up there and some of them are bending backwards, and it’s almost like clean and jerk kind of things.”

He asked the Blackhawks players, and they told the 61-year-old manager  he could do it.

“The fact I’ve been religiously lifting dumbbells, I felt confident in the moment,” Maddon said. “Once you got your hands on it and felt the weight, you knew at that moment, I can do this. I know not everybody has had that opportunity to do something like that, and to do it in front of your home crowd, it was an honor they would present it to me.

“More than anything, I was pleased I was able to do it physically. I did well. I saw the replay. I watched it in slow
motion — music like ‘Chariots of Fire’ in the background. Outstanding moment.”

Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta had a chance to congratulate some of the Blackhawks when they walked past him while he was starting his warm-up.

“They had a tremendous run and outstanding performance,” Arrieta said. “It’s a testament to their team and their ability for their team to come together. … It was a special night to be a part of. We would’ve liked our result to be a little different. It
doesn’t take away from the season they had. It would’ve been nice to come out with a victory. We just got beat all across
the board and need to come out a little sharper.”

— Carrie Muskat

#Cubs updates: Ramirez, Soler

* Reliever Neil Ramirez was scheduled to make his first rehab outing on Wednesday for Double-A Tennessee. He’s been on the disabled list since April 16 with right shoulder inflammation. Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein said they’ve scripted a plan for the right-hander, but his progression will depend on how he feels.

* Outfielder Jorge Soler, on the DL with a left ankle sprain, did some work in the batting cage on Tuesday without wearing the supportive boot. Epstein said Soler has a “legit ankle sprain” and they don’t want to rush him back.

#Cubs Rizzo visits patients

Anthony Rizzo visited the oncology floor and Family Life Center at Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago on Tuesday, bringing Cubs hats and teddy bears to patients and their families.

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