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Monday’s games

Tommy La Stella was 2-for-3 in Iowa’s 4-3 win over Omaha. La Stella is 6-for-21 with a home run and three RBI in his rehab stint. Mark Zagunis had two hits, including a two-run homer. Matt Murton also had two hits and one RBI.

Jen-Ho Tseng gave up three runs over seven innings in Tennessee’s 4-3 win over Jackson. Chesny Young and Ben Carhart each hit home runs. Ian Happ added a double.

Myrtle Beach lost, 8-0, to Winston-Salem. Zach Hedges took the loss, giving up five earned runs over 5 1/3 innings. Rashad Crawford had two hits and stole a base.

South Bend lost, 6-3, to Fort Wayne. Jesse Hodges hit a triple and drove in two runs. Carson Sands started and gave up four runs over 2 2/3 innings.

Marcus Mastrobuoni had two hits, both home runs, including a grand slam, in Eugene’s 7-5 win over Everett. Pedro Silverio gave up thre runs over four innings. Andruw Monasterio had three hits.

Mesa lost, 14-2, to the Indians. Ruben Reyes hit two doubles and Isaac Paredes had two hits and one RBI.

#Cubs and Lackey face Reds

Kris Bryant was back at third base for Tuesday’s Cubs game against the Reds. Bryant suffered a bruise on his left leg in a collision with teammate Albert Almora Jr. on Monday. John Lackey gets  the start. Here’s the lineup:

Zobrist RF

Bryant 3B

Rizzo 1B

Contreras LF

Russell SS

Heyward CF

Ross C

Lackey P

Baez 2B

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Sunday’s games

Clayton Richard gave up one hit, walked two and struck out three over four innings for Iowa in a 3-2 loss to Round Rock. Richard was making his second rehab outing. Matt Murton had two hits, including a solo home run, and Tommy La Stella went 0-for-4.

Tyler Skulina gave up three runs over four innings in Tennessee’s 9-2 loss to Jacksonville. Bijan Rademacher had three hits and one RBI.

Myrtle Beach lost, 5-3, to Potomac. Jason Vosler had two hits and two RBI. Yasiel Balaguert had two hits.

South Bend scored four runs in the eighth to post a 5-3 win over Lansing. Eddy Martinez had three hits and one RBI. Tyler Alamo had two hits and two RBI.

Jesus Castillo gave up two runs over five innings in Eugene’s 3-0 loss to Salem-Keizer. Kevonte Mitchell had two hits, and now has a 10-game hitting streak.

Mesa lost, 4-3, to the A’s. Sam Tidaback, the Cubs’ 21st round pick, made his pro debut.

#Cubs and Lester face Mets

Jon Lester gets the start on Sunday in the series finale against the Mets. The Cubs promoted Jeimer Candelario from Triple-A Iowa and placed Chris Coghlan on the DL. Candelario is starting at third base on Sunday. Here’s the lineup:

Zobrist 2B

Heyward CF

Bryant RF

Rizzo 1B

Contreras LF

Candelario 3B

Baez SS

Ross C

Lester P

Lester was named NL Pitcher of the Month for June after going 4-0 with 1.41 ERA (seven earned runs in 44 2/3 innings pitched) and 44 strikeouts. The three-time All-Star tied for first in the Majors in innings pitched during the month of June, was tied for first among National Leaguers in wins, and posted the NL’s second lowest ERA while tying for second in strikeouts.

#Cubs Coghlan to DL; Candelario up

The Cubs placed outfielder Chris Coghlan on the disabled list Sunday and promoted Jeimer Candelario to the big league team. Coghlan had to leave Saturday’s game because of right rib cage soreness.

Candelario, 22, ranked seventh among’s list of top 30 Cubs prospects, was batting .333 at Triple-A Iowa with three home runs and 15 RBIs in 25 games.

Coghlan started Saturday’s game against the Mets in right field and flew out to right in his only at-bat in the second inning. He was lifted for pinch-hitter Javier Baez in the fourth, and Baez then stayed in the game at second base and Ben Zobrist shifted to right.

Cubs manager Joe Maddon said Coghlan felt something on a checked swing, but Coghlan said he’s been battling some discomfort for a few days.

Coghlan was batting .194 in 70 games this season.

— Carrie Muskat

#Cubs and Arrieta face Mets

Jake Arrieta gets the start on Saturday night against the Mets. The Cubs have lost three of Arrieta’s last six starts. The offense has stalled, scoring four total runs in those three losses. He’s gone five innings in three of his last five starts, and his pitch counts in those starts: 108, 106, 93.

Here’s the lineup:

Zobrist 2B

Heyward CF

Bryant 3B

Rizzo 1B

Contreras LF

Montero C

Russell SS

Coghlan RF

Arrieta P

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Friday’s games

Rob Zastryzny struck out seven and gave up three runs over six innings in Iowa’s 3-0 loss to Round Rock. Tommy La Stella went 0-for-4 in his fourth rehab game.

Paul Blackburn gave up two runs over five innings in Tennessee’s 5-3 win over Jacksonville. Jacob Hannemann and Gioskar Amaya each had a double and one RBI. Blackburn has given up three or fewer earned runs in 10 of his 15 starts.

Erick Leal gave up four hits over five scoreless innings in Myrtle Beach’s 8-1 win over Potomac. Leal struck out seven to improve to 10-3, and is the first 10-game winner in the Cubs’ Minor League system this year. Jeffrey Baez hit a solo home run. Gleyber Torres had two hits and one RBI and Ian Rice had two RBI.

Eloy Jimenez drove in his 56th run in South Bend’s 3-2 loss to Lansing. Jimenez, who will play in the All-Star Futures Game, is batting .337. Casey Bloomquist took the loss, giving up three runs over five innings.

Eugene beat Salem-Keizer, 7-4. Robert Garcia and D.J. Wilson each hit home runs, the first for both this season. Wilson’s was a two-run shot in the fourth. Matt Rose had two hits, scored two runs and stole a base. Jose Paulino struck out eight and gave up one run over six innings for the win.

Mesa had Friday off and will play the Athletics at Sloan Park in Mesa on Saturday.


#Cubs Lester NL Pitcher of the Month

The Cubs’ Jon Lester was named National League Pitcher of the Month for June after going 4-0 with 1.41 ERA. He gave up seven earned runs over 44 2/3 innings pitched and struck out 44 in the month.

Lester was tied for first in the Majors in innings pitched during the month of June, was tied for first among NL pitchers in wins, and posted the NL’s second lowest ERA.

It’s  the fourth career Pitcher of the Month honor for Lester and first in the National League. Teammate Jake Arrieta was named NL Pitcher of the Month in April.


#Cubs and Hammel face Mets in Game 2

Cubs pitcher Jason Hammel spent Thursday at the Sirius XM studios in New York to host a couple hours on the Pearl Jam network. He got to play some of his favorite tunes, explain why he uses their song “Alive” as his warm-up and walk-up music, and chatted about the band. Pretty cool.

On Friday, Hammel will get the start for the Cubs in Game 2 of their four-game series against the Mets. Here’s the lineup:

Zobrist 2B

Heyward RF

Bryant LF

Rizzo 1B

Contreras C

Baez 3B

Russell SS

Hammel P

Almora Jr. CF


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