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Haren starts Sat for #Cubs vs Braves

Dan Haren starts Saturday for the Cubs in Game 3 of their four-game series against the Braves. First pitch will be 3:05 p.m. CT at Wrigley Field. Here’s the lineup:

Fowler CF

Schwarber LF

Coghlan 2B

Rizzo 1B

Bryant 3B

Montero C

Soler RF

Haren P

Russell SS

*On Friday, the Cubs bullpen threw four scoreless innings. It was the 16th time this season in which the Cubs relievers have
totaled at least four innings without giving up a run in a game. Last year, the bullpen did that 11 times (and eight times
in 2013).

*Speaking of relief, Jason Motte improved to 8-1 with the win Friday, and has the most relief victories in the Majors this season. The eight wins are the most by a Cubs reliever since Jeff Samardzija had eight in 2011. The last Cubs reliever with more victories in a season was Lee Smith, who won nine in 1986.

*The Cubs have hit 42 home runs since the All-Star break, second-most in the NL behind the Mets (43). In the last
nine games, the Cubs have hit 19 long balls for an average of 2.1 homers per contest.

*If you think the Cubs are hitting better, you’re right. The Cubs are batting .270 (144-for-534) with 91 runs scored in their last 16 games since Aug. 4, good for an average of 5.7 runs per game. That includes a .307 average (42-for-137) with runners in scoring position.

Prior to this 16-game stretch, the Cubs batted .225 (260-for-1,157) and averaged 3.5 runs per games in 35 contests from June 27-Aug. 6. That included a .212 mark (61-for-288) with runners in scoring position.

#Cubs Minor League report: Baez 3R HR

Friday’s games

Javier Baez had two hits, including a three-run homer, and drove in four runs in Iowa’s 12-8 loss to Salt Lake. Mike Olt
and Christian Villanueva also homered. Tsuyoshi Wada gave up five runs over three innings.

Willson Contreras had two hits, including a game-tying solo home run in the seventh, and Albert Almora Jr. hit a walk-off
RBI single in the 12th to lead Tennessee to a 7-6 victory over Montgomery. Anthony Giansanti had three hits and one RBI.

Jeremy Null gave up four runs over five innings in Myrtle Beach’s 4-3 loss to Frederick. Ben Carhart and Trey Martin had
two hits each. Tyler Ihrig threw two scoreless innings of relief and has not given up a run over his last five outings (14
innings).

James Norwood gave up four runs over five innings in South Bend’s 6-2 loss to Fort Wayne. Matt Rose had two hits. Daniel
Lewis threw two hitless innings of relief. It was his eighth hitless outing.

Eugene beat Salem-Keizer, 7-6. Andrew Ely was 4-for-4 with one RBI. Eloy Jimenez had two hits and one RBI. Donnie Dewees had three hits and one RBI and stole three bases.

Mesa had Friday off and faces the Athletics on Saturday.

#Cubs Minor League report

Thursday’s games

Carlos Pimentel gave up two runs over five innings in Iowa’s 13-2 win over Salt Lake. Christian Villanueva, Taylor Teagarden and Mike Olt each homered. Villanueva had three hits and two RBI. Javier Baez had two hits and two RBI. Tommy La Stella had three hits, including a triple. Olt hit a two-run homer in the eighth.

Jacob Hannemann hit a two-run homer and a triple in Tennessee’s 17-4 loss to Montgomery. Rob Zastryzny took the loss, giving up six runs over three innings.

Myrtle Beach lost, 5-4, to Winston-Salem. Pin-Chieh Chen, Jason Vosler and Victor Caratini each had two hits. Daury Torrez posted a quality start.

South Bend lost 7-2 to Dayton. Gleyber Torres hit a home run. Ian Happ had two hits, including a triple. Jeffry Baez also had two hits.

Eloy Jimenez had two hits, including a home run, and three RBI in Eugene’s 12-5 win over Salem-Keizer. Frandy Delarosa and Donnie Dewees each had two hits. Dewees now has a 13 game hitting streak.

Carlos Jimenez had three hits and three RBI in Mesa’s 11-0 win over the D-backs. Andruw Monasterio had four hits.

#Cubs Sosa named to Latino baseball HOF

Sammy Sosa was one of six players named to the Latino Baseball Hall of Fame on Friday. Sosa will be joined by Orlando “El
Duque” Hernandez, Jesse Orosco, Edgar Renteria, Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez and Omar Vizquel. The Latino Hall of Fame was
inaugurated in the city of La Romana in the Dominican Republic in 2010. Induction ceremonies will be Dec. 2-5. Sosa
finished with 609 home runs, and was the 1998 NL MVP with the Cubs. The announcement was made on MLB Network on Friday.

#Cubs and Toyota announce Legacy Partnership

The Cubs and Toyota announced a long-term Legacy Partnership on Friday to establish Toyota as the Official Vehicle of the Chicago Cubs and Wrigley Field.

As part of the extended partnership, Toyota’s logo will be represented on the panel beneath the Wrigley Field Marquee at
the corner of Clark and Addison streets. In addition to having a presence below the Wrigley Field Marquee, Toyota continues their presenting sponsorship of in-game manager challenges and umpire reviews, and the company will receive in-game rotational signage behind home plate and on the left field video board. Toyota will receive field-level signage and naming rights to the team’s parking lots surrounding Wrigley Field beginning in the 2016 season.

The panel beneath the Wrigley Field Marquee has a history of supporting team and corporate partner initiatives. In the
early 1980s, an advertising slogan for Budweiser appeared on the panel in conjunction with the LED board installation.
Allstate’s logo was featured while the Marquee was painted purple for the Allstate Wrigleyville Classic college football
game hosted by Northwestern University in 2010. As part of the Wrigley Field 100 celebration in 2014, the team added
“Celebrating 100 Years” below the Marquee. This season, the lower panel featured “#LetsGo” to support the team’s marketing campaign and will now feature Toyota’s logo.

Toyota becomes the 10th Legacy Partner of the Cubs, joining Advocate Health Care, American Airlines, Anheuser-
Busch, ATI Physical Therapy, Nuveen Investments, Sloan Valve Company, Starwood Hotels and Resorts, Under Armour and Wintrust.

#Cubs Maddon: “Let’s go for the division”

With Thursday’s win over the Braves, the Cubs kept pace with the Pirates in the NL Wild Card standings, and are four games behind Pittsburgh. But the Cubs are thinking bigger.

“I think at this point in time, we don’t intend to be a Wild Card [team],” pitcher Jake Arrieta said. “We still think we can win our division. We’ve got 35, 40 games left, maybe a little more. We’re still in a position here where we can jump some guys if we can get hot and have some good fortune with the teams ahead of us.”

Asked after Thursday’s game if he was ready to name his Wild Card game starter, manager Joe Maddon smiled.

“Let’s go for the division,” Maddon said.

— Carrie Muskat

#Cubs Arrieta wins ML leading 15th game

Jake Arrieta picked up his Major League leading 15th win Thursday night in the Cubs’ 7-1 victory over the Braves. The right-hander has now thrown 12 consecutive quality starts and has a 1.26 ERA in that stretch. He’s the first Cubs pitcher to record 12 straight quality starts since Greg Maddux had a 14-game stretch, June 25-Aug. 31, 1992. Arrieta also is the first Cubs pitcher to win 15 games since Ryan Dempster went 15-12 in 2010. Arrieta also has struck out a career-high 170 batters.

He got help. Anthony Rizzo hit a three-run homer, his 24th, and Addison Russell added a solo shot as the Cubs ended a three-game losing streak.

Arrieta said he wasn’t thinking about his record.

“The only thing that matters is getting back on track as a team,” he said. “We had a couple tough games against Detroit after a good run. My job and my mindset was to come out and put a stop to that and get us going in the right direction and get another streak rolling.”

There was only one glitch and that was what Arrieta felt was an early exit. He wanted to go deeper in the game. Think about this — all of the Braves’ outs were either ground outs or strikeouts while Arrieta was in the game.

“I felt like tonight there was a lack of efficiency from time to time and some extended at-bats,” he said. ‘I pitched through some traffic and I was able to navigate through those. These guys are good, too. They’re going to find a way to get on base. The key is after that moment, find a way to make some tough pitches and limit damage and keep runs off the board and that’s what I was able to do.”

Manager Joe Maddon opted to pull Arrieta after six innings.

“Of course he’s in great shape — of course he can more,” Maddon said. “Our expectation is to play longer, and he’s not done that. I want him to be well for that moment. Regardless of how they feel now, you’ve got to make those decisions.”

— Carrie Muskat

#Cubs Maddon to host charity boxing event Sept. 2

On Sept. 2, Cubs manager Joe Maddon and some of his players will take part in a charity boxing event at Ringside at the Ravenswood Event Center in Chicago. Several local youth boxers at various skill levels will fight plus there will be a special main event bout. Maddon bought a tux for the event, but will also be wearing his sneakers.

Guests will enjoy cocktails, hand-rolled cigars, and spirits tasting stations, delicious dinner courtesy of Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse, and a premium auction, including wine and unique sports memorabilia.

Proceeds from the event will help provide Chicago’s inner city children and young adults opportunities to develop championship attitudes through sports while encouraging fitness, academic and community engagement. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Crushers Club’s youth boxing program in Englewood. Tickets are $300.

Doors open at 6 p.m. CT at Ringside at Ravenswoor Event Center, 4011 Ravenswood Ave., Chicago.

#Cubs lineup: Arrieta starts vs Braves

Jake Arrieta will try to end the Cubs’ losing streak on Thursday when they open a four-game series against the Braves. Here’s the lineup:

Fowler CF

Schwarber LF

Coghlan 2B

Rizzo 1B

Bryant 3B

Montero C

Soler RF

Arrieta P

Russell SS

*Arrieta defeated the White Sox in his last start, allowing three runs in 6 2/3 innings. He’s 8-1 with a 1.35 ERA (12 ER, 80 IP) over his last 11 starts. He defeated the Braves on July 19 in Atlanta, giving up three hits over seven shutout innings.

*With 162 innings this season, Arrieta is 11 1/3 innings away from matching his most innings as a professional. He totaled 173 1/3 innings between the Minors and Majors in 2010. He’s on pace to finish the 2015 regular season with 222 innings.

*Kyle Schwarber hit his 10th homer in his 36th career game and 118th career at-bat on Wednesday. The previous Cub to amass at least 10 homers in his first 36 career games was Bob Speake in 1955.

Schwarber already ranks tied for seventh in home runs among NL rookies despite playing in far fewer games than anyone
ahead of him. Every player tied or ahead of him has played at least 77 games, with five having played over 100 contests
apiece.

Schwarber leads the NL with 27 runs scored since the All-Star break. His nine homers and 25 RBI in the season’s second
half are both tied for second-most in the NL.

#Cubs Minor League report: Baez 3 H, 1 RBI

Wednesday’s games

Felipe Paulino gave up two runs over five innings in Iowa’s 8-2 win over Salt Lake. John Andreoli had three hits, one RBI and two stolen bases. Javier Baez had three hits and one RBI, and now has a five-game hitting streak in which he’s 11 for 23 (.478).

Tennessee split a doubleheader against Montgomery, winning the first game, 7-6, with a walk-off hit in the ninth, and then losing, 4-2, in the second game, which ended after five innings because of rain. Pierce Johnson gave up three runs over 6 1/3 innings in the first game and Taylor Davis hit a solo home run.

Myrtle Beach swept a doubleheader against Winston-Salem, giving up three runs over 16 innings. Kevin Brown hit a solo home run in the first game. Jonathan Martinez gave up one hit over four innings in Game 1, and Jen-Ho Tseng gave up two runs over six innings in Game 2. Tseng struck out seven, a season high.

Trevor Clifton gave up two runs over 6 1/3 innings in South Bend’s 8-3 win over Dayton. Clifton struck out seven and did not walk a batter. Gleyber Torres hit a two-run homer. Rashad Crawford drove in four runs.

Eugene scored five runs in the first in an 11-5 win over Boise. Frandy Delarosa had three hits and three RBi. Sutton Whiting and Richardo Marcano also each had three hits.

Mesa shut out the Padres, 6-0. Daniel Spingola had two hits and two RBI. Dan Vogelbach was 1-for-1 with a double and three walks.

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