8/19 Rizzo and friends


8/19 Smile


8/19 Good cause


Anthony Rizzo visited patients and their families at the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago on Tuesday. Rizzo stopped by the pediatric oncology floor playroom, and waiting room, and made individual room visits, as well saying hello in the Family Life Center. He distributed Cubs hats, bears, and other goodies, took photos, and signed autographs for the patients and their families.

Photo courtesy of Chicago Cubs

8/19 Cubs lineup

Tsuyoshi Wada gets the start Tuesday night as the Cubs open a six-game homestand with a three-game series against the Giants. Here’s the lineup:

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

8/19 Bryant 1-for-3 with Iowa

Kris Bryant returned to Triple-A Iowa’s lineup on Tuesday, his first game back since Saturday, and went 1-for-3 with a double and a walk. Bryant was sidelined with a bruise on his left foot, which forced him out of Saturday’s game. He had X-rays Saturday night and an MRI on Sunday, which revealed the contusion. On Monday, Bryant was used as a pinch-hitter and drew a walk, but was lifted for a pinch-runner. Bryant is tied with Rangers prospect and close friend Joey Gallo for first in the Minor Leagues with 40 homers each this season. Bryant was batting .306 with 18 home runs, 13 doubles and 45 RBIs at Iowa. He hit 22 homers at Double-A Tennessee.

8/18 Kris Bryant update

Kris Bryant did pinch-hit on Monday for Triple-A Iowa, his first game since leaving Saturday’s game with a bruised left foot. He drew a walk in the eighth inning, and then was lifted for a pinch-runner on Monday.

8/18 Cubs 4, Mets 1

* Kyle Hendricks posted his sixth straight quality start Monday, leading the Cubs to a 4-1 win over the Mets. He gave up one run over seven innings. He’s the first Cubs rookie to have six straight QS since Kerry Wood put together two seven-game streaks in 1998. Hendricks has a 5-1 record and 1.05 ERA in his last six games.

* Javier Baez hit his fifth home run, a two-run shot into the upper deck, in the ninth. He has tied Kevin Roberson (1993) and Carmelo Martinez (1983) as Cubs with five home runs in their first 14 games.

* Anthony Rizzo hit his 28th home run in the eighth inning. It’s his third in his last seven games. He trails the Marlins’ Giancarlo Stanton, who has 32 homers.

* With the win, the Cubs now have won more games in August than they did last year, when they were 8-20 in August 2013.

* Matt Szczur made his first Major League start in left field, subbing for Chris Coghlan, who has been battling a sore left big toe.

8/18 Baez and Rizzo

Javier Baez hit his fifth home run of the season with one out and one on in the ninth, a laser that landed in the second deck in left field. Anthony Rizzo hit a tie-breaking solo shot with one out in the eighth, his 28th of the season.

8/18 Arrieta to finish season

Jake Arrieta missed the first month of the season because of tightness in his right shoulder and has been monitored all year, but the Cubs have no plans to shut down the right-hander before the regular season ends. Manager Rick Renteria said before Arrieta’s start on Sunday that they were keeping an eye on Arrieta, and wanted to clarify that they do that for all of the pitchers.

“There’s no plan in shutting Jake down,” Renteria said Monday. “That’s not something we’re considering. We’re not shutting him down. We’re not looking to shut him down, we haven’t talked about shutting him down.”

Arrieta has 13 quality starts this season, and threw seven shutout innings on Sunday in a 2-1 win over the Mets. After the game, he said he’d like to finish the season.

“I want to make every start that I have lined up throughout the end of September,” Arrieta said. “If something comes up, I guess that will be addressed. I’d love to stay in the mix and finish out on a high note.”

Arrieta struck out nine, and the first eight Ks ended on curveballs.

“Jake’s stuff is so good that days like [Sunday], the scouting report doesn’t even matter,” catcher John Baker said.

Most scouting reports have Arrieta throwing his curve about 15 percent of the time.

“He threw more [Sunday],” Baker said Monday. “Against the last batter he faced [Matt den Dekker], I kept calling curveballs so maybe we could strike him out and get a 10th strikeout.

“That’s how fun the game was — you’re trying to call the game to strike somebody out instead of trying to get them to put the ball in play on three pitches or less, which is how I usually call a game,” Baker said. “That breaking ball — it was like he was throwing Wiffle balls up there. I felt bad for the opposing hitters because that’s something you don’t usually see is somebody throwing an 82 mile an hour curveball that’s that big.”

Arrieta’s last strikeout in the sixth came on a fastball.

“He struck out [Daniel] Murphy looking on the fastball because we thought he was looking for a curveball at that point,” Baker said.

– Carrie Muskat

8/18 Cubs lineup

Kyle Hendricks gets the start Monday in the Cubs series finale against the Mets. Chris Coghlan is still bothered by a sore toe on his left foot, so Arismendy Alcantara will lead off. And Matt Szczur gets his first Major League start. Here’s the lineup:

Alcantara CF
Baez 2B
Rizzo 1B
Castro SS
Valbuena 3B
Ruggiano RF
Castillo C
Szczur LF
Hendricks P


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