#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

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.

#Cubs Lester faces Tigers

Jon Lester takes the mound on Wednesday as the Cubs close their brief two-game Interleague series against the Tigers. Here’s the lineup:

Fowler CF

Schwarber LF

Bryant 3B

Rizzo 1B

Soler RF

Castro 2B

Ross C

Lester P

Russell SS

The Cubs and Tigers will wear throwback uniforms from the 1945 season, which is when these two teams met in the World Series. The Tigers won, 4-3.

The Cubs are 14-8 all-time when wearing throwback uniforms, including a 4-0 mark this season.

On Tuesday, Addison Russell collected his 30th extra-base hit with a fifth inning triple, his first career triple. He joins fellow rookie Kris Bryant, who has 39 extra-base hits, as the third Cubs rookie duo in the last 25 years since 1990 to reach 30 extra-base hits. Geovany Soto (60 extra-base hits) and Kosuke Fukudome (38) turned the trick in 2008 while Tyler Colvin (43) and Starlin Castro (39) did so in 2010.

Jorge Soler has 25 extra-base hits. The last time the Cubs had a trio of rookies reach 30 extra-base hits in a season was in 1966 when Adolfo Phillips (46), Randy Hundley (44) and Byron Browne (38) did so.

Just fyi, Kyle Schwarber has 14 extra-base hits.

#Cubs Minor League report

Tuesday’s games

Eric Jokisch gave up two earned runs over four innings in Iowa’s 6-5 loss to Las Vegas. Javier Baez had two hits and is
batting .291 overall. Mike Olt drove in two runs.

Tennessee’s game against Montgomery was postponed because of rain. The two teams were scheduled to play a doubleheader Wednesday.

Myrtle Beach’s game at Winston-Salem was postponed because of rain. The teams were scheduled to play a doubleheader

Erick Leal gave up three hits over five innings in South Bend’s 7-2 win over Dayton. David Bote had two hits, including a
two-run homer. Jeffrey Baez had three hits and Ian Happ had two hits and two RBI. Happ has 12 RBI in his last five games.

Eugene gave up five runs in the third to lose, 5-4, to Boise. Carson Sands gave up five runs over 2 2/3 innings. Donnie
Dewees went 4-for-5 and scored three runs.

Duane Underwood gave up one hit over two innings in Mesa’s 5-3 win over the Reds. It was Underwood’s first game since June 26. Chris Pieters had two hits, both doubles, and one RBI.

#Cubs feel good about 2B options

The Cubs have been mentioned as a possible match for the Phillies’ Chase Utley, but both Chicago manager Joe Maddon and general manager Jed Hoyer said Tuesday the team has in-house candidates to help at second base, including Javier Baez and Tommy La Stella.

“I think we have some really nice pieces who aren’t even here yet,” Maddon said. “Regarding Chase Utley, I know that’s been talked about a lot but I’m anticipating playing with the guys here and I really like what we’re doing. Don’t just look at outside, look at inside.”

Baez was batting .291 at Triple-A Iowa with 11 home runs and 48 RBIs. La Stella, who has missed time because of a strained right oblique, was batting .222 at Iowa.

“Giving [La Stella] at-bats every day makes sense,” Hoyer said. “We could bring him up here and he could be a bench player for us now but given the fact he hasn’t had a [full] season, we thought the most prudent thing was to give him at-bats and at some point, he’ll help us. That day is not today.”

In order to get another left-handed bat in the lineup, the Cubs moved Chris Coghlan from left field to second. He made his seventh start there on Tuesday.

— Carrie Muskat


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