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Wednesday’s games

Drew Rucinski gave up two runs over seven innings In Iowa’s 5-4 win over Oklahoma City. Willson Contreras had two hits to extend his hitting streak to 11 games, and drove in two runs. Dan Vogelbach had two hits, including a double. Albert Almora drove in two runs.

Tennessee lost, 4-3, in a five-inning rain-shortened game against Jackson. Duane Underwood gave up four runs over five innings and Mark Zagunis went 3-for-3 with a two-run homer and finished with three RBI.

Erick Leal gave up one unearned run over five innings in Myrtle Beach’s 6-3 win over Salem. Rashad Crawford had four hits and two RBI. Leal is 5-0 with a 1.97 ERA in his last five starts.

South Bend lost, 6-2, to Fort Wayne. Donnie Dewees had two hits, including a triple, and P.J. Higgins had two hits. Adbert Alzolay gave up five runs over four innings and took the loss.

#Cubs Schwarber making progress

Cubs outfielder Kyle Schwarber, who tore both the ACL and LCL in his left knee in the Cubs’ third game of the season April 7 in Arizona, was examined in Dallas Tuesday and is making progress in his rehab.

“The reports are really good and he’s progressing nicely,” Cubs GM Jed Hoyer said Wednesday. “He’s gone from two crutches to one crutch. Hopefully, some of his celebrations in the dugout will be less awkward.”

Schwarber had the surgery in Dallas, and this was the first time he saw the doctors since then.

“The doctors were happy at what they saw,” Hoyer said.


#Cubs and Lester face Dodgers

Jon Lester gets the start Wednesday night at Wrigley Field when the Cubs play host to the Dodgers for Game 3 of this four-game series. Here’s the lineup:

Fowler CF

Heyward RF

Bryant LF

Rizzo 1B

Zobrist 2B

Russell SS

Baez 3B

Ross C

Lester P

The Cubs enter the month of June with a 6 1/2 game lead in the NL Central. It’s the first time the Cubs have begun the month with a lead in the division since 2008. The 6 1/2 game lead is currently the Cubs’ second largest ever entering June. In 1969, the Cubs had a 7 1/5 game lead.

The Cubs finished May 18-10, and the pitchers combined for a 2.81 ERA, second best in the Majors behind the Giants.

Ben Zobrist batted .406 in May. Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo are tied for second in the NL with 37 RBI apiece.


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Tuesday’s games

Dan Vogelbach hit a solo home run and Willson Contreras had two hits, including a triple, and three RBI in Iowa’s 11-6 win over Oklahoma City. Contreras is now batting .331 and has driven in 11 runs in his last four games. Vogelbach finished with three hits and two RBI. Logan Watkins added a double a two RBI. Munenori Kawasaki had three hits.

Billy McKinney hit his first home run in Tennessee’s 10-5 loss. Stephen Perakslis gave up three runs over three innings. Jacob Hannemann had three hits.

Myrtle Beach had Tuesday off and opens a four-game series at Salem on Wednesday.

South Bend lost, 5-1, to Fort Wayne. Kyle Twomey gave up one run on one hit and four walks over 5 1/3 innings. P.J. Higgins had three hits and Jesse Hodges had two hits, including a triple.

#Cubs Rizzo top NL All-Star vote getter

The Cubs’ Anthony Rizzo is the leading vote-getter in the National League in fan balloting for the 2016 Major League Baseball All-Star Game presented by MasterCard.

Rizzo could have plenty of company at the game, to be played July 12 in San Diego. Four other Cubs are the top vote getters at their positions, including second baseman Ben Zobrist (732,519); third baseman Kris Bryant (776,107); and shortstop Addison Russell (544,240). Dexter Fowler (797,160) is second among NL outfielders.

A two-time All-Star who is aiming for his first fan-elected start, Rizzo has received 874,471 total votes. He could become the second Cubs first baseman to win a fan election, joining Derrek Lee (2005).

Check Cubs.com for more information on how to cast your ballot.

#Cubs and Arrieta face Dodgers

Jake Arrieta takes the mound Tuesday night for the Cubs vs. the Dodgers at Wrigley Field. It’s Arrieta’s first start against L.A. since he no-hit the Dodgers last Aug. 30. Here’s the lineup:

Fowler CF

Heyward RF

Bryant 3B

Rizzo 1B

Zobrist 2B

Soler LF

Russell SS

Montero C

Arrieta P

Ben Zobrist has a .418 batting average (41-for-98) in May, with six homers and 25 RBI. Elias reports that he is the first player to produce at least 40 hits and 25 or more RBI for the Cubs in a calendar month since Alfonso Soriano did so in May 2008 (.345, 40-for-116, 10 HR, 29 RBI).

Arrieta has started 23 games, and the Cubs have won all 23. Arrieta is 20-0, 1.05 ERA in 162.1 innings during that stretch.

The Cubs have outscored their opponents 40-16 in their last six games, all victories.

Roster move: The Brewers claimed right-handed reliever Neil Ramirez off waivers. Ramirez was designated for assignment on May 21.

#Cubs Minor League report: Contreras 2 HRs

Monday’s games

Willson Contreras hit two home runs, including a grand slam in the sixth, to help Iowa beat Albuquerque, 11-0. Jake Buchanan got the win, pitching six shutout innings. Contreras went 4-for-5 with five RBI. He’s hit in nine straight games. Matt Murton had two hits, both doubles, and scored a run. Albert Almora had three hits and stole a base.

Tennessee had Monday off. The Smokies open a five-game homestand against Jackson on Tuesday.

Trevor Clifton gave up two runs and struck out six over six innings in Myrtle Beach’s 4-2 win over Wilmington. Gleyber Torres hit a solo home run in the first. Trey Martin was 3-for-3 with one RBI.

Justin Steele gave up two runs over three innings in South Bend’s 5-4 loss to Lansing. Andrew Ely and Tyler Alamo each had two hits. Eloy Jimenez extended his hitting streak to 17 games.

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#Cubs and Hammel vs Dodgers

Jason Hammel gets the start Monday when the Cubs play host to the Dodgers at Wrigley Field. Dexter Fowler is not starting to give him a day to rest a sore right heel. Manager Joe Maddon said Fowler was available to pinch-hit if needed. Here’s the lineup:

Zobrist RF

Heyward CF

Bryant 3B

Rizzo 1B

Soler LF

Russell SS

Baez 2B

Ross C

Hammel P


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Sunday’s games

Matt Murton had three hits and one RBI in Iowa’s 6-4 win over Albuquerque. Murton was batting .387 (12-for-31) in 11 games this month, and was 7-for-13 in his last three games. Rob Zastryzny gave up three runs over five innings. John Andreoli had two hits.

Brad Markey gave up one run over six innings in Tennessee’s 5-1 win over Chattanooga. Bijan Rademacher and Cael Brockmeyer each hit solo home runs. Mark Zagunis had three hits and two RBI. Markey finished May with a 2-1 record, 2.05 ERA in six games (five starts).

Myrtle Beach lost both games of a doubleheader against Wilmington, losing 8-4 in the first game, and 3-1 in 10 innings in the second. In the second game, Zach Hedges gave up one unearned run over seven innings. Ian Happ was a combined 3-for-7 in the two games, and Jeffrey Baez had three hits and one RBI.

Eloy Jimenez hit a walk-off solo home run in the ninth to give South Bend a 1-0 victory over Lansing. With the blast, Jimenez extended his hitting streak to 16 games. He’s batting .444 in that stretch and has hit seven home runs. Carson Sands started and gave up two hits over six scoreless innings. It was his third quality start.



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