The Cubs’ Anthony Rizzo created new cleats with Nike that feature his Rizzo Family Foundation logo on the swoosh. Rizzo’s foundation has raised more than $1 million in its battle against pediatric cancer. The next event is a Cook Off for Cancer in Chicago on June 2 (which is sold out). Go to http://www.rizzo44.com for more info and a chance to join #TeamRizzo.
It’s day baseball at Wrigley Field. Kyle Hendricks takes the mound Friday when the Cubs open a three-game series against the Rockies. First pitch is scheduled for 1:20 p.m. CT. The game will be broadcast on Comcast SportsNet and also 670 AM The Score. Here’s the lineup:
Note: Javier Baez was activated from the disabled list, and Munenori Kawasaki was optioned to Triple-A Iowa. Baez was sidelined with a bruised left thumb injured when he slid head first into first base.
Cubs bench coach Davey Martinez hosted a group of children (3rd-6th grade) at Thursday’s game from the “By The Hand Club For Kids,” a Chicago-based after-school program which helps children who live in high-risk inner-city neighborhoods. Martinez provided each child with a ticket, Cubs bucks, a Cubs hat, “Davey’s Dugout” t-shirt, and a baseball. The children were able to watch Cubs batting practice and meet Martinez. He signed autographs for the children, took pictures with them, and spoke to them about the importance of perseverance.
Prior to Thursday’s game, Cubs 1B Anthony Rizzo met with 18-year-old Logan, who was diagnosed with a brain tumor. Logan (far left) and his family posed for a photo in the dugout with Rizzo. (Photo courtesy of the Cubs)
Jake Arrieta hosted a group of promising scholars from Moos Elementary (grades 6-8) who have achieved at a high level academically while maintaining a sparkling attendance record. Arrieta met with the group Wednesday during batting practice, and talked to them about the importance of working hard and getting good grades. He also signed autographs, took photos (and selfies) with the kids, and gave the kids goody bags with hats, Arrieta’s Aces shirts, baseballs, and Cubs Cash for the game.
Eric Jokisch, 26, was claimed off waivers by the Marlins on Thursday. The left-hander, who was drafted in the 11th round in 2010, spent the majority of the last two seasons at Triple-A Iowa.
Lefty Tyler Ihrig was promoted from Class A Myrtle Beach to Iowa to take Jokisch’s spot. He made one spot start for Iowa last May 12, and gave up two runs off five hits over five innings.
Left-handed pitcher Giovanni Soto also reported to Iowa Thursday. The Cubs acquired him from the Indians for cash on April 11.
Jason Hammel gets the start Thursday night for the Cubs in the series finale against the Reds. The Cubs hav ewon seven of their first eight games to start the season, tying the franchise mark for the best start through eight contests.
Kris Bryant is starting in left field and Tommy La Stella makes his second start at third base. Here’s the lineup:
La Stella 3B
Logan Watkins went 4-for-4 with three RBIs and Stephen Fife gave up two hits over 4 1/3 scoreless innings in Iowa’s 9-5 win over New Orleans. Arismendy Alcantara hit a home run. Javier Baez was 1-for-4 in his third rehab game, and now is 2- for-11. According to Des Moines media, Fife had to leave the game early because of a rib cage injury.
Paul Blackburn gave up four hits over six scoreless innings in Tennessee’s 7-3 win over Birmingham. Bijan Rademacher had three hits, including a three-run homer, and finished with four RBI. Jeimer Candelario had three hits.
Myrtle Beach gave up two runs in the ninth and lost 4-2 to Winston-Salem. Jonathan Martinez gave up two runs over seven innings.
Preston Morrison gave up two runs over six innings in South Bend’s 6-5 win over Bowling Green. Donnie Dewees had three hits and three RBI.
John Lackey makes his Cubs debut at Wrigley Field Wednesday night in Game 2 of a three-game series against the Reds. First pitch will be 7:05 p.m. CT and the game will be broadcast on Comcast SportsNet Plus and 670 AM. Here’s the lineup:
Lackey is 3-2 with a 2.75 ERA in his career vs. the Reds. He signed a two-year deal with the Cubs in December 2015.
On Thursday, Jason Hammel will close the Cubs’ series vs. the Reds. Hammel did not get a decision in his last start vs. the D-backs last Friday, giving up four hits. First pitch Thursday is 7:05 p.m. CT.
Javier Baez hit a home run in Iowa’s 9-1 win over New Orleans. Pierce Johnson started, and gave up two hits and walked three over three scoreless innings. Willson Contreras had four hits and four RBI. Dan Vogelbach had three hits and one RBI.
Chesny Young hit his second home run this season in Tennessee’s 5-4 loss to Mobile. Jen-Ho Tseng gave up three hits over three scoreless innings. Mark Zagunis had three hits.
Ian Happ hit a two-run walk-off double and Jake Stinnett gave up two earned runs over five innings in Myrtle Beach’s 5-4 win over Winston-Salem.
Eloy Jimenez hit a walk-off home run to give South Bend a 7-6 victory. Eddy Martinez had two hits, including a solo home run in the fourth.
Kristopher Negron hit a solo home run and Willson Contreras had two hits in Iowa’s 4-2 loss to New Orleans. Javier Baez went 0-for-4 in his second rehab game. He started in the outfield and did throw out a runner at home. Ryan Williams started, and gave up one run on six hits over five innings.
Rob Zastryzny gave up four runs over five innings in Tennessee’s 5-4 loss to Birmingham. Ryan Dent had three hits. Taylor Davis hit a triple and drove in a run.
Rashad Crawford had three hits, including a home run, in Myrtle Beach’s 4-3 loss to Winston-Salem. Ian Happ had three hits and two RBI.
Eddy Martinez was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to force in the winning run in the 10th inning and give South Bend a 3-2 win. Carson Sands started, and gave up two runs over five innings. Eloy Jimenez had four hits, one RBI and two stolen bases.