#Cubs and Hammel face Braves

Jason Hammel gets the start Thursday night at Wrigley Field when the Cubs play the Braves in a makeup game. When this game was originally scheduled to be played on April 30, the Braves were still managed by Fredi Gonzalez and the Cubs were 17-5 and had yet to lose back to back games.

Fast forward to now and the Cubs have lost six of their last seven games. They’ve been outscored by a 50-29 margin in that span, and the pitching staff has posted a combined 7.17 ERA.

The Cubs also have lost 12 of 17 since Dexter Fowler went on the DL with a strained right hamstring.

Here’s Thursday’s lineup:

La Stella 3B
Bryant LF
Rizzo 1B
Zobrist RF
Contreras C
Heyward CF
Rusell SS
Hammel P
Baez 2B


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Wednesday’s games

Iowa lost both games of a doubleheader against Omaha, losing in extra innings in both. Rob Zastryzny started the first, and gave up three runs over seven innings. Michael Wagner started the second game and gave up one earned run over four innings. Dan Vogelbach was 3-for-5 with a triple, three walks and scored two runs in the two games. Matt Murton had three hits and two RBI in the second game.

Tennessee’s game against Jackson was postponed because of rain. The teams will try to play a doubleheader on Thursday.

Myrtle Beach swept a doubleheader against Winston-Salem. Jonathan Martinez gave up three runs over seven innings in the first game, while Jeremy Null gave up three runs over five innings in the second. Ian Rice hit a solo homer in the second game. Rashad Crawford had two hits and two walks in the two games plus one RBI and one stolen base.

Preston Morrison struck out nine and gave up three hits over seven scoreless innings in South Bend’s 12-2 win over Fort Wayne. He’s now 9-3 with a 2.44 ERA, and 8-1 in his last nine starts. Bryant Flete and Roberto Caro each went 3-for-5 with two runs and two RBI. Eloy Jimenez reached base three times, with two hits, a walk and also drove in a run.

Eugene lost, 12-1, to Everett. Bryan Hudson gave up four runs over three innings. Trent Giambrone hit a double and drove in a run.

Mesa had the day off, and will play the Padres on Thursday.

#Cubs lineup vs Reds, roster move

Adam Warren will start Wednesday in the series finale vs. the Reds. Here’s the lineup:

Ben Zobrist 2B

Kris Bryant RF

Anthony Rizzo 1B

Willson Contreras LF

Tommy La Stella 3B

Jason Heyward CF

Addison Russell SS

Miguel Montero C

Adam Warren P

Joel Peralta was designated for assignment to make room on the roster for Warren. The Cubs still needed to announce a move to make room for La Stella. David Ross took a foul ball off his mask on Tuesday and was being evaluated.


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Tuesday’s games

Iowa lost, 12-4, to Omaha. Tim Federowicz and Logan Watkins each homered. Drew Rucinski gave up seven runs on 14 hits over 5 2/3 innings.

Duane Underwood gave up two runs on two hits and three walks over three innings in Tennessee’s 6-4 loss to Jackson in 11 innings. Ian Happ had three hits, including a double. Joe Nathan struck out two over one inning in his fifth rehab outing. Billy McKinney drove in three runs.

Myrtle Beach’s game against Winston-Salem was postponed because of rain, and the two teams were to play a doubleheader on Wednesday.

Ryan Kellogg gave up three runs over five innings in South Bend’s 3-1 loss to Fort Wayne. Eloy Jimenez had two hits and one RBI. He’s batting .330.

Eugene beat Everett, 6-2. Dylan Cease gave up two runs over five innings for the win. Wladimir Galindo and Chris Pieters each homered.

Mesa lost, 10-9, to the D-Backs. Luis Ayala had three hits and one RBI.

7 #Cubs named to NL All-Star team

The National League All-Star infield will be all Cubs as first baseman Anthony Rizzo, second baseman Ben Zobrist, shortstop Addison Russell and third baseman Kris Bryant earned trips to the All-Star Game along with teammates Dexter Fowler, Jake Arrieta and Jon Lester.

Rizzo was the top vote-getter in the National League, and the infielders plus Fowler were chosen by the fans. Arrieta was voted in by the players, and Lester was named by Mets manager Terry Collins, who will manage the NL team.

It’s the first time since the 1985 Padres that one team has had five players selected to start the game. The only team to have all four starting infielders was the 1963 Cardinals, which included first baseman Bill White, second baseman Julian Javier, third baseman Ken Boyer and shortstop Dick Groat.

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Monday’s games

Tommy La Stella was 2-for-3 in Iowa’s 4-3 win over Omaha. La Stella is 6-for-21 with a home run and three RBI in his rehab stint. Mark Zagunis had two hits, including a two-run homer. Matt Murton also had two hits and one RBI.

Jen-Ho Tseng gave up three runs over seven innings in Tennessee’s 4-3 win over Jackson. Chesny Young and Ben Carhart each hit home runs. Ian Happ added a double.

Myrtle Beach lost, 8-0, to Winston-Salem. Zach Hedges took the loss, giving up five earned runs over 5 1/3 innings. Rashad Crawford had two hits and stole a base.

South Bend lost, 6-3, to Fort Wayne. Jesse Hodges hit a triple and drove in two runs. Carson Sands started and gave up four runs over 2 2/3 innings.

Marcus Mastrobuoni had two hits, both home runs, including a grand slam, in Eugene’s 7-5 win over Everett. Pedro Silverio gave up thre runs over four innings. Andruw Monasterio had three hits.

Mesa lost, 14-2, to the Indians. Ruben Reyes hit two doubles and Isaac Paredes had two hits and one RBI.

#Cubs and Lackey face Reds

Kris Bryant was back at third base for Tuesday’s Cubs game against the Reds. Bryant suffered a bruise on his left leg in a collision with teammate Albert Almora Jr. on Monday. John Lackey gets  the start. Here’s the lineup:

Zobrist RF

Bryant 3B

Rizzo 1B

Contreras LF

Russell SS

Heyward CF

Ross C

Lackey P

Baez 2B

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Sunday’s games

Clayton Richard gave up one hit, walked two and struck out three over four innings for Iowa in a 3-2 loss to Round Rock. Richard was making his second rehab outing. Matt Murton had two hits, including a solo home run, and Tommy La Stella went 0-for-4.

Tyler Skulina gave up three runs over four innings in Tennessee’s 9-2 loss to Jacksonville. Bijan Rademacher had three hits and one RBI.

Myrtle Beach lost, 5-3, to Potomac. Jason Vosler had two hits and two RBI. Yasiel Balaguert had two hits.

South Bend scored four runs in the eighth to post a 5-3 win over Lansing. Eddy Martinez had three hits and one RBI. Tyler Alamo had two hits and two RBI.

Jesus Castillo gave up two runs over five innings in Eugene’s 3-0 loss to Salem-Keizer. Kevonte Mitchell had two hits, and now has a 10-game hitting streak.

Mesa lost, 4-3, to the A’s. Sam Tidaback, the Cubs’ 21st round pick, made his pro debut.

#Cubs and Lester face Mets

Jon Lester gets the start on Sunday in the series finale against the Mets. The Cubs promoted Jeimer Candelario from Triple-A Iowa and placed Chris Coghlan on the DL. Candelario is starting at third base on Sunday. Here’s the lineup:

Zobrist 2B

Heyward CF

Bryant RF

Rizzo 1B

Contreras LF

Candelario 3B

Baez SS

Ross C

Lester P

Lester was named NL Pitcher of the Month for June after going 4-0 with 1.41 ERA (seven earned runs in 44 2/3 innings pitched) and 44 strikeouts. The three-time All-Star tied for first in the Majors in innings pitched during the month of June, was tied for first among National Leaguers in wins, and posted the NL’s second lowest ERA while tying for second in strikeouts.

#Cubs Coghlan to DL; Candelario up

The Cubs placed outfielder Chris Coghlan on the disabled list Sunday and promoted Jeimer Candelario to the big league team. Coghlan had to leave Saturday’s game because of right rib cage soreness.

Candelario, 22, ranked seventh among MLB.com’s list of top 30 Cubs prospects, was batting .333 at Triple-A Iowa with three home runs and 15 RBIs in 25 games.

Coghlan started Saturday’s game against the Mets in right field and flew out to right in his only at-bat in the second inning. He was lifted for pinch-hitter Javier Baez in the fourth, and Baez then stayed in the game at second base and Ben Zobrist shifted to right.

Cubs manager Joe Maddon said Coghlan felt something on a checked swing, but Coghlan said he’s been battling some discomfort for a few days.

Coghlan was batting .194 in 70 games this season.

— Carrie Muskat


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