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9/16 Cubs lineup

Anthony Rizzo, who came back after an 18-game break because of low back problems, was not in the lineup Tuesday night for the Cubs in Game 2 of their three-game series against the Reds. According to the Cubs, this was a planned off day to ease him back into games. Here’s the lineup:

Coghlan LF
Baez SS
Valbuena 3B
Soler RF
Castillo C
Valaika 1B
Watkins 2B
Szczur CF
Arrieta P

Rizzo and manager Rick Renteria did caution that they would take it easy with the first baseman, who played for the first time since Aug. 26 on Monday. Rizzo delivered a walk-off home run in the ninth in the 1-0 win over the Reds.

9/16 Rizzo is Clemente nominee

Anthony Rizzo was named the Cubs’ nominee for the prestigious Roberto Clemente Award, presented by Chevrolet. Major League Baseball made the announcement Tuesday. The Cubs first baseman is one of the 30 club finalists for the annual award, which recognizes a MLB player who best represents the game of baseball through positive contributions on and off the field, including sportsmanship and community involvement.

Wednesday marks the 13th annual Roberto Clemente Day, which was established by MLB to honor Clemente’s legacy and to officially recognize local club nominees of the Roberto Clemente Award presented by Chevrolet. The 15-time MLB All-Star and Hall of Famer died in a plane crash on New Year’s Eve 1972 while attempting to deliver supplies to earthquake victims in Nicaragua.

Rizzo started the nonprofit Anthony Rizzo Family Foundation in 2012 to raise money for cancer research and provide support to children and their families battling the disease. As a cancer survivor, Rizzo understands the impact cancer has on the entire family. Through fundraising for research and providing support for pediatric cancer patients and their families, the foundation aims to help give every family a fighting chance against cancer.

Since its inception, the Anthony Rizzo Family Foundation has hosted a Walk-Off For Cancer held in the offseason in his hometown of Parkland, Fla., and the Cook-Off For Cancer in Chicago, which raised close to $140,000 this year. Mark your calendars: the next 5K walk is scheduled for Nov. 16.

Together, these events have raised more than $500,000 for cancer research since 2012. Currently, the organizations selected as beneficiaries of this fundraising include Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation, Family Reach Foundation, Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital and The Lymphoma Program at the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Health System.

In addition to these fundraising efforts, Rizzo makes monthly visits to Lurie Children’s Hospital. He has built strong relationships with several patients who have come out to games to cheer on their favorite player.

In recognition of his achievements both on and off the field, Rizzo has received many awards and nominations this year, including his first time being selected as an MLB All-Star after winning the 2014 All-Star Final Vote, chosen by fans.

Rizzo will be recognized for his nomination before Wednesday’s game against the Reds at Wrigley Field. He will be presented with a $7,500 grant to the charity of his choice, Cubs Charities, as a result of his nomination for this award.

9/16 Walk-off facts

How rare is a walk-off home run being the only run of a game? According to baseball historian Ed Hartig, the last time the Cubs won on a walk-off home run that accounted for the only scoring in the game was June 16, 1995, when Howard Johnson hit a two-run home run off Rudy Seanez of the Dodgers in the ninth for a 2-0 win at Wrigley Field. The last time the Cubs did it in a 1-0 win was June 8, 1971, when Joe Pepitone connected off the Pirates’ Mudcat Grant in the 12th inning at Wrigley.

In case you missed it, Anthony Rizzo smacked a walk-off home run leading off the ninth Monday for a 1-0 win over the Reds.

9/15 Cubs 1, Reds 0

Anthony Rizzo showed why the Cubs missed him for the last 18 games. Playing his first game since Aug. 26, Rizzo hit a walk-off home run leading off the ninth inning to lift the Cubs to a 1-0 victory over the Reds on Monday night at Wrigley Field. Rizzo belted a 1-0 pitch from Pedro Villarreal to straightaway center for his 31st home run. Rizzo hit his 30th on Aug. 26 in Cincinnati, and then had to leave the game because of tightness in his lower back.

“First pitch, I was taking all the way, just to see his arm,” Rizzo said of his at-bat in the ninth. “The second pitch, I just let loose, and fortunately, put a a good swing on it.”

When Rizzo was running away from the celebration at home plate, he grabbed his back. Don’t worry, Cubs fans. He was joking.

“I did it on purpose, just messing around with the guys,” Rizzo said. “I definitely thought about [his back] the whole game. To get through the game tonight was nice. The next couple days, we’ll completely forget about it.”

The Reds won’t forget this one.

“It was a mistake that Rizzo took advantage of,” Cincinnati manager Bryan Price said. “[Rizzo] looked a little rusty the first couple of at-bats, then he had the infield hit, and certainly is always a dangerous hitter. But it’s typically going to be a simple mistake or someone taking advantage of something in a [0-0] game like that’s going to be the deciding factor.”

Rizzo did not have a chance to rehab anywhere, so Monday’s game was his first live action in nearly three weeks. Alfredo Simon struck him out in his first two at-bats in the first and third, and Rizzo reached on an infield single in the sixth.

“[Simon] has got a good split, I know that, and he exposed me there,” Rizzo said. “He pitched well, pitched a great game. That little infield single turned everything around.”

It was Rizzo’s third walk-off hit this season. He also beat the Marlins with a walk-off homer on June 6, and delivered a game-winning RBI single in the 12th on Aug. 10 against Tampa Bay.

“The game’s over, one swing of the bat,” Rizzo said. “It’s a good feeling. The biggest thing is the win. To win in that fashion is always fun.”

— Carrie Muskat

9/15 Cubs lineup: Rizzo is back

Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo, sidelined since Aug. 27 because of a low back strain, returned to the lineup Monday, and was slotted ahead of rookie Jorge Soler, who was promoted that day. Monday marks the first time the two will be in the same lineup in the big leagues.

Rizzo hit his 30th home run on Aug. 26 against the Reds in a game interrupted by rain. The first baseman did not return after the delay because his back tightened up.

Soler belted a home run in his first Major League at-bat on Aug. 27 in Cincinnati, and also returned to the lineup Monday after missing three games to be in Miami for the birth of his first child. The rookie outfielder was 16-for-45 (.356) in 12 games since his call-up with four home runs and 13 RBIs.

Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro remained sidelined with a high left ankle sprain suffered Sept. 2.

Here’s Monday’s lineup:

Coghlan LF
Baez SS
Rizzo 1B
Soler RF
Valbuena 3B
Castillo C
Alcantara CF
Watkins 2B
T. Wood P

9/14 Soler, Rizzo updates

Jorge Soler was expected back in the lineup Monday when the Cubs opens their last homestand of the season but Anthony Rizzo was still questionable because of his low back strain. Soler, who was batting .356 in 12 games, missed the weekend series against the Pirates to be in Miami for the birth of his first child, a boy.

Rizzo has not played since his back tightened during a rain delay in the Aug. 26 game in Cincinnati. The Cubs had hoped the first baseman would return Monday against the Reds.

“That one I will reserve for [Monday],” Cubs manager Rick Renteria said. “We’re trying to get him out there running. I’d still look more ahead, and take anything sooner as a plus.”

The Cubs are taking a conservative approach with Rizzo, who was batting .278 and hit his 30th home run in his last game.

“I don’t want to put a date on [his return],” Renteria said. “Let’s hope that sometime in the coming week we’ll see something and go from there. If it happens to be much sooner than later, good for us.”

— Carrie Muskat

9/12 Castro, Rizzo making progress

Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro was allowed to walk without a supportive walking boot on his left ankle Friday, and predicts he’ll be back before the season ends. Meanwhile, Anthony Rizzo continued to make progress in his rehab from a lower back strain, and was able to run the bases for the first time on Friday.

Castro, who suffered a high ankle sprain on Sept. 2 in an awkward slide at home, said it’s important for him to get some at-bats in the final two weeks.

“This is a great season for me,” said Castro, who was batting .292. “I think I can improve more than what I’ve done. I want to be healthy, I don’t want to go into the offseason not playing. I want to play — if it’s three games, I’ll play three games.”

Rizzo has not played since he left the Aug. 26 game in Cincinnati when his back tightened up. Manager Rick Renteria said the first baseman most likely will not return until Monday when the team returns home to face the Reds.

“Obviously, we’re taking it very slow,” Rizzo said Friday. “We want it to be 100 percent going forward. We don’t want any setbacks.”

Rizzo did take batting practice for the second day, but running was a new part of his rehab.

“It was nice to throw cleats on and sweat like that,” he said.

— Carrie Muskat

9/10 Rizzo walk-a-thon Nov. 16

Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo will host his third walk-off for cancer on Nov. 16 at Pine Trails Park, Parkland, FL. Registration is $30, which includes a t-shirt and gift bag. You can walk individually or register as a team for the 5K walk around the park. For more information, send an email to, or visit The walk has raised more than $100,000 two years in a row.

9/2 Rizzo update

Anthony Rizzo has a low back strain, and will be sidelined indefinitely. The Cubs are not saying Rizzo is shutdown for the rest of the season, however, Rizzo was prepared if he doesn’t play again.

“If I’m shut down, I’m shut down,” he said. “My main concern is coming back healthy next year.”

Rizzo felt the tightness in his lower back last Tuesday during the Cubs rain delay in Cincinnati. He underwent an MRI Tuesday.

“I’m happy the MRI showed something so I’m not going crazy,” Rizzo said.

— Carrie Muskat

9/1 Rizzo update

Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo did not start for a sixth consecutive day because of lower back tightness and may undergo an MRI to determine the extent of the problem. Rizzo came out of last Tuesday’s game in Cincinnati after his back tightened during a 50-minute rain delay. He has not started any of the Cubs’ next seven games, including either game of a doubleheader Saturday in St. Louis.

“He’s still day to day, he’s still a little stiff,” Cubs manager Rick Renteria said Monday. “If it doesn’t clear up, maybe we’ll get an MRI to make sure everything’s OK.

“He’s doing fine,” Renteria said. “We’re just limiting him to make sure once he gets back on the field he doesn’t have a setback.”

— Carrie Muskat