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7/11 All-Stars

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Starlin Castro and Anthony Rizzo show off their National League All-Star jerseys on Friday at Wrigley Field.

(Photo courtesy of Brian Corbin)

7/10 #VoteRizzo

Anthony Rizzo hit his 20th home run Wednesday night in the Cubs’ 4-1 loss to the Reds. Rizzo is the first Cubs left-handed hitter with 20 home runs before the All-Star break since Rick Monday hit 20 in 1973, and the first player in team history to do so since Derrek Lee belted 27 in 2005.

“I’m just being aggressive,” Rizzo said. “Teams are going to pound me in, and I know that’s what they’re going to do. Let them do it, and if they miss, I try to take advantage of it.”

He found out prior to Wednesday’s game that he had passed the Rockies’ Justin Morneau in the online voting for the 2014 All-Star Game Final Vote. He will know Thursday whether he’s going to the All-Star Game. Voting ends at 3 p.m. CT.

“It’s really cool,” Rizzo said of the fans’ support. “I’m keeping my fingers crossed that the fans keep going. I’m really appreciative for all of it. We’ll see what happens.”

If you use Twitter, your vote will count from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. CT if you use #VoteRizzo. And you can vote as often as you want — there are no limits.

Go to Cubs.com for more information.

– Carrie Muskat

7/9 Vote Rizzo for Final Vote

Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo has received more than 3 million votes so far in the online voting in the All-Star Game MLB.com Final Vote Sponsored by Experian, but he needs more.

According to the latest results posted Wednesday, Rizzo trailed the Rockies’ Justin Morneau in the bid to join the National League All-Star team next Tuesday in Minneapolis. Voting is held exclusively on MLB.com, the official website of Major League Baseball, and the individual Club websites.

Morneau is vying to play in the All-Star Game hosted by his former team, the Twins, and is holding off Rizzo and the Braves’ Justin Upton. All three have received more than 3 million votes each.

The current standings are:

National League

1.Justin Morneau (COL) – # VoteMorneau (N2)
2.Anthony Rizzo (CHI) – #VoteRizzo (N4)
3.Justin Upton (ATL) – #VoteJUp (N5)
4.Anthony Rendon (WSH) – #VoteRendon (N3)
5.Casey McGehee (MIA) – # VoteHitsMcGehee (N1)

American League

1.Chris Sale (CWS) – #TargetSale (A5)
2.Garrett Richards (LAA) – #VoteGRich (A4)
3.Rick Porcello (DET) – #PickRick (A3)
4.Corey Kluber (CLE) – #VoteKluber (A2)
5.Dallas Keuchel (HOU) – #VoteKeuchel (A1)

* On Thursday, Twitter support for Rizzo will count in the last six hours of balloting. From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. CT Thursday, all tweets with a designated player hashtag will be tabulated in official vote totals. So, Cubs fans should tweet #VoteRizzo.

7/8 Final Vote update – #VoteRizzo

Anthony Rizzo is second in the Final Vote balloting, trailing the Rockies’ Justin Morneau. More than 15 million votes have already been cast.

Voting is held exclusively on MLB.com, the official website of Major League Baseball, and the individual Club websites.

In the National League race, Morneau has jumped out to an early, but narrow, lead, trailed most closely by Rizzo and Justin Upton of the Braves. Anthony Rendon of the Nationals and Casey McGehee of the Marlins are in fourth and fifth places, respectively.

Current standings are:

National League
1.Justin Morneau (COL) – # VoteMorneau (N2)
2.Anthony Rizzo (CHI) – #VoteRizzo (N4)
3.Justin Upton (ATL) – #VoteJUp (N5)
4.Anthony Rendon (WSH) – #VoteRendon (N3)
5.Casey McGehee (MIA) – # VoteHitsMcGehee (N1)

American League
1.Chris Sale (CWS) – #TargetSale (A5)
2.Garrett Richards (LAA) – #VoteGRich (A4)
3.Rick Porcello (DET) – #PickRick (A3)
4.Corey Kluber (CLE) – #VoteKluber (A2)
5.Dallas Keuchel (HOU) – #VoteKeuchel (A1)

7/7 Rizzo and Final Vote

Want to see Anthony Rizzo in the All-Star Game? Here’s your to-do list:

1. Visit http://www.cubs.com/vote
2. #VOTERIZZO
3. TEXT “N4” to 89269
4. #VOTERIZZO
5. Visit http://www.mlb.com/vote
6. #VOTERIZZO

Vote early and often. Voting ends Thursday. You can vote more than once.

7/6 Final Vote info

C’mon, fans. Vote Rizzo. Here are the candidates for the Final Vote and details on how to get Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo to the All-Star Game:

American League
Dallas Keuchel (HOU) – #VoteKeuchel (A1)
Corey Kluber (CLE) – #VoteKluber (A2)
Rick Porcello (DET) – #PickRick (A3)
Garrett Richards (LAA) – #VoteGRich (A4)
Chris Sale (CWS) – #TargetSale (A5)

National League
Casey McGehee (MIA) – # VoteHitsMcGehee (N1)
Justin Morneau (COL) – # VoteMorneau (N2)
Anthony Rendon (WSH) – #VoteRendon (N3)
Anthony Rizzo (CHI) – #VoteRizzo (N4)
Justin Upton (ATL) – #VoteJUp (N5)

* Fans began casting votes for the All-Star Game Final Vote Sponsored by Experian on MLB.com and the Club sites immediately, and can continue voting until 3 p.m. CT on Thursday. The winners, as chosen exclusively by online fan voting totals, will be announced on MLB.com shortly thereafter.

In addition to the web, fans can use their mobile phones to cast votes via the mobile web at MLB.com/vote or via text message. To receive the All-Star Game MLB.com Final Vote Sponsored by Experian mobile ballot, text the word “VOTE” to 89269. To vote for a specific player, fans can text the choice to 89269. EXAMPLE: Text “A3″ to vote for AL Player 3 or “N3″ to vote for NL Player 3. Standard message and data rates may apply. Text “STOP” to end and “HELP” for information. Mobile voting in Canada also is available and fans should text their choices to 101010.

* TWITTER VOTE BACK FOR THIRD YEAR – THURSDAY, JULY 10 ONLY
For the third consecutive year, the All-Star Game MLB.com Final Vote will include social balloting participation, as Twitter support from the 10 candidates’ fans over the last six hours of balloting will count toward their final vote totals. From 9 a.m.-3 p.m. CT on Thursday, any tweet that includes a designated player hashtag (noted above) will be tabulated as part of the official vote total used to determine the American League and National League winners. Fans will be able to follow @MLB for the latest standings updates over the course of the entire four-day voting period.

* FREE MLB.TV TRIAL
Baseball fans have cast more than 430 million online votes for Final Vote candidates since the program’s inception in 2002. In recognition, MLB.com is giving eligible voters a 14-day free trial of MLB.TV from July 11-25. Current MLB.TV subscribers voting will receive a special 15 percent discount to the MLB.com Shop. Fans will receive an e-mail notifying them of the instructions for redeeming their respective All-Star Final Vote offers.

7/6 Vote Rizzo

Anthony Rizzo needs your vote. The Cubs’ first baseman is one of five players up for the 2014 All-Star Game Final Vote, competing for a spot on the National League team with the Rockies’ Justin Morneau, the Nationals’ Anthony Rendon, the Marlins’ Casey McGehee, and the Braves’ Justin Upton.

Rizzo, 24, led all NL first basemen with 17 home runs and was tied for the league lead with 14 homers since April 30. He ranked first among NL first basemen in walks (50), was tied for first with 16 go-ahead RBIs, and fourth with an .873 OPS. Overall, he was batting .274 with 13 doubles, one triple and 45 RBIs in 84 games.

Fans began voting to select the final player for each League’s 34-man roster via the 2014 All-Star Game MLB.com Final Vote Sponsored by Experian now. You can cast your votes on MLB.com, and the winner will be announced after the voting concludes on Thursday, July 10.

“It’s an honor to come down to the wire like this, but I’m sure that the other four players are well-deserving as well,” Rizzo said Sunday in Washington after the Cubs’ game against the Nationals. “It’ll be fun.”

– Carrie Muskat

6/24 Extra bases

* Anthony Rizzo may not rank among the top five NL first basemen in the fan’s All-Star balloting but he got an endorsement from the Reds’ Joey Votto.

“Anthony’s made a big adjustment this year,” Votto said. “He’s always been a pretty excellent defender, and he’s always had the potential. It seems to me like he’s put it all together. He’s played like — he’s probably going to be an All-Star this year. He’s worthy of it.

“He’s played really quite well, and I hope he continues it because he’s set himself up this year for long-term success,” Votto said. “And I think the Cubs are probably pretty happy because they got him at a pretty fair price.”

Rizzo leads all NL first basemen in home runs, hitting his 16th on Monday, and trailed only the Pirates’ Andrew McCutchen in walks entering Tuesday’s game.

* Jeff Samardzija doesn’t have the won-loss record that would justify being considered an All-Star, but Cubs manager Rick Renteria feels the right-hander should be on the NL team. Samardzija ranks seventh in the NL with a 2.53 ERA and also is seventh in strikeouts with 97. He just hasn’t gotten any run support. The right-hander has received one or less runs of support in eight of his 16 starts, and has a 2.82 ERA in those outings. He has a 1.63 ERA in eight starts at Wrigley Field, but is just 1-3 in those games.

“If the question is, would I recommend him? Yes,” Renteria said when asked if Samardzija should be on the All-Star team. “Would I be criticized for it? It really wouldn’t matter. He’s pitched extremely well. He’s among the top 10 pitchers in ERA. We haven’t scored a whole lot of runs for him.

“Is he an individual who deserves sincere consideration? Absolutely.”

* Emilio Bonifacio, on the disabled list with a right oblique strain since June 13, has yet to begin baseball activities as part of his rehab. Renteria said Bonifacio was making progress but there is no timetable for his return.

* Eli Whiteside, who was designated for assignment on Sunday to make room on the roster for Welington Castillo, has cleared waivers and been assigned outright to Triple-A Iowa. Whiteside was 3-for-25 in eight games with the Cubs.

– Carrie Muskat

6/10 Cubs 7, Pirates 3

Could Anthony Rizzo be an All-Star? He’s on a good run lately. Rizzo had three hits, including a two-run homer off southpaw Francisco Liriano, and pinch-hitter Luis Valbuena smacked a tie-breaking two-run double in the sixth to lift the Cubs to a 7-3 victory Tuesday night over the Pirates and spoil Gregory Polanco’s coming out party.

Rizzo is now batting .344 (21-for-61) with five home runs and 15 RBIs off southpaws this season. He connected on his 13th home run with one out in the first, and his other two hits, both doubles, came off right-handers. It’s quite a turnaround after last season when he batted .189 against left-handers, hitting seven home runs.

“I just feel very confident and that’s everything in this game,” Rizzo said. “I don’t care what anyone says. Whether your mechanics are good or bad, if you’re feeling confident at the plate, it makes a huge difference.”

Travis Wood got the win, giving up three runs over 6 2/3 innings. The Pirates rallied to tie the game twice. But with one out in the Chicago sixth, Starlin Castro walked and Justin Ruggiano was hit by a pitch for the second straight at-bat. Valbuena hit the first pitch into the gap in right center to go ahead, 5-3. Rizzo added a RBI double in the seventh that Polanco had trouble catching up to. Rizzo then tallied on Castro’s single for a 7-3 lead.

Although he has yet to appear in the top five in the National League balloting, the Cubs could make a case for Rizzo to be their All-Star representative on July 15.

“The first basemen in this league, they’re all All-Stars,” Rizzo said. “I’ll just keep playing my game and not let it affect me.”

– Carrie Muskat

6/1 Brewers 9, Cubs 0

Kyle Lohse threw a three-hit complete game to lead the Brewers to a 9-0 win over the Cubs Sunday and take the series. Jeff Samardzija had the shortest start of his career, giving up eight runs over three innings. Ryan Braun hit a two-run homer, Scooter Gennett had three hits, including a solo homer, and Lyle Overbay hit a three-run double.

“It was one of those days,” Samardzija said. “They came out aggressive and were hitting the ball. Tip your hat to them, they’re swinging it pretty good. I left some balls up in the zone and they jumped on them.”

Samardzija was coming off his first win of the season, and making his 12th start. It was his worst. He had not given up more than three earned runs in a game this season, and had done that only twice. It was the first time he had been charged with that many runs since the Phillies scored nine in 3 1/3 innings on Aug. 8.

“Whatever he threw over the plate, they were on it,” Cubs catcher Welington Castillo said. “We all know what kind of stuff Samardzija has and how good a game he can pitch. His stuff was there today and they were on it.”

The Brewers were prepared, but didn’t expect this.

“I figured it’d be low scoring on both ends,” Milwaukee manager Ron Roenicke said. “I knew Kyle had a good chance of keeping them down, and I didn’t expect to get a lot of runs off Samardzija.”

Who would? When Samardzija started the game, he had a 1.68 ERA, just percentage points ahead of the Reds’ Johnny Cueto in the Majors. He finished with a 2.54 ERA.

“I’m obviously upset with how it went today,” Samardzija said. “It’s just about going out and understanding that it’s a season of 32 starts and some are good, some are bad, and next time you want to go out and prevent the big number and keep your team in the game.

“That’s the most frustrating part of it is when they’re hitting in the fourth and feel like it’s a big dish they’re in,” he said. “If you have a rough day, you need to keep it to four, five, six runs, something maneagable for the offense.”

Samardzija wasn’t the only one who made an early exit. The Cubs’ Anthony Rizzo was ejected for the first time in his career in the fourth after arguing a called third strike with home-plate umpire Jerry Meals.

“I didn’t agree with the calls, obviously,” Rizzo said. “I said my piece, and definitely understand why I got ejected, and I’ll just move on with it.”

– Carrie Muskat

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