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8/20 Tennessee update

Addison Russell drove in five runs and C.J. Edwards threw five scoreless innings, but it wasn’t enough as Double-A Tennessee lost, 7-6, to Montgomery. Russell, ranked No. 6 on MLBPipeline.com’s Top 100 Prospects list, hit an RBI double in the first inning and hit a grand slam in the seventh. He finished the game 2-for-5 and scored twice.

The grand slam was Russell’s second home run in as many days. Since he was acquired from the A’s in the Jeff Samardzija deal, Russell was hitting .301/.348/.556 with 10 home runs in 39 games.

Edwards, No. 56 on the Top 100, was making his fourth start since returning from a three-month stay on the disabled list. He struck out seven, walked two and held the Biscuits to two hits. He threw 80 pitches and extended his shutout streak to 14 innings. In eight starts for Tennessee this season, Edwards is 1-1 with a 2.31 ERA. The 22-year old has struck out 37 batters and walked 15 in 39 innings.

8/9 Minor matters – Thursday’s games

Manny Ramirez had three hits, including two home runs and a double, and Kris Bryant hit his 15th home run in Iowa’s 16-4 loss to Oklahoma City. Bryant hit his 37th homer of the year, and was batting .323. Even though he’s played 47 of Iowa’s 120 games, he has the second most home runs on the team and is fourth in RBIs (38).

Tennessee’s game Thursday was rained out, and Corey Black and C.J. Edwards were scheduled to start doubleheaders on Friday.

Rock Shoulders, Dan Vogelbach and Kyle Schwarber each homered to help Daytona beat Clearwater, 18-2. Tayler Scott picked up the win, giving up two runs over seven hits. Schwarber went 3-for-4 with three RBIs. Vogelbach hit a three-run homer in the fifth and Shoulders hit his 10th homer leading of fthe third.

Duane Underwood gave up one run over six innings and struck out six in Kane County’s 4-3, 11-inning loss to Cedar Rapids. Chesny Young had two hits, including a double, and one RBI. Shawon Dunston and Victor Caratini each tripled.

Mark Zagunis hit a two-run homer in Boise’s 9-5 loss to Salem-Keizer. David Bote had three hits and scored two runs.

Carson Sands gave up three hits and walked two over 2 2/3 innings in Mesa’s 4-1 win over the Padres. Ricardo Marcano had two hits and Kevonte Mitchell had three singles.

7/24 Minor matters

Dae-Eun Rhee gave up one unearned run over six innings in Iowa’s 13-4 win over New Orleans. Lars Anderson homered, and was then sent to Tennessee to make room for Mike Olt. Anderson, Kris Bryant and Ryan Kalish each had three RBIs. Kyuji Fujikawa struck out two in one inning of relief.

Eduardo Figueroa gave up one run over five innings in Tennessee’s 6-3 win over Mississippi. Stephen Bruno and Christian Villanueva each had two hits and two RBis.

Dan Vogelbach hit two home runs to help Daytona beat Palm Beach, 6-2. It was Vogelbach’s third multi-homer game. Rob Zastryzny threw six shutout innings for the win. Billy McKinney extended his hit streak to six straight games, and now has hit in 11 of his last 12 games since joining the D-Cubs.

Kevin Brown had three hits and two RBIs in Kane County’s 5-2 win over South Bend. Duane Underwood gave up two runs on three hits over five innings, striking out seven. Gerardo Concepcion threw three scoreless innings.

Boise’s game vs. Everett was postponed because of rain.

C.J. Edwards gave up one hit over two innings in his first start since coming off the DL, pitching for the Mesa Rookie League team. Edwards walked one and struck out two. Mesa won, 10-0, over the Rangers. Seven Mesa hitters had two hits apiece.

4/25 C.J. Edwards update

Cubs Minor League pitcher C.J. Edwards, ranked No. 4 on MLB.com’s list of top 20 Cubs prospects, underwent an MRI on Friday, which revealed some fatigue and inflammation in his right shoulder. The good news is there was no structural damage. Edwards, 22, was examined in Chicago on Friday. He will rest for a couple weeks before starting a throwing program.

The right-hander had a 2.61 ERA in four starts for Double-A Tennessee. On Sunday, he gave up two runs on three hits and two walks over six innings against Birmingham. Edwards felt some discomfort in his shoulder during a side session. He was one of four players acquired from the Rangers for Matt Garza last July.

Edwards made one start in Spring Training for the Cubs, and gave up three runs on four hits and three walks over 2 2/3 innings.

4/25 Edwards to be checked

C.J. Edwards, ranked No. 4 on MLB.com’s list of top 20 Cubs prospects, was to undergo tests on his right shoulder in Chicago on Friday. Edwards, 22, had a 2.61 ERA in four starts for Double-A Tennessee. On Sunday, he gave up two runs on three hits and two walks over six innings against Birmingham. Edwards felt some discomfort in his shoulder during a side session.

The slender right-hander was one of four players acquired from the Rangers for Matt Garza last July. Edwards made one start in Spring Training for the Cubs, and gave up three runs on four hits and three walks over 2 2/3 innings.

– Carrie Muskat

3/25 Edwards: My nerves were crazy

C.J. Edwards was nervous Tuesday night. He had more than a week to prepare for his first Cactus League start, and had taken the advice of his father, who told him to pray and meditate. Edwards tried to visualize his approach.

“My dad actually helped me get ready for this game,” Edwards said.

But Edwards’ father was back in Prosperity, S.C., and the pitcher had to rely on Cubs pitching coach Chris Bosio and catcher John Baker, who both told Edwards to just keep doing what he had been doing. The slender right-hander was a combined 8-2 with a 1.86 ERA last season at Class A Hickory and High A Daytona. He joined the Cubs in July after being dealt from the Rangers in the Matt Garza deal. Most of the Cubs front office, including Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer, were in the stands in Peoria on Tuesday night to watch Edwards. He didn’t see them because Edwards says he has great “tunnel vision.” The 22-year-old had enough to think about.

“I went out there the first inning, and nerves were crazy,” Edwards said of his start against the Padres. “I can’t even explain the nerves I had. Overall being out there, I felt like I should be out there.”

He retired the first batter, and Seth Smith singled, but Edwards got Kyle Blanks to hit into a double play and end the inning. The second wasn’t as smooth as Xavier Nady singled to lead off and reached third on an error by Ryan Kalish. Rene Rivera hit a sacrifice fly, and Edwards then walked the next two batters. That prompted a visit from Bosio.

Edwards regrouped and got a ground out, and then struck out Andrew Cashner to end the inning. In the third, Edwards again retired the first batter, then Smith singled and Blanks walked. Bosio again came to the mound along with all the infielders. Edwards caught his breath, then served up a double to Nady and a sacrifice fly before he was lifted.

As Edwards walked off the field, Baker said something to him.

“His exact words were, ‘Hey, you did a hell of a job, man, and you’ve got a bright future ahead. Just stay with it,'” Edwards said, smiling.

A lot of players are so overcome by the moment that they admit they’re shaking the first time on a mound in a big league game.

“I actually wasn’t that nervous on the mound,” he said. “After I came in the first inning, my right knee just started going by itself and I was trying to look around and hold it down, but it didn’t work, so I let it bounce.”

Edwards also got advice from first baseman Anthony Rizzo, who came over to the mound in the second after the pitcher walked two in a row.

“He comes up to me, and he goes, ‘Hey, do you want to play first base?’ I was like, ‘Yeah, let’s switch,'” Edwards said.

But they didn’t. It wasn’t just Baker or Rizzo, it was everyone on the Cubs giving Edwards support. They’ve all been there.

“Overall, the guys were behind me 100 percent and they have faith in me,” he said.

The Cubs just have to figure out a way to add some muscle to his skinny body. He weighed 165 on Tuesday, no change from January when he admitted he’s been eating everything in sight. In fact, he gorged on a large order of French toast at the Breakfast Club in Scottsdale on Tuesday morning. He couldn’t finish the eggs and sausage but did eat all the bread.

He could relax once his outing was over.

“Like I tell everybody, I enjoyed it,” Edwards said. “I feel I can be out there any time to help the club when the time comes. The guys that we have up are already doing great. We’ll have our ups and downs but we’ll go out there each and every day 110 percent. When that day comes and I get the call, I feel I’ll be ready to come up there.”

Hopefully, Tuesday’s start will make it easier when he does get promoted.

“Now, I feel my first game there [at Wrigley Field], I won’t be as nervous, but then again, it’ll be Chicago, and there will be over 100 thousand fans there,” he said, over-estimating the ballpark’s attendance by about 60,000. “It’s a little different here. It was wonderful. The outcome wasn’t good but overall just being around those guys was fantastic.”

Edwards isn’t sure where he’ll open the 2014 season, although the Cubs have said it could be Double-A Tennessee. He can only hope he’s matched up with his roommates, like Duane Underwood, who made the drive to Peoria to cheer on the right-hander. There were more people in the stands than in Edwards’ hometown.

“I believe there was,” he said.

– Carrie Muskat

3/25 Cubs night game lineup

Top prospect C.J. Edwards will start Tuesday night when the other half of the Cubs travels to Peoria, Ariz., to face the Padres. Here’s the night lineup:

Bonifacio 2B
Kalish RF
Rizzo 1B
Sweeney CF
Baez SS
Baker C
Roberts 3B
Coghlan LF
Edwards P

3/24 Cubs split-squad lineups for Tuesday

The Cubs will have day-night split squad games on Tuesday, with half the team playing the Angels at Cubs Park at 1:05 p.m. and the other half in Peoria, Ariz., to face the Padres at 7:05 p.m. Here are the early lineups:

Vs. Angels, Cubs Park
Lake CF
Valbuena 2B
Schierholtz RF
Olt 3B
Ruggiano LF
Vogelbach 1B
Barney SS
McDonald DH
Whiteside C

Wada P

Vs. Padres, Peoria, AZ
Bonifacio 2B
Kalish RF
Rizzo 1B
Sweeney CF
Baez SS
Baker C
Roberts 3B
Coghlan LF
C.J. Edwards P

9/5 Daytona, Boise advance

* C.J. Edwards and Ryan Searle combined on a two-hitter and Kris Bryant drove in two runs to lead Class A Daytona to 4-0 win over Dunedin Wednesday and clinch the Florida State League best-of-three North Championship Series, two games to none. Daytona now faces Charlotte in the best of five FSL Championship Series, starting Thursday.

Edwards, acquired in July from the Rangers in the Matt Garza trade, struck out eight and walked one over five innings, while Searle struck out five over four innings in relief in the game, which was interrupted by rain. Bryant was 3-for-3, hitting a two-run double in the third. Wes Darvill hit a RBI double in the second, and Elliot Soto added another RBI double in the fourth.

* Class A Boise also reached the Northwest League Championship with a win Wednesday. Justin Marra hit a pair of two-run doubles to help Boise beat Salem-Keizer, 11-7, and clinch the South Division Series, two games to none. Boise will now play Vancouver. Marra hit his first double in the first inning, and put Boise ahead for good with another in the third. Kevin Encarnacion and Danny Lockhart each had three hits. Loiger Padron picked up the win in relief, giving up three hits over 2 2/3 innings. This is the 13th trip in franchise history to the championship series for the Hawks, and they are vying for their seventh title.

* On Thursday, the Cubs’ Double-A affiliate, Tennessee, begins Southern League North Division series play against Birmingham in a best of five series at Regions Field. Games 3-5 will be played at Smokies Park.

8/11 Minor matters

Saturday’s games

Brooks Raley threw eight shutout innings in Iowa’s 3-0 win over Fresno. Raley gave up two hits, a leadoff single in the first and another single in the seventh, and walked two while striking out three. Jae-Hoon Ha hit a double and drove in a run. He’s now hit in 12 straight games.

Nick Struck gave up four runs over four innings in Tennessee’s 10-2 loss to Montgomery. Jonathan Mota delivered a pinch-hit RBI triple.

C.J. Edwards struck out eight and gave up three runs over 3 2/3 innings in Daytona’s 6-3 win over Tampa. Bijan Rademacher was 3-for-3 with one RBI. Zeke DeVoss had two RBIs. Edwards now has fanned 17 over 9 2/3 innings.

Kane County totaled two hits in a 6-0 loss to Cedar Rapids. Daniel Vogelbach had one, extending his hitting streak to five games.

Dillon Maples gave up one run over five innings and improved to 4-0 with a 1.17 ERA in Boise’s 9-2 win over Vancouver. Maples struck out five and walked one. Carlos Penalver had three hits, including a second-inning grand slam. Kris Bryant extended his hitting streak to 13 games with a double.

Brian Bogusevic was 0-for-2 with a walk and a stolen base in Mesa’s 5-4 loss to the Rangers. It was Bogusevic’s second rehab game. Kevin Brown had two hits and scored two runs.

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