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3/14 Vegas, baby

The Cubs will play the Mets Saturday and Sunday in Las Vegas, with Carlos Pimentel and Chris Rusin scheduled to start, respectively. Here is the lineup for Saturday’s game plus the rest of the players headed to Vegas:

Barney 2B
Murphy 3B
Schierholtz DH
Rizzo 1B
Sweeney Rf
Baez SS
McDonald LF
Whiteside C
Szczur CF

Pimentel P

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3/10 Cubs 3, Giants 2

Emilio Bonifacio and Chris Coghlan each hit RBI singles and another run scord on an error as the Cubs edged the Giants, 3-2, on Monday at Scottsdale Stadium. Jeff Samardzija gave up two runs on five hits over four innings, striking out five. Chris Rusin threw three hitless innings in relief. The Cubs were stymied by Giants starter Matt Cain, who faced the minimum through five innings.

“They’re a great team to work against, a former world championship team,” Samardzija said of the Giants. “They come with a plan, a lot of smart players who have played together for a long time. You really get tested on days like this. I thought it went excellent. I gave up a couple runs, singles that score runs, you can live with that.”

* Up next: Travis Wood gets the start on Tuesday when the Cubs play host to the Rockies at Cubs Park in Mesa. The game will be available on webcast on Cubs.com.

2/28 Cubs lineup

The Cubs will face Albert Pujols and the Angels on Friday in Tempe. Chris Rusin gets the start, his first this spring. James McDonald is scheduled to pitch, which will be big for the right-hander. He struggled with shoulder problems last season. Plus, fans can see top prospect Javy Baez. He’s scheduled to start at short. If you aren’t going to the game, you can listen on WGN Radio to Pat Hughes and Ron Coomer, or tune in to a webcast on Cubs.com. Here’s the Cubs’ lineup:

Coghlan DH
Barney 2B
Sweeney CF
Schierholtz RF
Murphy 3B
Wells LF
Baez SS
Kottaras C
Valaika 1B

Rusin P

2/27 Looking ahead …

If you’re going to Tempe on Friday to see the Cubs face the Angels, here’s the lineup:

Coghlan DH
Barney 2B
Sweeney CF
Schierholtz RF
Murphy 3B
Wells LF
Baez SS
Kottaras C
Valaika 1B

Rusin P

2/23 Early bird notes

The Cubs have moved the live batting practice sessions to Fields 1 and 2. Scheduled to throw on Field 1 Sunday are Blake Parker, Wesley Wright, James Russell and Jonathan Sanchez. On Field 2 will be Chris Rusin, Kyle Hendricks, Eric Jokisch and Carlos Pimentel. As always, this is subject to change.

If you see extra players on the fields, they are most likely the Minor Leaguers in town for a mini camp.

– Carrie Muskat

9/24 Cubs lineup

Chris Rusin makes his final start of the season on Tuesday as the Cubs play host to the playoff-bound Pirates at Wrigley Field. Logan Watkins will start at second in place of Darwin Barney.

Rusin and All-Star Travis Wood (2.98 ERA) both have ERAs under 3.52. The Cubs look to have two left-handers make at least 10 starts and each turn in an ERA of 3.80 or less in the same year for the first time in 46 years when Rich Nye (3.20 ERA, 30 starts) and Ken Holtzman (2.53 ERA, 12 starts) did so.

Here’s the lineup:

Castro SS
Lake LF
Rizzo 1B
Navarro C
Schierholtz RF
Murphy 3B
Bogusevic CF
Watkins 2B
Rusin P

9/18 Cubs lineup & more

Chris Rusin enters Wednesday’s game against the Brewers with a 2.85 ERA, the lowest ERA of any rookie left-handed starting pitcher in baseball this season. Next closest are the Reds’ Tony Cingrani (2.92 ERA) and the Dodgers’ Hyun-Jin Ryu (3.03 ERA).

If Rusin ended the season today with a 2.85 ERA, it would be the lowest by a Cubs left-handed rookie starting pitcher (minimum 10 starts) in 100 years, when George Pierce turned in a 2.31 ERA in 21 appearances, 14 starts, in 1913.

Here’s Wednesday’s lineup:

Castro SS
Valbuena 3B
Rizzo 1B
Navarro C
Schierholtz RF
Sweeney CF
Bogusevic LF
Barney 2B
Rusin P

* The Cubs are nearly .500 against teams outside their division this year at 40-43 while turning in a 23-45 mark against the NL Central, the lowest winning percentage (.338) by any team against its own division in baseball (Houston is next closest at 25-48, .342 vs. AL West)

* The Cubs are 9-for-55 (.164) with runners in scoring position through the first nine games of this road trip. The team .219 season batting average (250-for-1,143) with RISP is lowest in the Majors.

– Carrie Muskat

9/12 Pirates 3, Cubs 1

Chris Rusin knew he would have a tough time with the Pirates, who rank second in the National League against left-handed pitchers with a .266 team batting average. Andrew McCutchen and Marlon Byrd lead the attack, hitting .391 and .336, respectively, against southpaws. Rusin held the Pirates to four hits over seven innings, but it wasn’t good enough.

Byrd and Pedro Alvarez each hit RBI singles off Rusin in the fourth to spark the Pirates to their fourth straight win, a 3-1 decision Thursday over the Cubs. Pittsburgh began the night one game behind St. Louis in the NL Central.

“He did a great job against a lineup that kills left-handers,” Dale Sveum said of Rusin. “That was, to me, his most impressive outing.”

All of the Pirates hits and two runs off Rusin came in the fourth inning, and he did not walk a batter. His ERA dropped to 2.85, the lowest of any rookie left-handed starter in baseball this season. Next closest are Cincinnati’s Tony Cingrani (2.92 ERA) and Los Angeles’ Hyun-Jin Ryu (3.07 ERA).

Darnell McDonald led off the Chicago third against Jeff Locke with a ground-rule double that bounced over the center-field fence. Two outs later, he scored on Starlin Castro’s single. That was it.

The Pirates answered in the fourth. With one out, Jordy Mercer singled for the first hit off Rusin, and reached third on McCutchen’s double that bounced off the third-base bag.

“The baseball Gods got me that time,” Rusin said of McCutchen’s lucky hit.

Rusin got Justin Morneau to hit a comebacker and he threw home to snag Mercer for the second out. But McCutchen scored on Byrd’s single to center to tie the game, and Alvarez followed with a RBI single.

The way the Pirates have been playing, you can only hope to contain them.

“For the most part, you’re keeping their slugging percentage down,” Sveum said. “You don’t walk anybody and you’ve got a chance to get out of innings, you can keep the game close, and that’s what we did.”

The runs off Rusin were the first he’s given up after 22 1/3 scoreless innings on the road, the longest streak by a Cubs rookie lefty away from home in franchise history. Rusin’s streak was also the longest in baseball since Neal Heaton’s 23-inning scoreless stretch on the road for the Indians from Aug. 9-29, 1983, his rookie season.

While the Pirates are trying to figure out who they’ll play in the postseason, the Cubs are looking ahead to next year. Will Rusin be in the 2014 rotation?

“We’ll cross those bridges when we get to it,” Sveum said. “He’s definitely put himself in a position to have every opportunity to make the rotation.”

– Carrie Muskat

9/12 Cubs lineup

Chris Rusin takes the mound Thursday night at PNC Park as the Cubs open a four-game series against the Pirates.

* The Cubs are 19-16 (.543 winning percentage) on the road starting June 25, the third best mark in the National League and trailing only the Dodgers (27-9, .750) and Nationals (19-15, .559).

* The Cubs already have 33 wins on the road this season, 10 more than their total number of victories on the road last year. They’ve gone 19-16 in their last 35 road games starting June 25 after beginning the season 14-21 in their first 35 road games.

* Rusin enters the game having not allowed a run in his last 19 1/3 innings on the road, the longest scoreless inning streak on the road by any Cubs rookie left-handed pitcher in the 138 seasons of franchise history. His scoreless run is the second longest by a rookie left-hander on the road this season in all of baseball, as Tampa Bay’s Alex Torres went 20 1/3 innings from May 18-August 7. If Rusin begins Thursday’s game with two scoreless innings, he would own the longest scoreless inning streak on the road by any left-handed rookie pitcher since Seattle’s Mark Langston went 21 2/3 innings from June 10-July 6, 1984. The next longest streaks belong to Cleveland’s Neal Heaton (23 innings, August 9-29, 1983) and, going longer, Los Angeles’ Fernando Valenzuela (26 innings, April 14-May 3, 1981). Thanks to Elias for its research assistance.

* Rusin enters the game with a 2.89 ERA, the lowest ERA of any rookie left-handed starting pitcher in all of baseball this season. The next closest are Cincinnati’s Tony Cingrani (2.92 ERA) and Los Angeles’ Hyun-Jin Ryu (3.07 ERA).

Here’s the lineup:

Castro SS
Barney 2B
Rizzo 1B
Murphy 3B
Lake LF
Castillo C
McDonald RF
Sweeney CF
C. Rusin P

9/11 Cubs vs. Pirates

Looking ahead, the Cubs will travel to Pittsburgh for a four-game series against the Pirates, starting Thursday. The team is going with a six-man rotation to give Scott Baker two more starts. Here are the pitching matchups:

Thursday: LHP Chris Rusin (2-3, 2.89) vs. LHP Jeff Locke (9-5, 3.23)
Friday: RHP Jake Arrieta (2-2, 4.28) vs. RHP Charlie Morton (7-4, 3.44)
Saturday: RHP Scott Baker (0-0, 0.00) vs. RHP Gerrit Cole (7-7, 3.48)
Sunday: LHP Travis Wood (9-11, 3.05) vs. LHP Francisco Liriano (16-7, 2.92)

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