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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)

9/9 Extra bases

* The Cubs begin an 11-game road trip Monday, their longest since Sept. 16-26, 2004, when Hurricane Frances forced the rescheduling of a three-game set in Miami. The storm created a 12-game, 11-day trip through Cincinnati, Florida, Pittsburgh and New York.

* The Cubs have lost 14 of their last 21 games overall.

* Travis Wood enters Monday’s game with a 3.17 ERA and joins fellow southpaw Chris Rusin (2.89 ERA) in the Cubs rotation to give the team two southpaws with an ERA below 3.20. If they maintain that pace, they will become the first two left-handers to 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). Since Holtzman and Nye, only once in the next 45 seasons have the Cubs had at least two left-handers make 10 starts and each record an ERA below 4.00, when in 2007 Ted Lilly (3.83 ERA, 34 starts) and Rich Hill (3.92 ERA, 32 starts) accomplished the feat.

9/6 Cubs 8, Brewers 5

Junior Lake hit his first career grand slam and Chris Rusin added a two-run single to spark the Cubs to an 8-5 win Friday over the Brewers, and move into a tie for last in the National League Central. The Brewers lead the Cubs in the season series, 8-5, but both teams have 60-80 records.

Lake added a bunt single in the third and now has 55 hits in his first 45 games, tops among Major League rookies in that stretch. Kevin Gregg pitched the ninth for his 30th save, the third time he has reached that milestone in his career.

The Cubs batted around in a five-run first against Kyle Lohse. With one out, the first three batters each singled, with a run scoring on Nate Schierholtz hit. Ryan Sweeney then walked to load the bases, and one out later, Lake drove a 1-0 pitch from Lohse into the bleachers in left center. It was Lake’s fifth home run of the season, and the Cubs’ third grand slam this year. Chicago now has hit 95 home runs at Wrigley Field, the most at home in the Major Leagues. The Orioles are second, hitting 94 at Camden Yards entering Friday’s game.

Norichika Aoki hit a sacrifice fly in the Milwaukee second, and Aramis Ramirez, who played for the Cubs from 2003-11, hit his 127th home run at Wrigley, and 10th overall this year, with one out in the third to close to 5-2 in the third.

Chicago loaded the bases again with one out in the third, keyed by Lake’s bunt single, and Rusin smacked a two-run single to center for a 7-2 lead. Cubs pitchers now have 27 RBIs, most in the Major Leagues.

Rusin needed 32 pitches to get through the first, and was pulled after throwing 85 over 3 2/3 innings, giving up two runs on seven hits. Carlos Villanueva picked up the win in 2 1/3 innings in relief.

The Cubs have won four of their last six games.

– Carrie Muskat

9/6 Cubs lineup & Baker

Chris Rusin takes the mound Friday when the Cubs play host to the Brewers at Wrigley Field. In other news, Scott Baker will make his first start of the season on Sunday in the series finale. Baker has been rehabbing from Tommy John surgery. No one will be bumped from the Cubs rotation, just pushed back one day for now. Here’s Friday’s lineup:

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

9/4 Cubs vs. Brewers

On Friday, the Cubs face the Brewers, kicking off a stretch in which they will play 20 of 23 games against NL Central foes. Here are the pitching matchups:

Friday: LHP Chris Rusin (2-3, 2.74) vs. RHP Kyle Lohse (9-8, 3.32)
Saturday: RHP Jake Arrieta (2-1, 3.77) vs. RHP Johnny Hellweg (0-3, 10.97)
Sunday: LHP Travis Wood (8-11, 3.17) vs. RHP Yovani Gallardo (10-9, 4.31)

9/4 Extra bases

* Dale Sveum played for the Pirates from 1996-97 and again in 1999, and he knows all about the losing seasons in Pittsburgh. On Tuesday, the Pirates won their 81st game, and are guaranteed their first non-losing season in 21 years.

“It’s obviously been a tough run for them for 20 years,” Sveum said. “I was there for parts of it, and it’s good to see they finally got over that hump, and not only got over the hump, but there’s an above average chance they’ll be in the playoffs as well. It’s good for the city and the organization. A lot of people have been there for a long time. It’s nice to see that organization turn the corner.”

The Cubs still have seven games against the Pirates with a series in Pittsburgh Sept. 12-15 and at Wrigley Field Sept. 23-25. After Wednesday’s game against the Marlins, the Cubs will play 20 of their final 23 games against National League Central teams.

* The Cubs don’t know who will be their closer in 2014, but Sveum said they may use right-hander Pedro Strop in save situations in the final month of games.

“I don’t think you’ll have any idea at the end of this season about what’s going to happen,” Sveum said of the Cubs’ ‘pen. “So many things go into play there and it’s a long offseason. Certain things come up. There’s no way you can predict or plan what’s going to happen by Spring Training next year.”

The Cubs have used 21 relievers this season, with Chang-Yong Lim and Justin Grimm in the bullpen waiting to make an appearance.

* No decision has been made on the next step for right-hander Scott Baker, who made his final Minor League rehab start on Monday for Class A Kane County. Baker has been rehabbing from Tommy John surgery on his right elbow, which he had in April 2012.

* With right-hander Alberto Cabrera making his season debut and lefty Zac Rosscup making his big league debut, the Cubs have utilized 52 players, one shy of the franchise record 53 who appeared last year. Still looking to make their debuts are Lim, Grimm and catcher J.C. Boscan.

The Cubs have utilized 11 rookies this season, and only four players on the current 25-man roster were on the 2012 Opening Day roster. That list includes Starlin Castro, Darwin Barney, James Russell and Jeff Samardzija.

* On Friday, the Cubs play host to the Brewers for a weekend series. Here are the pitching matchups:

Friday: LHP Chris Rusin (2-3, 2.74) vs. RHP Kyle Lohse (9-8, 3.32)
Saturday: RHP Jake Arrieta (2-1, 3.77) vs. RHP Johnny Hellweg (0-3, 10.97)
Sunday: LHP Travis Wood (8-11, 3.17) vs. RHP Yovani Gallardo (10-9, 4.31)

– Carrie Muskat

8/31 Cubs 4, Phillies 3

Starlin Castro smacked his first home run in a month Saturday, hitting a tie-breaking shot leading off the sixth, and Cole Gillespie drove in two runs to lift the Cubs to a 4-3 victory over the Phillies for just their fourth win in the last 21 home games. The Cubs evened the series at Wrigley Field in front of 36,410, and spoiled Phillies interim manager Ryne Sandberg’s bid for a sweep against his former team.

It was a see-saw battle. Kevin Frandsen hit a solo home run in the Phillies’ fifth, but the Cubs tied it in the second on Welington Castillo’s RBI single. In the Phillies’ third, Chase Utley hit a grounder to Donnie Murphy, but Anthony Rizzo closed his glove before catching the ball for an error. Utley then stole second, and Carlos Ruiz followed with a RBI double. Cubs starter Chris Rusin took a deep breath. He should’ve been out of the inning after throwing eight pitches but instead needed 16 more pitches to finish.

The Cubs got some payback in their half. With two outs in the third, Murphy was safe on an error by Michael Young, Junior Lake singled, and Murphy scored on Castillo’s single. Young hit a RBI triple in the fourth to take a 3-2 lead but the Cubs loaded the bases and tied the game on Cole Gillespie’s sacrifice fly.

Castro connected on a 1-0 pitch from Zach Miner leading off the sixth for his eighth homer of the season, and first since July 31. The Cubs now have hit 89 home runs at Wrigley, second-most by a team at home in the Majors behind the Orioles, who have 94.

– Carrie Muskat

8/31 Cubs lineup

The Cubs face the fourth and final Cy Young winner on Saturday in the last five games in the Phillies’ Cliff Lee. Here’s the lineup:

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

8/28 Looking ahead …

The Cubs play host to the Phillies and Ryne Sandberg this weekend at Wrigley Field. Here are the pitching matchups:

Friday: RHP Jeff Samardzija (8-11, 4.03) vs. RHP Roy Halladay (3-4, 7.81)
Saturday: LHP Chris Rusin (2-3, 2.64) vs. LHP Cliff Lee (11-6, 3.07)
Sunday: RHP Jake Arrieta (1-1, 4.50) vs. RHP Kyle Kendrick (10-11, 4.40)

8/25 Cubs lineup

Welington Castillo is back in the Cubs lineup Sunday for the series finale against the Padres. Castillo has been bothered by sore ribs, which he injured making an awkward throw last weekend in the Cardinals’ series. Castillo said he’s not 100 percent healthy but he can play.

Chris Rusin enters the game with a 3.08 ERA, tied with the Dodgers’ Hyun-Jin Ryu for the third-lowest earned run average of any rookie left-handed starting pitcher this season. Rusin trails only Atlanta’s Alex Wood (2.50) and Cincinnati’s Tony Cingrani (2.76).

A win Sunday, and the Cubs would secure their first season series win vs. the Padres since going 5-2 in 2008.

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

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