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4/16 Minor matters

Monday’s games
Iowa’s game at Memphis was postponed because of rain. The two teams will play a makeup doubleheader on May 28.

Dustin Geiger and Rafael Lopez each homered in Tennessee’s 6-4 loss to Jackson. C.J. Edward started and gave up three runs over five innings, and struck out seven. Edwards served up the second homer of his young career in the second. He’s now given up two homers in 198 pro innings.

Daytona lost 1-0 to Dunedin. Felix Pena gave up one run on three hits over eight innings. It was his second career complete game.

Kane County’s game was postponed because of rain.

Tuesday’s games
Logan Watkins drove in two runs in Iowa’s 8-4 loss to New Orleans. Carlos Pimentel took the loss, giving up seven runs over five innings on six hits and five walks. Chris Valaika had two hits.

Tennessee’s game versus Jackson was postponed because of rain, and the two teams will play a doubleheader on Thursday.

Daytona lost 10-3 to Dunedin, going 1-for-14 with runners in scoring position. Rock Shoulders hit a solo home run. Tim Saunders had three hits, including two doubles.

Kane County swept a doubleheader against Bowling Green, winning 2-0 in the first game, and 1-0 in the nightcap behind Paul Blackburn’s one-hitter. Jen-Ho Tseng threw 5 1/3 shutout innings in the first game, and Blackburn struck out six over six innings in the second.

* BAEZ Update:
Javier Baez said he was afraid he’d broken his ankle when he injured it during batting practice last Friday. He is currently on Iowa’s seven-day disabled list. It’s been tough for him to sit on the side.

“I don’t like being in the dugout and not playing and seeing what I can do,” Baez told the Des Moines Register.

4/16 Wrigley Field’s birthday party

You can party with Ernie Banks, Gale Sayers, Dutchie Caray and members of the Weeghman family at Wrigley Field’s 100th birthday party next week.

The ballpark will celebrate its 100th birthday on April 23 when the Cubs play host to the Diamondbacks a century after the Chicago Federals opened then Weeghman Park against the Kansas City Packers. The 100th birthday game headlines the first of 10 decade-themed homestands celebrating 100 years of Wrigley Field.

Tickets for the April 23 game are still available at http://www.cubs.com.

Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig and some of Wrigley Field’s icons will take part in pre-game ceremonies. Past owners will be recognized, and the current owners, the Ricketts family, will be joined by descendants of both the Weeghman and Wrigley families and representatives of the Chicago Tribune.

You’ll be able to dress the part. The first 30,000 fans at the game will receive a replica 1914 Chicago Federals jersey when they enter the ballpark. The jerseys mirror the throwback Chi-Feds home uniforms the Cubs will wear on the field. The D-Backs will participate by wearing Kansas City Federal League uniforms.

Prior to the game, historic photos and video tributes to Wrigley Field will play on the right field video board. Greeters will wear clothing modeled from 100 years ago while the grounds crew will wear Weeghman Park jackets from the same era. After both starting lineups are announced, members of the Northwestern University marching band will take the field, which was customary for Opening Day and other special events during the ballpark’s first two decades.

The Chicago Bears, who played 50 seasons at Wrigley Field from 1921 to 1970, will be honored, and members of the McCaskey family will be joined on field by former players Sayers and Dick Butkus.

Several former Cubs players will take part in the festivities, including Banks, Glenn Beckert, Andre Dawson, Bobby Dernier, Randy Hundley, Gary Matthews, Billy Williams, and pitchers Ryan Dempster, Fergie Jenkins, Milt Pappas, Lee Smith and Kerry Wood. Sam and Spencer Brown, Ron Santo’s grandchildren, will take part as well.

Sue Quigg, grand-niece of former Cubs owner Charles Weeghman, will throw the game’s ceremonial first pitch, and use the 100-year-old ball her grandmother Dessa Weeghman threw at a Chi-Feds game a century ago. Wayne Messmer will sing the game’s National Anthem, and the pre-game festivities will concluce with a historic bi-plane flyover.

The tributes to the ballpark will continue throughout the day. Fans will have a chance to sing “Happy Birthday” in the fifth inning, and can join Dutchie Caray, wife of the late Cubs broadcast legend Harry Caray, and many of the day’s special guests as they lead the seventh-inning stretch from the field.

Special food items will be available to get fans in the mood. The Decade Diner, located inside Gate D near section 142, will feature a classic Reuben sandwich with pastrami, sauerkraut, house-made Louie dressing and Kraft Swiss Cheese on a marble rye bread. Or, fans can munch on a breaded pork chop sandwich with slow-cooked onions and spicy mustard on toasted roll. The Decade Dogs stand near section 123 will serve decade-themed specialty hot dogs, starting with the 1910s Reuben Dog featuring a Vienna Beef hot dog, sliced corn beef, sauerkraut, Thousand Island dressing and Swiss cheese.

There also will be signature cocktails as well, including a 1910s Weeghman Park Old Fashioned, comprised of Bulleit Rye and Finest Call Old Fashioned Mix, served with an orange slice and cherry. That will be offered in limited-edition souvenir glasses April 18-24 on the main concourse at section 109 and in the bleacher patio in left field.

Game-used memorabilia will be available to collectors through various purchase opportunities. Framed, game-used bases with commemorative base jewels may be pre-ordered or purchased at the Cubs Authentics kiosk at Wrigley Field, pending availability.

Baseballs used at the ballpark this season feature the Wrigley Field 100th logo, while an additional “April 23, 2014” time stamp will be added to baseballs used on the actual game.

Game-worn throwback Chi-Feds uniforms will be available via auction following the April 23 game. For additional purchasing and product information, collectors can contact Cubs Authentics at (773) 404-4753, http://www.cubs.com/authentics, or by visiting the Cubs Authentics kiosk at Wrigley Field.

Cubs Charities will continue Wrigley Field’s birthday party at its primary fundraiser, the Bricks & Ivy Ball at the Field Museum. The “Party of the Century” theme will be integrated into the event for an exciting night of fun, entertainment and charitable giving. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet players, coaches and front office staff while bidding on exclusive experiences and memorabilia.

The first 10,000 fans attending the April 23 game will receive a birthday cupcake compliments of Jewel-Osco. A cake from Carlo’s Bakery, setting of the TLC show “Cake Boss,” will be on display near the Ernie Banks statue on Clark Street until the third inning. A portion of the cake will be served later to guests at the Bricks & Ivy Ball.

4/14 Wada PCL Pitcher of Week

Iowa Cubs pitcher Tsuyoshi Wada was named the Pacific Coast League Pitcher of the Week for April 3-13. Wada becomes the first I-Cub to earn the honor since Chris Rusin did so, May 7-13, 2012. In his first week in the Cubs organization, Wada went 2-0 in starts against Nashville and Memphis. He allowed one earned run in 13 1/3 innings (0.68 ERA), walked one and struck out 18, throwing 132 of his 187 pitches for strikes (70.5 percent). His 10 strikeouts against the Redbirds on Saturday night matched his career-high. Wada enters today ranking second in the PCL in ERA, third in strikeouts, second in WHIP (0.60) and second in batting average against (.149).

4/14 Hammel starts Interleague play

The Cubs play the Yankees on Tuesday, the first of eight Interleague series this season, and Jason Hammel will get it started. Hammel is well-versed in the Yankees, having faced them 17 times while pitching for the Rays and Orioles. He’s pitched at both old and new Yankee Stadium, too.

“They’ve always been a team that is very patient and a lot of their guys at the top and the bottom of the order just battle and put the ball in play,” Hammel said.

His last outing vs the Yankees was July 7 when he threw 102 pitches over five innings, giving up six hits and one run, while with the Orioles.

“I think I had 25-something foul balls,” he said. “My pitch count was done in like the fourth inning.”

The Yankees may not have reached the postseason last year, but Hammel knows not to overlook them.

“They’re a perennial powerhouse and find a way to win and the organization is committed to their players, that’s how they do it,” Hammel said. “That being said, there’s still a way to beat them. I’ve faced them many times and had some success. You just have to keep the ball down there.”

So, which does he prefer, the old or new version of Yankee Stadium?

“Old Yankee Stadium, I still have that as my top stadium,” he said. “I love Fenway — I live in Massachusetts now, and love going to Fenway — but the feeling you got when you walk on the mound of the old stadium was something else. You felt like you were in the middle of nowhere because of the way their first level seating went way back and wasn’t really staggered and it felt so cool.

“Now it’s different,” he said. “It’s the same size but it almost has lost the intimidation factor because you see the young teams like the Rays and Orioles now contending over there. You go in there and you know you can beat them. Before, you’d go into Yankee Stadium [and be happy] to take one.”

This series will mark the Cubs’ first-ever regular season games at new Yankee Stadium, the 122nd different ballpark in which the team will have played. After Tuesday, the Cubs will have played a regular-season game in every current Major League city and a game in every active ballpark.

The Cubs did play the first two games in the history of new Yankee Stadium, however, when the teams met in exhibition action prior to 2009. The Yankees won both games.

Heading into this season, the Cubs have played in three ballparks for the first time in the last two seasons, including O.co Coliseum in Oakland in 2013 as well as Marlins Stadium and Target Field in 2013.

Hammel hopes some of the young Cubs who have never played at Yankee Stadium aren’t overwhelmed.

“It’s awe inspiring when you walk in there [to new Yankee Stadium] because everything is so big and modern and exciting to play there,” he said. “It’s one of those bucket list-type places. Yankee Stadium, it’s an eye opener and so much fun to be there.”

– Carrie Muskat

4/14 Minor matters

IOWA: Matt Szczur hit a two-run homer in the seventh to help Iowa beat Memphis, 6-3, on Sunday. Luis Flores had two hits. Alberto Cabrera threw three scoreless innings in relief for the win.

Javier Baez, placed on the seven-day disabled list Sunday with a sprained left ankle, assured fans he’ll be OK. Baez posted: “I’ll be back soon people. Promise. RT” on his Twitter account.

TENNESSEE: Zeke DeVoss and Stephen Bruno hit back to back home runs to help Tennessee beat Chattanooga, 8-2. Matt Loosen picked up the win, giving up two runs on four hits and four walks over five innings. Wes Darvill was 3-for-3 with three RBI. Kris Bryant reached base three times and scored two runs.

DAYTONA: Bijan Rademacher had two hits and two RBIs in Daytona’s 7-3 loss to Tampa. Ben Wells took the loss, giving up two runs over four innings. Tim Saunders had two hits and one RBI.

KANE COUNTY: Top prospect Duane Underwood gave up one run on three hits over three innings in Kane County’s rain-shortened 6-1 win over Lake County. Underwood struck out five. Yasiel Balaguert had two hits and scored two runs.

4/13 Extra bases

* The addition of Blake Parker gives the Cubs another option for save situations, joining Pedro Strop, Hector Rondon and Justin Grimm. The Cubs are trying to fill in for Jose Veras, who will be used in a different role after his struggles in his first four games. Parker is the career saves leader at Iowa, and knows how hard it is to get the last three outs.

“It’s an unbelievably hard role, especially in the big leagues with the crowd involved and the umpires are a little bit tighter and the quality of the hitters is way better,” Parker said. “It’s the hardest job for a pitcher to get those last three outs. To just be able to come in and get outs is my thing, whether it’s the ninth or the sixth.”

The Cubs have seen two pitchers – Strop and Rondon – each record a save within the first 11 games of the season. Last April, the Cubs had three different pitchers record a save within the month of April for the first time since the save became an official MLB statistic in 1969.

“They give me various options,” Renteria said of Strop, Parker, Rondon and Grimm. “You still have to put them in situations where they feel comfortable.”

* The Cubs have two off days this week but will not tweak their rotation, which means Jeff Samardzija, Carlos Villanueva and Edwin Jackson will start next weekend against the Reds at Wrigley Field. Villanueva will stay in the rotation despite lasting three innings Saturday against the Cardinals.

* After an off day Monday, the Cubs play the Yankees in the first of eight Interleague series this season at Yankee Stadium. This will be the Cubs’ first-ever regular season games at the new Yankee Stadium, which will be the 122nd different ballpark in which the team will have played. After Tuesday, the Cubs will have played a regular-season game in every current Major League city and a game in every active ballpark.

“It was a little more traditional, and it was more of a pitcher’s ballpark,” Jose Veras said of the old Yankee Stadium. “The [new one] is a hitters ballpark now. It’s way different now.”

The Cubs did play the first two games in the history of new Yankee Stadium, however, when the teams met in exhibition action prior to 2009. The Yankees won both games.

* Top prospect Javier Baez was placed on the seven-day disabled list with Triple-A Iowa because of a sprained left ankle, injured while taking ground balls on Friday. Baez was 4-for-26 (.154) with two home runs in eight games this season.

* This weekend was manager Rick Renteria’s first exposure to the Cubs-Cardinals rivalry.

“I noticed, looking outside my hotel room, that there were a lot of people waiting to get into [Busch] stadium and that was early in the morning,” Renteria said. “It’s neat. I think the fan base here and in Chicago are unique. I like my fan base.”

– Carrie Muskat

4/13 Minor League roster moves

* Javier Baez was placed on Iowa’s seven-day disabled list because of a sprained left ankle, suffered Friday while taking ground balls during batting practice. He was 4-for-26 with a double, two home runs and three RBIs in eight games so far.

* Outfielder Jae-Hoon Ha has been transferred to Tennessee from Triple-A Iowa. Ha has played for Tennessee in each of the last three seasons. In a corresponding move, infielder Giuseppe Papaccio has been transferred from Tennessee to Extended Spring Training. He was hitless in two pinch-hit appearances. Left-hander Austin Kirk has been transferred from High-A Daytona to Tennessee. In two relief outings for Daytona, Kirk gave up four earned runs over 4 1/3 innings. Right-handed reliever Frank Batista has been transferred to Extended Spring Training from Tennessee.

* Pitcher Duane Underwood has joined Kane County from the Cubs’ spring training complex in Arizona while pitcher Scott Frazier has been transferred to Arizona. Underwood is active and scheduled to start Sunday’s game. Underwood, a second round pick in 2012, went 3-4 with a 4.97 ERA at Short-A Boise in 2013. Underwood is one of three 19 year olds on the roster, joining fellow starting pitcher Jen-Ho Tseng and infielder Carlos Penalver.

4/13 Roster moves

As expected, Blake Parker joined the Cubs on Sunday. The right-hander was recalled from Iowa and took Chris Rusin’s spot. Rusin threw five innings in relief on Saturday, and was optioned back to Iowa.

4/13 Cubs lineup

The rain is gone, and it looks like the Cubs and Cardinals will finish their series on Sunday. Emilio Bonifacio is back at the top of the order as the Cubs try to win the series, facing Michael Wacha. Here’s the lineup:

Bonifacio 2B
Ruggiano CF
Rizzo 1B
Schierholtz RF
Castro SS
Lake LF
Olt 3B
Castillo C
Jackson P

4/13 Minor matters

Tsuyoshi Wada struck out 10 over 6 2/3 innings in Iowa’s 5-0 win over Memphis. Wada retired the first six batters he faced. Brian Schlitter, optined to Iowa earlier in the day, threw a scoreless ninth. Brett Jackson had one RBI and Matt Szczur delivered a two-run pinch-single in the ninth.

Kris Bryant hit his third home run and Zeke DeVoss hit a two-run triple to lead Tennessee to a 5-1 victory over Chattanooga. Bryant and Dustin Geiger are tied for the Southern League lead with three homers each. Ryan Searle picked up the win in relief.

Albert Almora drove in three runs in Daytona’s 7-1 win over Tampa. Rob Zastryzny gave up one run on seven hits over 5 2/3 innings. Almora hit his first home run of the season and also hit a double. Dan Vogelbach had two RBI.

Jacob Rogers had four RBI in Kane County’s 9-8 win over Lake County. Rogers hit a two-run homer and a double. David Bote also homered and drove in two runs.

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