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4/8 Cubs lineup

Starlin Castro stays in the No. 6 spot in the Cubs lineup for Tuesday night’s game against the Pirates at Wrigley Field. It’s the first game under the lights at the ballpark. Castro made his first start in the sixth spot on Sunday, and delivered a RBI double in the first. Edwin Jackson makes the start. Here’s the lineup:

Bonifacio 2B
Kalish LF
Rizzo 1B
Schierholtz RF
Valbuena 3B
Castro SS
Sweeney CF
Castillo C
E. Jackson P

4/8 Minor matters – UPDATED

* Christian Villanueva hit a go-ahead three-run home run in the sixth to back Tsuyoshi Wada and lead the Iowa Cubs to a 4-1 victory over Nashville on Monday. Wada retired 20 of the 24 Sounds hitters he faced, struck out eight and walked one over 6 2/3 innings. He did serve up a second inning home run to Eugenio Velez.

Nashville starter Ariel Pena took a no-hitter into the fifth, when Iowa finally scored. Brett Jackson snapped an 0-for-12 start with a triple and he scored on Eli Whiteside’s single. The Iowa Cubs rallied off reliever Kyle Heckathorn with two outs in the sixth. Matt Szczur walked and Chris Coghlan singled to set up Villanueva’s first home run.

Blake Parker struck out two in the ninth for the save. The I-Cubs stole four bases. On Tuesday, the two teams square off again as Chris Rusin makes his second start against Mike Fiers.

* Michael Lorenzen struck out seven over seven scoreless innings as Pensacola beat Tennessee, 3-2. Lorenzen had a perfect game through four, and Dustin Geiger broke up the no-hit bid with a single to start the fifth. Geiger also hit a home run in the ninth. Smokies starter Matt Loosen gave up three runs on six hits over five innings.

* Rock Shoulders had two hits, including a double, and two RBI but it wasn’t enough as Daytona lost 5-4 to Brevard County. Jeimer Candelario also had two hits, including a triple, and one RBI.

4/7 Join Rizzo at “Cook Off for Cancer”

Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo will host his second “Cook Off for Cancer” on May 16 at Revel Downtown, 440 W. Randolph, Chicago. Fans can join Cubs players and coaches as they serve upscale ballpark food prepared by some of Chicago’s top chefs. Fans will vote for their favorite chef or dish by tipping the Cubs server. The list of chefs participating include:

Tony Priolo, Piccolo Sogno
Doug Tomek, Uncle Dougies
Guiseppe Tentori, GT Fish and Oyster
Mario Hernandez, Del Frisco’s
Doug Psaltis, RPM Italian
David Burns, Levy Restaurants
Joseph Heppe, Untitled 111
Molly Johnson, Limelight Catering
Cosmo Goss, Publican
Joseph Farina, Joe’s Fish
Lee Ann Whippen, Chicago q

Tickets are $200 person, or $1,200 for a table. To purchase a ticket or make a donation, visit Cubs.com/Cook

4/7 Minor matters

* Chris Valaika hit a walk-off RBI single to lift Iowa to a 4-3 win over Memphis on Sunday. Iowa erased a 2-1 deficit when Javier Baez hit a pinch-hit home run in the seventh. It was his first Triple-A hit in 10 at-bats. Eric Jokisch started, and gave up two runs, none earned, on six hits over seven innings. Josh Vitters was 3-for-4.

The home run for Baez came one day after he was ejected for arguing balls and strikes. Baez’s frustration carried over into the dugout where he and catcher Eli Whiteside were involved in an altercation, according to the Des Moines Register.

“I was mad, he was mad, everybody was mad,” Baez told the Des Moines Register. “We argued a little. Nothing personal.”

Baez talked to Whiteside on Sunday, and patched things up. Baez is aware of the high expectations on him.

“I don’t really care about what other people think,” he told the Des Moines Register. “I’ll do my job and I’ll do the best I can for my teammates and for the team.”

* Dustin Geiger hit a solo home run in the ninth but it wasn’t enough as Tennessee lost 3-2 to Pensacola on Sunday. Geiger was 2-for-3. Ivan Pineyro started, and gave up two runs over four innings.

* Daytona was off on Sunday and scheduled to return to action Monday against Brevard County.

* Quad Cities scored five runs in the seventh to beat Kane County, 7-3. Juan Paniagua started and gave up two runs on three hits and four walks over four innings.

4/6 Cubs 8, Phillies 3

Ryan Kalish drove in three runs to help the Cubs beat the Phillies, 8-3, on Sunday at Wrigley Field. It was Kalish’s first multi-hit effort since he had two hits Sept. 3, 2012, at Seattle. Starlin Castro, inserted in the No. 6 spot, delivered in a four-run first with a RBI double. Carlos Villanueva picked up the win in his first start, giving up one run on six hits over five innings. He had to work to get out of some jams, too.

* Emilio Bonifacio collected his 14th hit, tops in the Major Leagues.

* The Cubs had scored eight runs in their first five games combined.

* Wrigley Field had its first replay challenge when Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg challenged Chase Utley getting called out at first in the fifth inning. The play was confirmed.

* Kalish is back after undergoing cervical fusion surgery on his neck. He was injured in a collision with an outfield wall and said he’s not going to be charging into Wrigley Field’s walls any time soon.

“I’m not going to go full speed into this one here,” Kalish said. “That’s brick.”

* Catcher John Baker wanted No. 12 on the Cubs. That’s the same number Dusty Baker wore.

“I thought if I took it, there might be some cool t-shirts left over with ‘Baker’ on them,” Baker said.

* Next up: After an off day Monday, the Cubs play host to the Pirates at Wrigley Field Tuesday night, kicking off a three-game series. Edwin Jackson is scheduled to start.

– Carrie Muskat

4/6 Leadoff man

After Sunday’s game, the Cubs play host to the Pirates, starting Tuesday. Can the Pirates contain Emilio Bonifacio? He was 11-for-16 in the three games at PNC Park.

“He’s actually a ball of energy,” Rick Renteria said Sunday of the leadoff man. “He’s talking in the dugout all the time. He’s a ball of energy we appreciate having. The conversations in the dugout have been pretty good. All the games we’ve played, guys are talking about the right things and there’s good energy in there. The outcome hasn’t been what we wanted but everybody is still preparing to do what they can to help us have success.”

Even Renteria doesn’t think his leadoff man can keep up the pace.

“It would be impossible for us to believe he would maintain the clip he had through the Pittsburgh series but when he gets to the plate, he tries to work the count, he tries to get on, and when he gets on base, he wants to wreck havoc on the pitchers and the opposition,” Renteria said. “It’s good for him to be part of our club.”

– Carrie Muskat

4/6 Castro hits 6th; hopes for RBI chances

Starlin Castro has batted second and third so far this season, but on Sunday, Cubs manager Rick Renteria dropped the shortstop to the sixth spot in hopes the shortstop could drive in some runs. The Cubs entered Sunday’s game 4-for-40 with runners in scoring position in their first five games.

“It’s good, because we haven’t scored any runs,” Castro said of the switch. “That’s why I’m going to try to do something to get some more runs. It’s good. I feel good. That’s a RBI position. Maybe we’ll have men on base in scoring position.”

Renteria also wanted to take advantage of Castro’s .409 average against Phillies starter A.J. Burnett. The Cubs shortstop is 9-for-22 in his career against the right-hander.

“Maybe we’ll have a lot of guys on base and we’ll see if [Castro] can go ahead and put himself in a position to drive in runs,” Renteria said.

The Cubs manager didn’t talk to Castro before posting the lineup.

“He’s not a guy I worry about,” Renteria said.

Castro understood the switch.

“We haven’t scored runs,” Castro said. “I take [batting sixth] in a good way. We’ve left a lot of people in scoring position. I know Ricky is trying to do something.”

– Carrie Muskat

4/6 Minor matters

* Kyle Hendricks gave up six earned runs on seven hits over 4 2/3 innings in Iowa’s 11-1 loss to Memphis. Chris Coghlan was 2-for-4. Marcus Hatley struck out four over two innings of relief. Javier Baez was ejected in the third inning for arguing a checked swing third strike call.

“Javy probably should have gotten thrown out,” Iowa manager Marty Pevey told the Des Moines Register. “As soon as he throws his hands up in the air, you’re gone.”

Baez is hitless in his first nine at-bats and has struck out six times.

“He’s frustrated,” Pevey told the Des Moines Register. “There’s frustration there. Anybody that competes is going to react that way. He’s got to understand that all his teammates have his back and we understand.”

On Sunday, Baez delivered a pinch-hit home run in the seventh for Iowa.

* Jake Arrieta served up one run and took the loss in a Minor League rehab start for Tennessee. The Smokies lost, 5-0, in a game shortened because of rain. Arrieta gave up one run on one walk and struck out three. He threw 42 pitches, 28 strikes, and the run scored on a wild pitch in the third inning.

* Albert Almora was 5-for-6 to pace Daytona’s 21-hit attack in a 13-2 win over Brevard County. Every Daytona starter had at least one hit. Tayler Scott picked up the win, giving up two hits over seven shutout innings. Jeimer Candelario hit his first homer, a solo shot in the fourth.

* Tyler Skulina threw six shutout innings but did not get a decision in Kane County’s 2-1 loss to Quad Cities in the first game of a doubleheader. Kane County took the second game, 5-4, in 10 innings. Jake Hannemann and Daniel Canela each hit home runs in the second game.

4/6 Cubs lineup

Carlos Villanueva starts in the series finale Sunday against the Phillies. Starlin Castro is batting sixth, and Darwin Barney gets a breather as Emilio Bonifacio moves to second base. Here’s the lineup:

Bonifacio 2B
Kalish LF
Rizzo 1B
Schierholtz RF
Valbuena 3B
Castro SS
Sweeney CF
Baker C
Villanueva P

4/5 Phillies 2, Cubs 0

Jeff Samardzija posted the fourth quality start in five games for the Cubs. Emilio Bonifacio and Starlin Castro got on base five times. Now, if the Cubs could just drive runners in — and keep Chase Utley quiet — they might turn things around. Utley had three hits, including his second home run in as many games, and scored the Phillies’ second run to post a 2-0 victory Saturday over the Cubs in front of 30,651 fans bundled up to deal with the brisk game-time temperature of 39 degrees.

Samardzija took the loss in his first start at Wrigley Field this season, giving up six hits over seven innings and striking out eight. It was the fourth quality start in five games for a Cubs pitcher, and the Chicago starters now have a 1.95 ERA this season (seven earned runs over 32 1/3 innings).

Renteria, still waiting to hear “Go Cubs Go” played after a home win, loaded the lineup with right-handed hitters Mike Olt, Junior Lake and Justin Ruggiano against Lee, who was the third left-handed starter the Cubs have faced in five games. Lee shrugged it off, and scattered 10 hits over seven innings. But the Cubs didn’t help themselves, stranding 10 runners, and now are 4-for-40 with runners in scoring position in five games.

“You do have to be relaxed and know the pitcher is on the ropes a little bit,” Renteria said. “You talk about it and see if it starts to take hold, an understanding of that particular situation, so guys can be a little more relaxed.”

Samardzija knows his teammates are doing everything they can.

“I see these guys work every day and I know what they’re doing,” Samardzija said. “If it was a different situation and I thought they were lazy, it’d be different. Guys come to work every day and do everything they can. It’s early in the season, and we’ll keep going, keep pushing and figure this out.”

Renteria plans on repeating the message.

“It’s OK if it’s a broken record — you keep repeating it and you keep talking about it,” Renteria said. “You never stop talking about it until you start to understand it and get a good feel for it. A lot of it is more games, just keep getting in more games. I know we didn’t come up with a victory today but for me, it was a ballgame we were in the whole way.”

– Carrie Muskat

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