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#Cubs lineup: Mike Olt back at 3B

Mike Olt, who had to come out of Saturday’s game after he was hit on the right wrist by a pitch, was starting at third base Monday night for the Cubs in Game 1 of their three-game series against the Reds. Anthony Rizzo bats second for the second time this season. He also did so Sunday.

Jon Lester gets the start and it will be interesting to watch if Cincy speedster Billy Hamilton tests him.

Here’s the lineup:

Fowler CF

Rizzo 1B

Soler RF

Coghlan LF

Castro SS

Olt 3B

Ross C

Lester P

Alcantara 2B

#Cubs Minor matters: Sunday’s roundup

Kris Bryant hit his second homer in as many days and drove in three runs and Addison Russell went 3-for-5 with two RBIs, hitting his first Triple-A home run, to lead Iowa to a 7-2 victory over Memphis on Sunday. Jonathan Mota also homered for Iowa, which plays at New Orleans Monday night. Drake Britton earned the win Sunday in relief.

Dan Vogelbach went 3-for-5 with two RBIs in Tennessee’s 6-3 win over Mississippi. Christian Villanueva had two hits and three RBIs and Albert Almora hda two hits and scored two runs. The Smokies totaled 16 hits and went 6-for-19 with RISP.

Tyler Skulina gave up one run on three hits over five innings but took the loss as Myrtle Beach was beaten, 5-0, by Wilmington. Chris Denorfia went 1-for-2 with a double in the first game of a rehab assignment.

Zach Hedges gave up two earned runs over five innings for the win as South Bend beat Dayton, 8-3. Five players drove in a run for the South Bend Cubs, including Rashad Crawford, who had three RBIs.

#Cubs to raise money Tuesday for tornado victims

The Cubs want to help those affected by the tornadoes that swept through Fairdale and Rochelle, Ill.,  last week. On Tuesday during the Cubs vs Reds game at Wrigley Field, Cubs associates will collect monetary donations at the gates before the start of the game. Money raised will benefit the Illinois Tornado Relief Effort, a campaign of the McCormick Foundation to support nonprofit agencies providing disaster relief and recovery efforts to those communities hit hardest by the tornadoes.

Proceeds from Tuesday’s Cubs Charities 50/50 Raffle also will benefit the cause.

Fans who cannot attend the game but would like to make a donation to the tornado disaster relief effort can give through Sunday by visiting

Update on #Cubs Olt, La Stella

Cubs third baseman Mike Olt, hit on the right wrist by a pitch Saturday night, was able to pinch-hit Sunday while infielder Tommy La Stella remained sidelined with a strained right side.

Olt was hit by an Adam Ottavino pitch in the ninth inning, and was surprised his wrist was not swollen Sunday. He did pinch-hit in the ninth, and struck out, but stayed in the game at third base. The Cubs were short-handed because La Stella has been sidelined all weekend with the sore side, which he felt prior to Friday’s game.

“I’m feeling better every day,” said La Stella, who has not swung a bat for three days. “It’s one of those things where you don’t feel the need to rush it.”

La Stella will be re-evaluated on Monday.

Pitcher Travis Wood was listed on the Cubs lineup sheet as a right-handed hitter off the bench, and did get an at-bat on Sunday. Catcher Welington Castillo has been working out at third base in case the Cubs need a backup.

— Carrie Muskat

Final #Cubs 6, Rockies 5

Pinch-hitter Welington Castillo hit a RBI single and scored on Dexter Fowler’s two-run homer in the ninth to lift the Cubs to a 6-5 come from behind victory over the Rockies and take the series. DJ LeMahieu gave the Rockies a lead with a bases-clearing triple in the second inning off Kyle Hendricks, who did not get a decision. Hendricks gave up a career-high five runs on eight hits over 4 1/3 innings. This was Hendricks’ first start of the season. Hendricks did hit a RBI single, Miguel Montero added a RBI double and Anthony Rizzo hit a sacrifice fly. The Rockies made four errors, including two in the Chicago fifth that led to two runs.

Up next: The Cubs return home to face the Reds Monday night at Wrigley Field. Jon Lester gets the start.

#Cubs Montero is very convincing. Just ask Randy Johnson

Miguel Montero convinced both Cubs pitchers Jake Arrieta and Jason Hammel to follow his lead in their first starts and it paid off. There was a time when Montero’s advice wasn’t well received. Just ask Randy Johnson.

Montero recalls a game when they were together on the D-Backs. The first batter doubled off a hanging slider from Johnson. The next batter, Johnson threw a slider again, and this time, the batter hit a line drive off the pitcher’s leg.

“I go out to the mound and he looks at me,” Montero said Sunday. “[He said] ‘We have to quit throwing sliders to that guy.’ I looked up and said, ‘You have to quit hanging it.'”

Then, Montero turned and walked back to the plate, and realized what he had done.

“After I did it, I thought I was going to get sent down,” Montero said. “It didn’t happen — after the game, he came to my locker and said I was right.”

There are times when Montero is wrong. He remembered a game against the Pirates when Andrew McCutchen homered off a young D-Backs pitcher, hitting a change up.

“It hurts me when they give up a run — I take it personally,” Montero said.

Credit former big league catcher Bill Plummer with teaching Montero to focus on catching. Now, the Cubs are benefitting.

Is Montero always right at home, too?

“My wife has to be right,” Montero said. “Happy wife, happy life.”

— Carrie Muskat

#Cubs Olt OK to pinch-hit; La Stella sidelined

Cubs third baseman Mikt Olt, hit on the right wrist by a pitch Saturday night, said he was available to pinch-hit Sunday and felt relieved that the swelling had gone done.

“I’ll be able to swing it for sure,” Olt said after taking some swings in the cage.

Olt was surprised that his wrist looked so normal after taking an Adam Ottavino pitch off it in the ninth inning.

“Last night, it was swollen, and I woke up this morning and it wasn’t,” Olt said. “That’s a big step in the right direction.”

He received plenty of treatment from what he called the “big word machines” that the Cubs athletic trainers have. Olt joked that he was ready for anything.

“I could probably steal a bag, whatever they need,” he said.

The Cubs bench was shorthanded because infielder Tommy La Stella is sidelined with a strained side, which he felt prior to Friday’s game. Pitcher Travis Wood was listed on the Cubs lineup sheet as a right-handed hitter off the bench. Catcher Welington Castillo has worked out at third base in case they need a backup.

When Olt had to leave Saturday’s game, there was social media buzz that the Cubs would promote top prospect Kris Bryant.

“Not today,” manager Joe Maddon said.

— Carrie Muskat

#Cubs Minor matters: Bryant, Schwarber both homer

Saturday’s games

* Kris Bryant went 3-for-4 and missed hitting for the cycle by a triple in Iowa’s 13-0 win over Memphis. Bryant hit his first home run of the season in the ninth, and finished with three RBIs. Chris Valaika also homered.

* Kyle Schwarber went 2-for-4 with his first home run of the season in Tennessee’s 6-2 loss to Mississippi. Felix Pena gave up three hits over six scoreless innings. The Smokies were charged with five errors.

* Jeimer Candelario had three hits and two RBIs and Victor Caratini drove in the game-winning run in the 10th to lift Myrtle Beach to a 4-3 win over Wilmington. Shawon Dunston had two hits. Paul Blackburn struck out six over five innings.

* South Bend lost 7-5 to Bowling Green in 12 innings. Gleyber Torres had three hits, and Charcer Burks and Jeffrey Baez each had two.

#Cubs prospect Bryant goes 3-for-4, hits 1st HR for Iowa

The Iowa Cubs romped 13-0 over Memphis on Saturday night. Kris Bryant belted his first home run of the season, a two-run shot in the ninth, and missed hitting for the cycle by a triple. He also hit a sacrifice fly in the first, a single in the third, and a double in the fifth. He was 1-for-8 before Saturday’s game.

“The first two nights, I didn’t get much to hit and I was kind of going out of my comfort zone,” Bryant said. “Tonight I told myself to be a little more patient, wait ’em out and I got some more pitches to hit. It was a good night.”

Iowa wraps up its season opening series against Memphis Sunday and then heads to New Orleans for a four-game series, which starts Monday. The I-Cubs play their first home game Friday against Oklahoma City. Will Bryant be there?

“[I’m] not worried about that,” Bryant said. “I’m staying in the moment and for now, this is where I am.”

Final #Cubs 9, Rockies 5

Chris Coghlan, MIke Olt and Starlin Castro each hit solo home runs and Dexter Fowler hit two triples and drove in two runs to spark the Cubs to a 9-5 win over the Rockies on Saturday night. Jason Hammel got the win, giving up three runs on eight hits over six innings. Olt had a scare when he was hit by a pitch on his right wrist in the ninth inning. He had to leave the game. X-rays were negative.

The Cubs had scored three runs in their first three games of the season, and had not homered until they did so Saturday.

“The at-bats have been good. It’s just the ebb and flow of the season, and you want to get more consistent. I think our
judgement at the plate has been good.”

Hammel was a little miffed he was pulled after six innings. He felt strong and wanted another at-bat.

“He was disappointed i was taking him out because he had an opportunity to have his most at-bats in a game ever,” Maddon said. “More than him being taken out of the game, that’s what hurt him, that cut a little bit deeper. I’ll have to be aware of that.”

Back to pitching, Hammel knows how quickly things can change at Coors Field.

“Being here for the few years I was here, you learn, just hang in there, keep it close, keep battling,” he said. “The game can turn so fast. They answered real quick with two in the seventh and make a game of it.”

— Carrie Muskat


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