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9/10 Rizzo walk-a-thon Nov. 16

Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo will host his third walk-off for cancer on Nov. 16 at Pine Trails Park, Parkland, FL. Registration is $30, which includes a t-shirt and gift bag. You can walk individually or register as a team for the 5K walk around the park. For more information, send an email to, or visit The walk has raised more than $100,000 two years in a row.

9/10 Kane County playoff info

Class A Kane County opens the 2014 Midwest League Championship Series tonight vs. Lake County. Kane County is attempting to win the franchise’s first league title since 2001. The Cougars are unbeaten in postseason play, having swept Wisconsin in the quarterfinal round and Cedar Rapids in the division championship round.

Games 1 and 2 of the best-of-five series will take place at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark Wednesday and Thursday, with both games slated for a 6 p.m. CT start time. Following an off-day on Friday, the series shifts to eastern Ohio for Game 3 on Saturday at 6 p.m. CT. If necessary, Games 4 and 5 would take place on Sunday and Monday, respectively, at Lake County. WBIG 1280 AM, as well as will carry the radio broadcasts of the games.

Playoff tickets are available by calling (630) 232-8811 or ordering online at

This is the 14th playoff appearance in the Cougars’ 24-year history, and first trip to the postseason since 2011 and the first league championship series appearance since 2006. The Cougars won the Midwest League Championship in 2001 as the team featured present-day Major League stars such as Miguel Cabrera and Adrian Gonzalez.

This season’s team, led by Midwest League Manager of the Year Mark Johnson, won 91 games during the regular season, which leads both Major League and Minor League Baseball, while setting a franchise record for most regular season wins. The Cougars clinched the Western Division first half championship in June with a 45-25 first half record and won the second half division championship with a 46-24 mark. Kane County also set a franchise best with 13 consecutive wins, 2.85 team ERA and 54-17 home record this season.

Scouting the Cougars:

The Cougars swept Lake County in a three-game series at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark, April 11-13. Pitcher Jen-Ho Tseng will start Wednesday. Yasiel Balaguert went 8-for-12 during the April series against Lake County while pitchers Daury Torrez (expected Game 2 starter) and Duane Underwood (expected Game 3 starter) each made starts against the Captains. Jeimer Candelario is batting .444 in four playoff games while Mark Zagunis is batting .429 in the postseason. This is the fifth LCS appearance for the Cougars (1997, 2001, 2004, 2006, 2014). Probable starters for potential games 4 and 5 would be Paul Blackburn followed by Ben Wells.

Scouting the Captains:

Lake County, located in Eastlake, Ohio, is 4-0 in the playoffs as well, sweeping South Bend in the first round and Fort Wayne in the Eastern Division Championship Series. Lake County’s 27-43 first half record was the worst in the Midwest League’s first half. The team rebounded and went 38-31 in the second half to take the top playoff spot in the division. Lake County was 39-30 at home and 26-44 on the road this season. In four playoff games, Lake County’s team ERA is 1.50. First round pick Bradley Zimmer joined Lake County near the end of the regular season and is batting .375 in the playoffs. Zimmer’s older brother Kyle played with Kane County when the Cougars were affiliated with the Kansas City Royals in 2012. Lake County won the Midwest League championship in 2010 – their first season in the league. Probable starters for the Captains are Mitch Brown, Jordan Milbrath, Anderson Polanco and Luis Lugo for Games 1-4.

Midwest League Championship Round (Best-of-5 series)

Wednesday, Sept. 10 – Lake County at Kane County, 6 p.m. CT
Thursday, Sept. 11 – Lake County at Kane County, 6 p.m. CT
Saturday, Sept. 13 – Kane County at Lake County, 6 p.m. CT
Sunday, Sept. 14 – Kane County at Lake County, 6 p.m. CT
Monday, Sept. 15 – Kane County at Lake County, 6 p.m. CT

9/10 Cubs lineup

Logan Watkins will be the 39th different player to be the designated hitter for the Cubs tonight as they wrap up their three-game series against the Blue Jays. Kyle Hendricks gets the start. Here’s the lineup:

Coghlan LF
Baez SS
Valbuena 3B
Soler RF
Castillo C
Kalish CF
Alcantara 2B
Olt 1B
Watkins DH

Hendricks P

9/10 Extra bases

* The Cubs current five-game losing streak is one shy of their season-long six-game losing streak, July 5-9. The Cubs are one loss shy of guaranteeing a fifth-straight season below .500, which would be their first five-season stretch of sub .500 baseball since 1978-83. The Cubs also are three wins away from surpassing their win total from all of last season.

* There are 17 games remaining this season, with all but three of the games against teams in contention for the playoffs.

* Kyle Hendricks gets the start Wednesday. He has a 1.60 ERA (10 ER/56 1/3 IP) in nine starts since the All-Star Break, the fourth-best ERA among starting pitchers in all of baseball since the break and trailing only Los Angeles’ Clayton Kershaw (1.56 ERA) among all NL starters. Hendricks earned NL Rookie of the Month honors in August after going 4-0 with a 1.69 ERA in six starts … he is the first Cubs pitcher to ever be named a Rookie of the Month winner.

* Looking ahead to Cubs vs. Pirates this weekend:

Friday: LHP Tsuyoshi Wada (4-2, 2.95) vs. RHP Gerrit Cole (8-5, 3.89)
Saturday: LHP Felix Doubront (1-1, 2.25) vs. LHP Jeff Locke (7-4, 3.60)
Sunday: RHP Jacob Turner (5-9, 5.84) vs. RHP Edinson Volquez (11-7, 3.36)

* Also, Game 1 of the best-of-five Midwest League championship series between Kane County and Lake County will begin Wednesday night. The Cougars are looking to win their second league championship in franchise history (previously done, 2011).

9/9 Minor matters – Monday’s game

Daytona’s season is over after losing 4-2 in 11 innings Monday to Fort Myers in the Florida State League championship game. Jason Kanzler hit a tie-brekaing two-run homer in the 11th off Daytona’s Stephen Perakslis that was the difference. Dan Vogelbach scored in the fourth on an error, and doubled to lead off the sixth and scored on another error. Vogelbach, who will play in the Arizona Fall League, hit .273.

Kane County faces Lake County in the best of five Midwest League championship series, starting Wednesday at Fifth Third Bank ballpark in Geneva, IL.

9/8 Cubs lineup

Luis Valbuena will be the DH tonight for the Cubs as they open a three-game Interleague series against the Blue Jays in Toronto. Here’s the lineup:

Coghlan LF
Baez SS
Valbuena DH
Soler RF
Castillo C
Olt 1B
Alcantara CF
Watkins 2B
Valaika 3B

Turner P

9/8 Cubs 2015 schedule

The Cubs announced the tentative 2015 regular season schedule. They will open at home on April 6 against the Cardinals to kick off the 100th season of Cubs baseball at Wrigley Field.

The Cubs will open at home for the first time since 2012 and for the fourth time in the last 14 seasons. The Cubs play the Cardinals in their season opener for the first time since 1991, as the first homestand features three games against St. Louis before the club leaves for a three-game road trip to Denver.

The 2015 schedule features eight Interleague series against the AL Central, including the annual home-and-home sets against the White Sox. The Cubs and White Sox will play a total of six games, with the first three games taking place at Wrigley Field leading up to the All Star Break from July 10-12 followed by three games at U.S. Cellular Field on Aug. 14-16, 2015.

In addition to the White Sox, the Cubs welcome three additional AL Central opponents: the Royals (three games, May 29-31), the Indians (two games, June 15-16) and the Tigers (two games, August 18-19). The Cubs travel to play at Detroit (two games, June 9-10), at Cleveland (two games, June 17-18) and at Minnesota (three games, June 19-21). The Cubs visit Cleveland for the first time since 2006.

The Cubs 2015 tentative schedule features only two three-series home stands and two three-city road trips (after four three-city road trips in 2014 and five three-city road trips in 2013).

The Cubs are scheduled to host two holiday games in 2015: Memorial Day Monday, May 25, vs. the Nationals and the Fourth of July vs. Miami. The Cubs will be on the road for three holidays this season: May 10 in Milwaukee for Mother’s Day, June 21 in Minnesota on Father’s Day and Labor Day Monday, Sept. 7 in St. Louis.

9/8 Rookie hazing day


Imagine going through customs in Toronto dressed like Batman. That’s what Mike Olt had to do Sunday night. Cubs rookies had to pose outside Wrigley Field in the unique outfits. Matt Szczur seemed to enjoy his Spiderman get-up. Superman seemed appropriate for Jorge Soler. It’s all in good fun.

9/8 Kane County reaches MWL championship

Class A Kane County advanced to the Midwest League Championship Series after beating Cedar Rapids, 4-2, in the Western Division championship series. Tyler Ihrig picked up the win in relief. Jacob Rogers hit a solo home run in the sixth but Cedar Rapids answered in the seventh with a two-run home run by Chad Christensen. Carlos Penalver put the Cougars ahead with a two-run homer in the seventh. In the eighth, Jeffrey Baez singled, and stole second, then third before scoring on Chesny Young’s single.

The Cougars now will face Lake County, which defeated Fort Wayne. This is Kane County’s first trip to the league championship series since 2006. The Cougars last won the league championship in 2001 when Miguel Cabrera and Adrian Gonzalez were on the team. The best-of-five series opens Wednesday at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark.

Midwest League Championship Round (Best-of-5 series)
Wednesday: Lake County at Kane County, 6 PM CT
Thursday: Lake County at Kane County, 6 PM CT
Saturday: Kane County at Lake County, 6 PM CT
Sunday: Kane County at Lake County, 6 PM CT
Sept. 15: Kane County at Lake County, 6 PM CT

9/7 Pirates 10, Cubs 4

* Travis Wood took the loss, his 12. He gave up seven runs on nine hits while issuing one walk and striking out one over 1 2/3 innings. He served up a season-high three home runs. The outing was his shortest since Sept. 27 last year at St. Louis (1 IP), but that was a planned short start. In 12 starts against the NL Central this season, Wood is 5-5 with a 5.66 ERA (43 ER/68 1/3 IP) and 13 home runs allowed.

“If I missed a pitch, they hit it out of the park, and if I executed one, they hit it in the hole,” said Wood, who served up three home runs, including back to back blasts by Jordy Mercer and Andrew McCutchen in the second. “It just wasn’t my day. They have a good team over there.”

* Mike Olt set a career high with three hits, including an RBI single. He drove in his first run since July 19 at Arizona.

* Chris Coghlan had two hits, his 23rd multi-hit game.

* Luis Valbuena extended his hitting streak to seven games (.333/10-for-30) with a fourth-inning single to right.

* Matt Szczur registered his first-career RBI with a two-run single to right in the seventh inning.

* Welington Castillo extended his hitting streak to five games (.389/7-for-18) with a double in the sixth inning.

* The bright spot for the Cubs was Eric Jokisch, who made his Major League debut, and gave up one run on six hits while striking out four over 4 1/3 innings of relief.

* Cubs pitchers gave up 19 hits, which matched the season high, previously done, July 5 at Washington.


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