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6/10 Cubs vs. Reds, round II

As far as the Cubs and Reds are concerned, both teams would like to put any bad blood to rest as they start a fresh series this week at Wrigley Field. The last time the teams met — May 26 in Cincinnati — Reds right-hander Johnny Cueto threw a pitch over David DeJesus’ head with a four-run lead in the sixth inning. Cueto received a warning from home plate umpire Bob Davidson, Cubs pitcher Matt Garza took exception to the play, and the Cubs went on to win.

“Cueto should learn, you don’t go after guys’ heads,” Garza said after the incident. “Don’t wake a sleeping dog. I think that’s kind of immature on his part and totally uncalled for. He’s lucky that retaliation isn’t in our vocabulary.”

Both teams’ managers downplayed the incident on Monday. Asked if he expected any repercussions, Cubs manager Dale Sveum said no.

“There’s nothing to that whole situation,” Sveum said.

Garza will pitch in Game 2 of the series on Tuesday. Cueto, on the disabled list, will not face the Cubs this time around.

Reds manager Dusty Baker, who said the following day that Garza should address the situation personally with Cueto and that the two could settle it with a fight, said the incident is “over.”

“I think Johnny got fined for it,” Baker said. “So all we can do is play ball. And whoever wants to do something, it’s their prerogative if they want to. … I don’t even know Garza. Never spoke to him in my life.”

5/29 Cubs lineup

David DeJesus and Luis Valbuena get rare starts against a left-hander on Wednesday as the Cubs play host to the White Sox at Wrigley Field. Here’s the lineup:

DeJesus CF
Castro SS
Rizzo 1B
Soriano LF
Hairston RF
Navarro C
Valbuena 3B
Barney 2B
Feldman P

* Tuesday’s rainout was the second all-time in the Cubs-White Sox series, dating to 1997, and the first at U.S. Cellular Field. The first rainout was June 16, 2009, at Wrigley Field. Tuesday was the Cubs’ third game to be postponed by rain this year.

* The Cubs are hitting .273 in 24 home games, 51 points higher than their .222 average in 26 road games. They also have an .803 OPS at home, 184 points higher than their .619 OPS on the road.

— Carrie Muskat

5/27 DeJesus downplays Cueto pitch

The Cubs did their best Monday to downplay comments Matt Garza made about Reds pitcher Johnny Cueto, who threw a pitch over David DeJesus’ head on Sunday. Cueto had appeared to take exception to DeJesus stepping out of the batter’s box in the first. In the sixth, DeJesus did it again, and Cueto threw a ball over DeJesus’ head. Home plate umpire Bob Davidson issued a warning to both benches.

Garza took exception to Cueto’s actions, and called it “total immaturity.” On Monday, Dale Sveum tried to dismiss the matter.

“Yesterday is over with. It’s people’s prerogative to make a big thing out of something that was no big thing at all. Those are their comments. I’ve got nothing to really comment on something that’s over with.”

DeJesus flew out to right in the at-bat and was laughing as he ran off the field but that’s because he was looking at the Reds’ Todd Frazier, who is a friend of his.

“I’m not really worried about it,” DeJesus said. “It’s great to have guys who back you, your own teammates. You want your teammates behind you, like Garza, who’s a great guy to have. I don’t think this needs to get blown out of proportion. It gave us a spark that we needed yesterday. We were able to come back and win a big game. We come into this series feeling fresh and feeling positive. I think that’s how we need to go. That’s over with, that’s done with and let’s move forward.”

What about Dusty Baker’s comments that Garza and Cueto should duke it out?

“That’s not a way to do it either,” DeJesus said. “It is what it is now, and hopefully, it’s over with, and let’s just move on. It’s not worth putting any more oil in the fire.”

There is no history between Cueto and DeJesus, who is very deliberate at the plate.

“I do the same thing every at-bat, so it’s not like I’m doing it just against him,” DeJesus said. “I have no problem with him, I respect his game, I respect him as a player.”

Soriano knows Cueto well but didn’t think the pitch was mean-spirited.

“I think Cueto was joking around with him because he takes time getting in the box,” Soriano said. “If [Cueto] wanted to hit him, he’d hit him because he has good control. Cueto likes to pitch real quick, and DeJesus is different, he takes his time at home plate.”

— Carrie Muskat

5/26 Garza to Cueto: Grow up

The Cubs were going to let Matt Garza go longer on Sunday than the 80-pitch limit imposed in his first start. He went long enough to get mad. Welington Castillo hit a game-winning RBI double with two outs in the 10th inning Sunday to power the Cubs to a 5-4 victory over the Reds, and snap a six-game losing streak. A Beach Boys concert was planned for after the game. Garza provided the fireworks in the Cubs clubhouse.

There was some friction in the Cubs sixth as Johnny Cueto threw a ball over David DeJesus’ head. Cueto seemed to take exception to DeJesus stepping out of the batter’s box in the first. Home plate umpire Bob Davidson issued a warning to both benches. Garza took exception to Cueto’s actions.

“Cueto should learn, you don’t go after guy’s heads,” he said. “Don’t wake a sleeping dog. I think that’s kind of immature on his part and totally uncalled for. He’s lucky that retaliation isn’t in our vocabulary. You play each game like it’s a new one. That’s [nonsense] on his part — just total immaturity. If he has something to say about it, he knows where to find my locker and I’ll definitely find his.

“I took total disrespect out of that,” Garza said. “[DeJesus] has never done anything wrong, he just plays the game the right way. If Cueto has any problem, he can throw at me, and I’ll definitely return the favor. I didn’t like that one bit. We don’t retaliate. We take it game by game. Hopefully, he learns to grow the [heck] up. That’s totally uncalled for.”

Garza wanted to make sure Cueto got the message.

“I hope he hears this because I really don’t care,” Garza said. “If we want to retaliate, we could’ve and lost a bullpen guy but we don’t need that. We play the game the right way. We’ll take our lumps when we take them and hand them out when we hand them out. I think we responded well to the warning and just play the game well.”

There’s no history between Garza and Cueto.

“I just didn’t like what he did,” Garza said. “I don’t know what happened but the guy is an always down in the zone guy and he threw into the arm side away box and that takes effort. As a pitcher, that takes a lot of effort. I don’t know what the deal is between him and [DeJesus], but he needs to cut it out because I’ll stop it. I’ll stop it. And that’s just the way it goes. He wants to do it like that, so be it.”

Garza said his message could be a warning or nonsense — he wasn’t sure how Cueto would take it.

“If the game was played that way, I don’t like it like that,” Garza said. “You don’t go intently and try to injure somebody. Hopefully the league looks at that. I don’t want him to get suspended or anything. I just want him to learn a lesson. Hopefully, his players will warn him. It is what it is, they run their own show. We’ll see him again down the line.”

Davidson told Cubs manager Dale Sveum that he didn’t feel Cueto was trying to hit DeJesus, but was just miffed at how long the outfielder took in the box.

“I think he was just goofing around throwing up over his head,” Sveum said. “I said, ‘Why don’t you throw him out of the game then?’ [Davidson] said he knew [Cueto] wasn’t trying to hit him.

“It probably woke us up as much as anything,” Sveum said. “It woke our dugout up.”

Back to the game. With the game tied at 4 and two outs in the 10th against J.J. Hoover, Scott Hairston walked. Castillo then lined the ball into the left field corner to score Hairston.

— Carrie Muskat

5/26 DeJesus: We have to keep working

Cubs players gave each other a little pep talk during a recent team meeting on this road trip. The topic? Be patient at the plate, work the count, have good at-bats.

“The team came together and we had a little meeting about our approaches at the plate,” David DeJesus said. “We just have to stay with [the approach] and trust it. If one at-bat goes bad, don’t just throw it away — just keep going. It’s going to work in your favor. Just keep trusting it.”

The season hasn’t gone the way the Cubs expected, and the players talked about that, too.

“We’re saying, ‘It’s a long year, we have plenty of games left, but we have to keep battling and can’t give up just because we have a couple bad outcomes,'” DeJesus said. “We can’t throw away what we’ve worked on since Spring Training. You have to go up there and have the same approach every at-bat,” he said. “You can’t just go up there swinging. We have to keep working and keep understanding.”

— Carrie Muskat

5/23 Cubs help tornado victims

* Double-A Tennessee will join outfielder Ty Wright in his efforts to raise funds for the victims. The Smokies will hold several events throughout the current homestand with proceeds going to the American Red Cross relief efforts for the Oklahoma tornado victims.

“After watching the coverage of the tornado, it was tragic to see,” Wright said. “I played baseball for Oklahoma State for four years and Oklahoma is like a second home to me.”

The Smokies will donate $10 for every hit they collect during their current five-game series. On Saturday, the Smokies will hold a memorabilia auction on the concourse, featuring signed memorabilia from the team, the Cubs, and other Minor and Major League teams with 100 percent of those proceeds going to disaster relief and the Red Cross. Former Smokies Darwin Barney, Andrew Cashner and Tyler Colvin have all pledged to donate items to the auction.

The Smokies will present the American Red Cross a check, on Wright’s behalf, prior to Monday’s game.

* Cubs outfielder David DeJesus announced a “mystery ball” event on Wednesday at Wrigley Field to raise money for victims of the Oklahoma tornadoes. Tickets are $40 per ball, and all proceeds will go to the families affected by the deadly storm. The Cubs play host to the White Sox in an Interleague game that day.

* Triple-A Iowa also is chipping in. The Iowa Cubs front office and a group of the players’ wives and girlfriends will hold a memorabilia auction on Friday during the game against the Oklahoma City RedHawks, and all proceeds will be donated to the Oklahoma City Red Cross.Fans will have a chance to bid on autographed jerseys, baseballs, bats, and various other equipment in the concourse at Principal Park in Des Moines. The silent auction will start when the gates open at 5:35 p.m. CT, and run into the middle of Friday’s game.

— Carrie Muskat

5/23 Cubs stats can be “mind boggling”

The Cubs are wasting good starting pitching and Dale Sveum said he may abandon his lineup platoon against left-handed starters to try and shake things up. Entering Thursday’s game, Chicago starters had posted 28 quality starts this season and had a 1.98 ERA in those games, yet the pitchers had won only 11 of those contests; the team has won 16 total.

“It’s mind boggling,” Sveum said. “Some of the stats we have are really strange. To have this good stating pitching and be nine games under .500 and have a run differential of five — there are certain things you can’t explain other than just not being able to put games away. Hitting with men in scoring position, getting that run in, getting that big inning here or there, we’re just snake bit on that and not getting that stuff done.”

The Cubs are batting .214 with runners in scoring position, lowest in the NL. Only the Mariners are worse at .206.

“It’s just understanding that the pitcher is on the ropes, not you, and I think that’s our biggest problem in those situations,” Sveum said. “We’re letting [the pitchers] dictate the at-bat and we’re not dictating those at-bats.”

Sveum has been platooning batters, and sitting left-handed hitting David DeJesus and Nate Schierholtz against southpaw starters, but said Thursday he may change that approach.

“We talk about hundreds of things when things aren’t going well,” Sveum said of his options. “The fact of the matter is we’re pitching well — we’ve had a few hiccups in the bullpen — and we’re catching the ball and hitting, but not scoring runs.”

— Carrie Muskat

5/15 Post-game notes

* Anthony Rizzo picked up his 20th extra-base hit of the season with a double in the first. He is batting .392 since April 26 with nine doubles, three home runs, 16 RBIs.

* Jeff Samardzija picked up his first win since Opening Day, ending a five-game losing streak. His two-run homer was the first by a Cubs pitcher since Travis Wood did so Aug. 28 against the Brewers.

* David DeJesus notched his 500th career RBIs with his first inning home run.

* The Cubs have 24 doubles in the last six games, and lead the Majors with 92 doubles.

* Darwin Barney made a great defensive play in the fourth when he snared Carlos Gonzalez’s hard hit ball up the middle and threw in time to first.

“The one thing you do with Barney on defense is you don’t worry about it,” Dale Sveum said. “He’s either going to make a great play, and he never messes up any routine plays, even the pivot around second base.”

* Matt Garza makes a Minor League rehab start Thursday for Triple-A Iowa.

“It’s only going to get better when we get him back here,” Samardzija said. “Obviously, we want him to be healthy and that’s the most important thing.”

— Carrie Muskat

5/15 Cubs 6, Rockies 3

Check the standings. The Cubs are no longer in last place in the NL Central.

Jeff Samardzija smacked a two-run home run and struck out seven over eight innings to pick up his first win since April 1 and lead the Cubs to a 6-3 victory over the Rockies at Wrigley Field. David DeJesus hit a leadoff homer in the first to help the Cubs take the series and back Samardzija, who raised his season strikeout total to 64, which ranks among the top five in the National League.

Samardzija needed a win. This is the right-hander’s second full season as a starter, and he’s still going through some growing pains.

“He used the whole four corners of the plate,” Dale Sveum said. “He pitched up, he pitched in, he pitched away, used his slider, used his split, used a lot of cutters tonight. He used his whole repertoire tonight. He knew what he was doing tonight; he was pitching.”

Samardzija got off to a good start, needing just nine pitches to get through the first. He got some more help from DeJesus, who opened the Chicago half with his fifth home run and 14th career leadoff homer. The Rockies tied the game in the second but Samardzija answered in the Cubs half. With two outs, Darwin Barney doubled and Samardzija launched the first pitch from Jon Garland into the left-field bleachers for his second career home run and a 3-1 lead.

“That was huge at that time,” Sveum said. “For him to come through and pick us up like that was huge.”

Said Garland: “He’s a good athlete, a pretty good player. It was a cutter out over the plate. It was the first pitch and I was trying to get it over the plate. He was looking off-speed and got it.”

Samardzija’s other home run was Sept. 23, 2009, against the Brewers.

“I need to slow down around the bases and enjoy it a little bit,” Samardzija said of his fast-paced trot. “It doesn’t happen too often. We work a lot on hitting. [Pitching coach Chris] Bosio has us out there hitting every day in the cages. In the National League, it’s an important at-bat. There in the sixth when I got that bunt down, those are important plays in the game and we ended up putting up a three-spot. You can’t accept the out as a pitcher.”

The Cubs added three more runs in the seventh. They’ve now won back to back series for the first time this season.

“We’re playing great baseball and not shooting ourselves in the foot and we’re just looking to keep it going, keep the momentum going that we’ve built up in the last couple weeks,” Samardzija said. “It’s exciting now, it’s exciting in the locker room and fun to play with these guys.”

— Carrie Muskat

4/23 Extra bases

* David DeJesus’ leadoff home run Monday was the 13th of his career.

* Starlin Castro singled in the third to extend his hitting streak to 14 games, tops in the Major Leagues and matching his career high.

* Carlos Marmol threw two scoreless innings, and now has six straight scoreless outings dating to April 8.

* Luis Valbuena has hit safely in nine of his last 13 games.

* Cubs starting pitchers rank third in the NL with a 3.11 ERA, but they have a 3-10 record. The relievers rank 12th in the NL with a 4.86 ERA. The team is batting .147 with runners in scoring position.

* Matt Garza will make a Minor League rehab start Wednesday for Double-A Tennessee, weather permitting.

* Ian Stewart was 1-for-3 with two RBIs Monday for Triple-A Iowa, and now is 2-for-20 in six games.

* On Tuesday, Carlos Villanueva faces Tony Cingrani at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati.

— Carrie Muskat