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9/19 Cubs lineup vs Kershaw

Arismendy Alcantara is back, Edwin Jackson is on the mound, and manager Rick Renteria has loaded up the lineup with right-handed hitters against Clayton Kershaw, who aims for his 20th win Friday. It’s Cubs vs. Dodgers. Here’s the lineup:

Alcantara CF
Baez 2B
Rizzo 1B
Soler RF
Castillo C
Olt 3B
Valaika SS
Lake LF
Jackson P

9/16 Extra bases

* Anthony Rizzo did not start Tuesday as part of the Cubs’ plan to ease him back into games while Arismendy Alcantara was sidelined with a sore right wrist injured when he crashed into the outfield wall Monday night. Alcantara’s status was day to day.

Rizzo, who had been sidelined since Aug. 26 because of a low back strain, made his first start in 18 games on Monday night
and hit a walk-off home run in the ninth. The Cubs had considered having Rizzo only play seven innings Monday since it was his first game action in 18 games, but went ahead and had him stay for nine. It worked.

“I would say I plan on giving him every other day [off] and will increase his playing time to two days in a row, maybe three,” Cubs manager Rick Renteria said. “I have to let it play itself out first.”

* Alcantara had an MRI on his right wrist and was wearing a brace on Tuesday. He slammed into the brick wall in right center catching Kristopher Negron’s ball in the eighth inning. The Reds had a runner on and two out, and there was no score in the game.

“Somebody was saying somebody forgot to tell him there’s a brick wall behind the ivy,” Renteria said of Alcantara. “That’s a game-saving play. He gave tremendous effort, [ran a] great line, very smooth, explosive action and got to it and was able to make the catch.”

It was an exceptional play for Alcantara who has primarily played in the infield.

“His immersion into center field was a pretty easy transition, in terms of chasing balls down, reading balls off the bat,” Renteria said. “He’s continued to learn where to throw the ball, how aggressive to be with certain plays. He’s continued to improve. That’s a testament to him because he’s taken on a lot.”

* Edwin Jackson, sidelined with a strained right lat, will make his first start since Aug. 20 on Friday when the Cubs play host to the Dodgers at Wrigley Field. Jackson threw an extended side session as a tune-up. Rookie Eric Jokisch will be available to piggyback because Jackson was not expected to go deep in the game.

– Carrie Muskat

8/31 Cubs notes: Rizzo, Jackson and more

The Cubs hope first baseman Anthony Rizzo can return to the lineup Monday after missing five days because of tightness in his lower back. Rizzo has not played since he was pulled from last Tuesday’s game in Cincinnati when his back tightned up during a rain delay.

“He’s still day to day,” Cubs manager Rick Renteria said Sunday. “He came in [Saturday] and wanted to play. We have to make sure we’re prudent and playing this smart. We’ll give him another day and when we get back, we’ll see how he’s doing.”

* Edwin Jackson threw a light bullpen session on Saturday, and the Cubs are continuing to monitor the right-hander’s progress. Jackson has been on the disabled list since Aug. 21 with a right lat strain.

“We’ll continue to monitor and see how he’s doing,” Renteria said. “We haven’t set any hard dates. We’ll see how he progresses and continue to make adjustments.”

* The Cubs have yet to sort out their six-man rotation. Felix Doubront, who picked up the win in his first start with the Cubs on Saturday, will be inserted into the mix for the final month. The Cubs have an off day Thursday, and have yet to announce who will start a three-game series against the Pirates, which opens on Friday at Wrigley Field.

* The Cubs will likely add one relief pitcher on Monday when rosters expand, then call up a few more players once Triple-A Iowa’s season is over. Iowa failed to make the playoffs, and will play its last regular season game Monday against Oklahoma City.

* It isn’t often that a visiting player catches a ceremonial first pitch, but Cubs hitting coach Bill Mueller did just that on Sunday. Mueller was behind the plate to catch a pitch from retiring DeSmet high school coach Greg Vitello. Vitello was Mueller’s coach, and is retiring after 35 years as the baseball coach.

– Carrie Muskat

8/21 Jackson: “I still have a lot of upside”

Edwin Jackson says he could no longer pitch through the discomfort, and on Thursday, the Cubs pitcher was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a right lat strain. It’s been a struggle this season for the right-hander, who lasted 2 2/3 innings on Wednesday against the Giants, giving up seven runs, to tall to 6-14 with a 6.09 ERA. He led the National League in losses last year, and was on pace to do so again.

“It’s been the last few starts and something I’ve tried to work through,” Jackson said Thursday. “I figured it was in the best interest of myself and the team as well to try not to fight through it any more before something major happens. It’s one of those things that you try to work through and it didn’t work out for me.”

Jackson ended the 2013 season with a similar injury, and was pulled from his final start against the Cardinals on Sept. 28 after 2 2/3 innings to end the year, 8-18 with a 4.98 ERA. Those aren’t exactly the type of numbers the Cubs envisioned when the signed him to a four-year, $52 million contract in December 2012. Jackson has two years remaining on that deal.

“I don’t think I’ve proven to the fans or the organization of Chicago what I can do, what I’m capable of doing,” Jackson said. “I still think I have a lot of upside and a lot to bring to the table. I just haven’t proved it.

“At the end of the day, you have to go out and do it on the field,” he said. “Regardless of what anyone says about confidence … I haven’t lost any confidence. When I take the field, I feel like I’m the best pitcher on the field and it just hasn’t shown. I feel I have a lot to prove to the organization and I still have a lot to prove to the fans of Chicago and I feel I owe them a lot being paid a lucrative contract. I still owe a lot to the team.”

Jackson said the injury will not force him to miss the rest of the season but there is no timetable for his return. He will simply take it day to day.

“He’s not a guy who complains,” manager Rick Renteria said. “I think he just tried to push his way through it. That’s him, that’s his makeup. Obviously, it’s just prudent for him not to keep pushing through it and we’ll make adjustments.”

Jackson’s next start was scheduled for Tuesday against the Reds, but who will start that game is still to be determined. Among the candidates are Jacob Turner or Dan Straily.

– Carrie Muskat

8/21 Roster moves

The Cubs placed shortstop Starlin Castro on the bereavement list and recalled Logan Watkins from Triple-A iowa. They also placed pitcher Edwin Jackson on the 15-day disabled list with a right lat strain. Zac Rosscup was called up from Iowa. No word on who will step into Jackson’s spot in the rotation.

– Carrie Muskat

8/18 Cubs vs Giants

Kyle Hendricks gets the start Monday in the Cubs series finale against the Mets at Citi Field. Here are the pitching matchups for the upcoming homestand against the Giants:

Tuesday: LHP Tsuyoshi Wada (2-1, 3.15) vs. RHP Ryan Vogelsong (7-8,
Wednesday: RHP Edwin Jackson (6-13, 5.74) vs. RHP Jake Peavy (1-3,
Thursday: LHP Travis Wood (7-10, 4.86) vs. LHP Madison Bumgarner (13-9, 3.14)

8/14 Cubs lineup

Edwin Jackson gets the start Thursday as the Cubs close their four-game series against the Central Division leading Brewers. Here’s the lineup:

Coghlan LF
Baez 2B
Rizzo 1B
Castro SS
Valbuena 3B
Alcantara CF
Ruggiano RF
Castillo C
E. Jackson P

8/9 Cubs lineup

Edwin Jackson takes the mound Saturday in Game 2 of the Cubs’ three-game Interleague series against the Rays. Here’s the lineup:

Coghlan LF
Baez 2B
Rizzo 1B
Castro SS
Valbuena 3B
Alcantara CF
Ruggiano RF
Castillo C
Jackson P

7/29 Cubs 4, Rockies 3 (16 innings)

* Tuesday’s game lasted 6 hours, 27 minutes and marked the longest game by time in Cubs franchise history, breaking the 6:10 game, Aug. 17-18, 1982, vs. the Dodgers (21 innings).

* John Baker became the first Cubs position player to pitch in a game since Joe Mather did so Aug. 27, 2012, vs. Milwaukee. Baker is the first position player to earn a win since Baltimore’s Chris Davis did so, May 6, 2012, at Boston. The previous NL position player to earn a win was Philadelphia’s Wilson Valdez, May 25, 2011, against the Reds. According to Elias, Baker is the first Cubs position player ever to get the win as a pitcher in a game.

* Chicago’s bullpen tossed 12-scoreless innings, scattering just three hits while striking out 14.

* The Cubs improved to 5-6 in extra-inning games this season.

* Starlin Castro’s sac-fly RBI in the bottom of the 16th gave the Cubs their first walk-off win since July 11 vs. Atlanta.

* Anthony Rizzo has hit safely in 13 of his last 14 games, going 18-for-56 (.321). Rizzo is 15-for-43 (.349) with five home runs and nine RBI in 11 games since the All-Star break.

* Emilio Bonifacio went 4-for-7 and has hit safely in nine of his last 10 home games (.419/18-for-43). This was his fourth game with at least four hits. Bonifacio tied the game at 3-3 with a fourth-inning, two-run homer.

* Edwin Jackson did not get a decision. He gave up three runs on six hits while walking three and striking out four in four innings. It was the fifth time in 22 starts this season where he did not last at least five innings. In six July starts, Jackson went 0-3 with a 7.50 ERA (25 ER/30.0 IP). Opponents hit .328 (40-for-122).

7/29 Cubs lineup

Edwin Jackson gets the start Tuesday night when the Cubs play host to the Rockies in the second game of this four-game series. The Rockies are starting another lefty in Jorge De La Rosa (11-6, 4.19 ERA). Here’s the lineup:

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

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