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7/20 Minor matters – Saturday’s games

Chris Valaika, Eli Whiteside and Logan Watkins each homered in Iowa’s 5-4 win over Round Rock. All three home runs came in the second inning. Javier Baez added a two-run double. Eric Jokisch started, and gave up three earned runs over four innings. Chris Rusin gets the start Sunday.

Emilio Bonifacio committed an error in the fourth that allowed a run to score in Tennessee’s 1-0 loss to Huntsville in the first game of a doubleheader. Pierce Johnson took the loss, giving up four hits and two walks over five innings. Elliot Soto had two hits. In the second game, Stephen Bruno had two of the Smokies’ three hits in a 5-0 loss. Eduardo Figueroa gave up four runs over 3 1/3 innings.

Tayler Scott gave up four runs over five innings in Daytona’s 5-3 loss to Fort Myers. Gioskar Amaya, Albert Almora and Jordan Hankins each hit doubles, and Hankins finished with two RBIs.

Trey Martin had two hits and one RBIs in Kane County’s 4-2 loss to Great Lakes. Paul Blackburn took the loss, giving up four runs over six innings.

Jesse Hodges had three hits, including his fifth home run, and a triple, plus one RBIs in Boise’s 12-9 win over Salem-Keizer. Hodges is batting .282. Ben Wells got the win, giving up two runs over five innings. Mark Zagunis added two doubles.

Mesa held on for a 5-4 win over the Brewers. Eloy Jimenez had two RBIs, and Varonex Cuevas had two hits and two walks.

7/18 Roster moves/rehab assignments

In case you missed it, the Cubs made some roster moves:

* Emilio Bonifacio has joined Double-A Tennessee on a rehab assignment. Bonifacio, 29, was batting .261 with 10 doubles, three triples, one homer and 17 RBIs in 61 games before he suffered a strained oblique.

* Kyle Schwarber was promoted from Class A Kane County to high A Daytona. Schwarber hit safely in 15 of the 23 games he played with the Cougars, batting .361 with four home runs and 15 RBIs. He was a catcher, played left and was the designated hitter.

* Kyuji Fujikawa has joined Class A Kane County on a rehab assignment. He’s been rehabbing in Mesa since undergoing Tommy John surgery on his right elbow in June 2013.

6/14 Cubs lineup and more

Edwin Jackson gets the start today as the Cubs face the Phillies in the second game of their three-game series. Here’s the lineup:

Lake CF
Ruggiano LF
Rizzo 1B
Castro SS
Valbuena 2B
Schierholtz RF
Olt 3B
Whiteside C
Jackson P

* Zac Rosscup was activated from the disabled list and optioned to Triple-A Iowa.

* The Cubs announced Emilio Bonifacio has a right oblique strain, and there is no timetable for his return. Bonifacio was injured on a swing Thursday in Pittsburgh.

* Hector Rondon has some tenderness in his right elbow. The Cubs were going to evaluate Rondon on Saturday.

4/9 Hot start

Emilio Bonifacio has not only provided a much needed spark for the Cubs offense but he’s made it very easy for manager Rick Renteria to fill out his lineup card. David DeJesus was the Cubs’ main leadoff man last season until he was traded. Others to bat No. 1 in 2013 included Starlin Castro, Luis Valbuena, Dave Sappelt, Junior Lake, Darwin Barney, and Julio Borbon. Bonifacio has led off all seven Cubs games this season, and provided stability at that spot.

“If you can have a leadoff guy who you can slot in, it’s really big,” Renteria said. “We’ve had a couple guys who have done it in the past — Starlin has done it, and Junior has done it. ‘Boni’ might profile more as a typical leadoff guy.”

Bonifacio is on a record-setting pace. According to Elias, he is the first big league player in the modern era (since 1900) to record games with one hit, two hits, three hits, four hits and five hits all within the team’s first seven contests of a season. Bonifacio‘s 17 hits are the most by any Cubs player in the team’s first seven games of a season in the last 100 years since 1914, according to STATS Inc.

– 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

4/3 Cubs 3, Pirates 2

The Cubs apparently play better on less sleep. Mike Olt hit his first Major League home run to help Jason Hammel win his Cubs debut and post a 3-2 victory Thursday over the Pirates, giving Chicago manager Rick Renteria his first victory.

There was no beer shower or champagne bottle waiting for Renteria but he was soaked because of the rain that started late in the game and drenched his lineup card and game notes.

“I was hoping the water would cleanse me a little bit,” he said.

The win came after the Cubs opened with two extra-innings losses, including Wednesday’s 16-inning marathon that ended shortly after 1 a.m. ET Thursday. It was a quick turnaround for the 12:35 p.m. start in the series finale.

Hammel wanted to finish the game. The right-hander, who signed a one-year, $6 million deal in February, days before pitchers and catchers reported, held the Pirates to two hits over 6 2/3 innings, striking out five. The Cubs bullpen was short-handed because of the extra innings the night before.

“I was pretty surprised the way I was moving through the game,” Hammel said. “I wanted to complete it and take it as far as I could have.”

Emilio Bonifacio can apparently fall out of bed and hit. He led off the game with a single, his 10th hit in his 13th at-bat, then stole second, and two outs later, scored on Anthony Rizzo’s single.

“He’s on fire and hopefully he continues,” Renteria said of Bonifacio, now 11-for-16 for the season. “We’re seeing a lot of guys have good at-bats. We had some balls hit well. We’re on the right track.”

Bonifacio remembers a hot streak like this when he played for the Marlins in 2009.

“I’m just swinging at strikes,” he said. “That’s the main difference.”

Bonifacio doubled to open the third, and scored one batter later when Justin Ruggiano grounded into a double play. When Bonifacio grounded out in the fifth, the crowd of 11,418 at PNC Park cheered. Finally.

“I was laughing — it was funny,” Bonifacio said. “That’s part of the game.”

Olt, who hoped to continue his spring comeback story this season, made it 2-0 with a leadoff home run in the second off Wandy Rodriguez, hitting an opposite-field shot to right for his first big league homer. He showed exactly what the Cubs — and most likely the Rangers — were hoping for. Chicago acquired the third baseman last July; he’d struggled with vision problems which apparently have cleared up.

“That ball, down and away, to hit it the other way with some power, it shows you the kind of thump he has in his stick,” Renteria said of Olt.

“It’s not that I go out there trying for [home runs],” Olt said, “but it was nice to get the first hit out of the way and that it happened to be a home run makes it a little sweeter.”

Now, the Cubs head home 1-2.

“We didn’t want to go home 0-3,” Bonifacio said. “We just played two really good games. This win was really important for us.”

Friday will be the Cubs’ home opener. Renteria has yet to see his office at Wrigley Field.

“I didn’t think it was going to be such a relief [to get the win] but it’s quite a relief, quite honestly,” Renteria said.

– Carrie Muskat

3/4 Cubs lineup vs A’s

The Cubs play host to the Athletics at Cubs Park in Mesa today with the game scheduled to start at 1:05 p.m. MT. You can listen to Len Kasper and Mick Gillispie on a webcast on Kyle Hendricks, the Cubs’ Minor League pitcher of the year last year, gets the start. Emilio Bonifacio starts at shortstop in Day 2 without Starlin Castro, sidelined with a mild strain of his right hamstring. Here’s the lineup:

Bonifacio SS
Murphy 3B
Rizzo 1B
Ruggiano LF
Sweeney CF
Wells RF
Schierholtz DH
Barney 2B
Whiteside C

Hendricks P

3/3 Castro out 7-10 days

Starlin Castro will be sidelined seven to 10 days because of a mild right hamstring strain that should not hinder the shortstop from being ready for the regular season, Cubs manager Rick Renteria said Monday.

“From what we gathered, it’s similar to what happened to him last year at this time,” Renteria said of Castro’s injury, suffered in the first inning Sunday when he tried to steal second. “It’s seven to 10 days and we’re just being cautious with him. It shouldn’t set him back for the regular season.”

Castro was sidelined for two weeks last spring with a sore left hamstring. After Sunday’s game, he said the injury suffered on Sunday was “not too bad like last year” and that the team removed him as a precautionary measure. A year ago, Castro could barely walk after he was hurt.

“This doesn’t seem to be anything like last year to the degree that it was,” Renteria said. “He’s walking around pretty good now.”

The Cubs will give Emilio Bonifacio and Darwin Barney more starts at shortstop while Castro heals and also look at top prospect Javier Baez. They also have infielders Arismendy Alcantara and Jeudy Valdez in camp.

“What it allows us to do is see other guys at that position and recognize if Barney can go over there and [Bonifacio],” Renteria said. “It’ll give guys playing time.”

Castro spent more time this offseason on conditioning and reported to camp in good shape. The Cubs sent strength coach Tim Buss to the Dominican Republic for three weeks to work with the shortstop, who also spent four weeks at a training facility in Bradenton, Fla. Castro is coming off a season in which he batted a career-low .245.

– Carrie Muskat

2/15 Cubs sign Bonifacio – UPDATED

The Cubs have signed infielder/outfielder Emilio Bonifacio, and he will join the team as a non-roster invitee. Bonifacio, 28, split last season between the Blue Jays and Royals, batting .243 for the season. He batted .285 with Kansas City. A switch-hitter, he has played for the Diamondbacks, Nationals, Marlins as well, compiling a career .262 average.

He began last season as the Blue Jays Opening Day second baseman but switched to the outfield to create an opening for Maicer Izturis. Last Aug. 14, he was dealt to the Royals, the fourth time he’s been traded. On Feb. 1, he was designated for assignment to open a roster spot for the Royals, then was released on Feb. 12.

He would bring some speed to the Cubs. Bonifacio swiped 40 bases in 2011, 30 in 2012, and 28 last season combined.

– Carrie Muskat


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