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3/12 Extra bases

* Top prospect Javier Baez is projected as the starting shortstop at Triple-A Iowa but will get some playing time at second base in Cactus League games, beginning next week, Cubs manager Rick Renteria said Wednesday.

“We want to still be able to see him work and play at different positions,” Renteria said. “We still haven’t gotten him over at second base. We plan on doing it Monday or Tuesday. We’ll go from there, maybe working him at third.”

Baez has been working with infield coach Gary Jones at second and third.

* Jason Hammel and Eric Jokisch will face Minor Leaguers on Thursday, which is an off day for the Cubs, so they can stay on schedule. Hammel has made one Cactus League start last Saturday against the Reds, and gave up two hits over three innings. The right-hander admitted he had a few butterflies before the game, his first with the Cubs.

* Sunday’s Cubs game against the Indians in Mesa will be telecast on Comcast SportsNet and will be entirely commercial free. According to a Comcast spokesman, the broadcast will feature interviews and features on players and coaches. The broadcast will begin at 3 p.m. CT.

* The ninth Annual “Race to Wrigley” 5k will be held April 12 at Wrigley Field. Voted “Best 5k in the Midwest” in 2013 by Competitor magazine, last year’s event drew approximately 6,000 runners and raised more than $300,000 for Cubs Charities and the Ann & and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago.

The top fundraising team and individual fundraiser will receive tickets to the April 22 Cubs game against the Diamondbacks and be recognized in a pre-game ceremony. Anyone who raises more than $1,000 will have the opportunity to run a post-race victory lap around the ballpark’s warning track. For more information and to register, go to http://www.racetowrigley.com.

– Carrie Muskat

3/2 Cubs lineups Sunday and Monday – UPDATED

After an all-day rain on Saturday, it’s a beautiful day Sunday in Mesa, and the Cubs will play host to the Royals at Cubs Park. Here’s the lineup:

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

E. Jackson P

On Monday, the Cubs will play a “B” game against the Giants at Cubs Park in Mesa, starting at 10 a.m. MT. Jason Hammel will start that game. They were originally scheduled to play the Angels, but now will deal with the Giants. Here’s the lineup:

“B” Game vs. Angels
Alcantara 2B
Almora CF
Olt 1B
Bryant 3B
Kottaras C
Soler DH
Vitters LF
Szczur RF
Valdez SS

Hammel P

The rest of the Cubs will face the Brewers in Maryvale on Monday. Eric Jokisch gets the start. Here’s that lineup:

Vs. Brewers
Coghlan LF
Roberts 2B
Valbuena 3B
Lake CF
Baez SS
Cunningham DH
Baker C
Valaika 1B
McDonald RF

Jokisch P

As always, the lineups are subject to change.

– Carrie Muskat

9/8 Minor matters

Saturday’s games

Tennessee scored six runs in the eighth to beat Birmingham 9-2 and avoid elimination in Game 3 of the best of five Southern League North Division playoffs. Javier Baez hit a two-run homer in the first to back Eric Jokisch, who gave up two runs over 7 2/3 innings. John Andreoli had two doubles and two RBIs, and Matt Szczur had one RBIs. The two teams meet in Game 4 today.

Daytona needs one more win to claim the Florida State League Championship after beating Charlotte, 2-0, in Game 2. Ivan Pineyro threw seven shutout innings, giving up three hits and striking out seven. Pineyro struck out the first five batters he faced. Kris Bryant hit a double, Dan Vogelbach hit a RBI single in the first, and Chadd Krist had one RBIs. The two teams meet tonight for Game 3.

Boise will try to win its first Northwest League title since 2004 today in the Northwest League Championship Series. Jose Rosario was scheduled to start against Vancouver. The Hawks lead the best of three series, 2-0.

8/28 Minor matters

Tuesday’s games

Justin Grimm gave up one earned run over five innings in Iowa’s 7-6 win over Omaha. Luis Flores hit a solo home run and Edwin Maysonet had three RBIs. Dave Sappelt and Edgar Gonzalez each drove in a run.

Eric Jokisch gave up two hits over six scoreless innings in Tennessee’s 4-2 win over Mobile. Arismendy Alcantara hit a solo home run and Jonathan Mota had two hits. It was Jokisch’s fifth straight quality start.

Dustin Geiger and Chad Krist each hit home runs to help Daytona beat Dunedin, 6-4, in the completion of Monday’s game. In the second game, Kyler Burke threw five scoreless innings of relief to combine with two other pitchers on a seven-inning no-hitter and a 1-0 Daytona win. Kris Bryant hit a double, and has now hit safely in 1 of his first 12 games with Daytona.

Reggie Golden and Jeimer Candelario each hit home runs in Kane County’s 8-7 loss to Wisconsin. The Cougars committed six errors in the game. They’ve now lost 77 games, setting a franchise record for most losses. The old mark was 61-76 set in 1992.

Boise had the day off.

Ryan Sweeney was 2-for-5 with a double and one RBIs in his third rehab game as Mesa beat the Mariners, 8-3. Luis Valbuena went 2-for-3 with a double and one RBIs in his first rehab game. Mark Malave had two RBIs and two doubles.

8/23 Minor matters

Thursday’s games

Dave Sappelt hit his fourth home run but it wasn’t enough as Iowa lost, 4-3, to Memphis. Brad Nelson went 4-for-4 and Ty Wright delivered a pinch-hit RBI single.

Eric Jokisch gave up three earned runs over 7 2/3 innings in Tennessee’s 4-2 loss to Birmingham. Javier Baez singled and scored a run, and was batting .400 in 21 games this month. Arismendy Alcantara had a double and one RBI. Jokisch has a 2.15 ERA in his last four games, all quality starts.

Daytona’s doubleheader against Dunedin was postponed because of rain — what else is new? — and the teams will try to play two on either Aug. 26 or Aug. 28. They are already scheduled to play two on Aug. 27.

Trevor Gretzky was 4-for-4 in Kane County’s 4-0 loss to Beloit. Tayler Scott gets the start on Friday.

Boise rallied from a 9-1 deficit to beat Salem-Keizer, 16-11. The teams combined for 39 hits. Justin Marra hit two home runs, going 4-for-5 with four RBIs. Jacob Rogers had two hits, including a home run.

Trevor Stevens was 3-for-5 in Mesa’s 7-3 loss to the Royals.

8/18 Minor matters

Saturday’s games

Justin Grimm gave up three runs over seven innings in Iowa’s 3-0 loss to New Orleans. Ty Wright had two hits. Kyle Hendricks starts Sunday.

Eric Jokisch gave up three earned runs over 6 1/3 innings in Tennessee’s 6-4 loss to Chattanooga. Javier Baez hit a double and drove in a run, extending his hitting streak to seven games. Christian Villanueva had one RBIs and a double, his 38th, tops in the Southern League.

Ivan Pineyro gave up six runs over five innings in Daytona’s 10-2 loss to Brevard County. Kris Bryant had two hits and one RBIs, and has hit safely in five of six games with Daytona.

Michael Heesch gave up three runs over six innings in Kane County’s 7-6 win over Clinton. The Cougars rallied with three runs in the seventh. Rock Shoulders, Oliver Zapata and Giuseppe Papaccio each had two hits and one RBIs.

Michael Wagner gave up three runs over three innings in Boise’s 11-0 loss to Tri-City. Carlos Penalver had two hits and a stolen base.

Charcer Burks, Jeffrey Baez and Kevin Brown each had multi-hit games in Mesa’s 9-7 win over the Reds.

8/13 Minor matters

Monday’s games

Josh Vitters and Mike Olt each homered to help Iowa beat Sacramento, 2-1. Justin Grimm picked up the win, giving up one run over 5 1/3 innings. It was Vitters’ first game back from being on the disabled list. Edgar Gonzalez had two hits, including a double.

Javier Baez hit a game-tying solo home run in the sixth and Taylor Davis smacked a go-ahead RBI double in the seventh to lift Tennessee to a 3-2 win over Montgomery in the first game of a doubleheader. Christian Villanueva hit a three-run homer and Jonathan Mota added a two-run shot in the second game, a 9-4 Smokies win to complete the sweep. Jeff Antigua picked up the win in relief in the nightcap.

Ivan Pineyro gave up one run over six innings in Daytona’s 5-4 win over Tampa. Anthony Giansanti had two hits, including a double.

Dan Vogelbach had two hits to help Kane County snap a three-game losing streak and beat Cedar Rapids, 4-3. Reggie Golden and Rock Shoulders each drove in a run. Vogelbach was promoted to Daytona after the game.

Boise had Monday off, and will resume play Tuesday against Eugene. Third baseman Kris Bryant was promoted to Daytona on Monday, but prior to that, he was named the Northwest League Player of the Week. The Cubs’ No. 1 Draft pick was 9-for-17 with three doubles, a triple, a home run and five RBIs in five games.

Erick Leal threw five shutout innings in Mesa’s 7-0 win over the Mariners. Brian Bogusevic had one hit, a double, and one RBI in his fourth rehab game. Jeffrey Baez had three hits, including a double and a triple, and one RBIs. Jesse Hodges had two hits and one RBI.

8/12 Extra bases

* The Cubs will salute Hall of Famer Ernie Banks prior to Tuesday’s game against the Reds at Wrigley Field. Banks has been named a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Billy Williams, Banks’ teammate on the Cubs and a fellow Hall of Famer, will introduce Banks on Tuesday. The festivities were expected to begin around 6:50 p.m. CT. before the Cubs face the Reds at 7:05 p.m. CT.

No date has been set as to when Banks will receive the honor from President Barack Obama. The Medal of Freedom, established in 1963 by President John F. Kennedy, is the highest honor awarded to civilians in the United States.

* Scott Baker, rehabbing from Tommy John surgery, threw a bullpen on Monday and was expected to begin another rehab assignment starting Wednesday at Class A Daytona. The right-hander made three starts at low A Kane County, then one with Daytona, and weather interfered with his next outing. His longest start was 3 1/3 innings on July 29.

* Jorge Soler, sidelined with a stress fracture in his left tibia, was examined on Monday in Mesa, Ariz., and the test results were to be sent to the team’s medical staff in Chicago to gauge the progress the outfielder is making. Soler, who was playing for Class A Daytona, was injured in late June, and expected to be sidelined four to six weeks. The Cubs were hopeful he could return to action this season. Soler could play in the Arizona Fall League, which begins in early October. Soler, 21, was batting .281 with eight home runs, 13 doubles, one triple and 35 RBIs in 55 games with Daytona. He apparently fouled a ball off his left shin in Spring Training, and the injury flared up before the Florida State League All-Star Game.

* Cubs prospect Eric Jokisch, who threw a no-hitter on Aug. 6, has been named the Southern League Pitcher of the Week for the period of Aug. 5-11. It’s the second award this season for the Double-A Tennessee left-hander, who was named the Cubs Minor League Pitcher of the Month for April. Jokisch, 24, made history against Jacksonville with the Smokies’ first nine-inning no-hitter since Scot Elam in 1985. It was the first no-hitter since Mark Holliman tossed a seven-inning no-no in 2007. Jokisch lefty struck out eight and faced four batters over the minimum in a 10-0 win over the Suns.

* The Cubs’ game Sept. 7 against the Brewers has been changed to a 3:05 p.m. CT start time. It had originally been listed as a 12:05 p.m. CT start, but was adjusted at the request of national television, the team said. Friday’s and Saturday’s games against the Cardinals at Wrigley Field also will start at 3:05 p.m. CT.

The late afternoon games are tough because it’s an unusual time, and the shadows on Wrigley make it tricky for the players to see.

“The shadows and the sun in right field are horrendous and obviously, late in the game hitting, you better have the lead because it ain’t too easy hitting once those shadows come in,” Cubs manager Dale Sveum said.

– Carrie Muskat

8/7 Minor matters

Tuesday’s games

Edgar Gonzalez hit three home runs, and Darnell McDonald, Dave Sappelt and Mike Olt each hit one to lead Iowa to a 10-3 win over Tacoma. Gonzalez went 5-for-6 with four RBIs. It was the first three-homer game since Ian Stewart did so June 8 against Round Rock. Ty Wright reached base four times, collecting three hits. For Olt, it was his 12th home run of the season.

Eric Jokisch threw a no-hitter to help Tennessee beat Jacksonville, 10-0. Jokisch was making his first start since coming off the DL because of arm fatigue. He struck out eight and walked four, throwing 108 pitches. Javier Baez backed him up, going 4-for-6 with two doubles, three runs scored, three RBIs, a stolen base, and a hit-saving catch for the second out in the ninth. Rubi Silva had three hits and one RBIs.

Daytona had Tuesday off, and returns to action against Clearwater. Scott Baker is scheduled to start, his fifth rehab outing.

Oliver Zapata and Reggie Golden each homered to help Kane County beat Clinton, 6-2. Tayler Scott picked up the win, giving up two runs over five innings. Zapata finished with three RBIs.

The South beat the North, 8-7, in the Northwest League All-Star Game. Boise’s Jacob Rogers was the lone Hawks position player to get a hit. James Pugliese pitched two-thirds of an inning, and Tyler Bremer converted the save.

Kevin Brown and Wilfredo Petit each had two hits in Mesa’s 2-1 loss to the Dodgers.

8/7 Jokisch throws no-no

Eric Jokisch, activated from the disabled list earlier in the day, threw a no-hitter Tuesday night to lead Double-A Tennessee to a 10-0 victory over Jacksonville, ending the Suns’ 11-game winning streak. The lefty had been on the DL with arm fatigue but showed no signs of being tired when he threw 108 pitches in the first nine-inning no-no for the Smokies since Leo Estrella did so against Orlando in 2000. Mark Holliman threw the last no-no for Tennessee, but that was a seven-inning game in 2007.

Jokisch, 24, retired the first 10 batters he faced in order, striking out five, and walked Chris Gutierrez with one out in the fourth to lose a shot at a perfect game. The former Northwestern Wildcat cruised through the next two innings, retiring the side in order.

After working around two-out walks in the seventh and eighth innings, Jokisch entered the ninth having thrown 99 pitches. Suns center fielder Isaac Galloway lined out sharply to third baseman Christian Villanueva on the first pitch in the ninth. Shortstop Javier Baez saved the no-no when Gutierrez looped a soft blooper behind the second base bag, causing Baez to dive and catch the ball before it hit the ground.

Jokisch, an 11th round pick in 2010, walked Derek Dietrich with two outs before Pete Andrelczyk grounded into a 5-3 putout to end the game.

With the win, Jokisch is now 9-10 and lowered his ERA to 3.57.

The Smokies tallied in the first when Matt Szczur doubled and scored on Rubi Silva’s single. Baez followed with a RBI double, and Rafael Lopez delivered a RBI single to open a 3-0 lead. That was all Jokisch needed. Baez went 4-for-6 in the game with three RBIs with two doubles.

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