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6/24 Cubs lineup

Jake Arrieta gets the start Tuesday night when the Cubs face the Reds in the second game of a three-game series. Here’s the lineup:

Coghlan LF
Lake CF
Rizzo 1B
Castro SS
Schierholtz RF
Castillo C
Olt 3B
Barney 2B
Arrieta P

* Jake Arrieta, has posted a 1.98 ERA (11 ER/50 IP) in nine starts since making his season debut, May 3. The 1.98 ERA in that stretch is third-best in the NL and fifth in the Majors. Arrieta began the season on the disabled list with right shoulder tightness.

He has gone at least six innings while giving up one or no runs in each of his last three starts since June 8. Arrieta is 2-0 with a 0.73 ERA (2 ER/24 2/3 IP) in four June starts, walking five and striking out 29.

* Tonight, the Cubs hope to snap an 0-for-18 skid with runners in scoring position dating to the fourth inning of Friday’s game vs. the Pirates. The most recent hit with RISP was Starlin Castro’s two-run homer in the third inning Friday.

6/8 Marlins 4, Cubs 3

The Cubs’ streak is over, but they leave Wrigley Field feeling pretty good about themselves. Garrett Jones hit a game-tying sacrifice fly in the eighth, and the go-ahead run scored on a wild pitch to lift the Marlins to a 4-3 win Sunday over the Cubs, snapping their winning streak at five games. Chicago was vying for its first six-game winning streak since May 26-June 1, 2008.

“The energy is at a pretty high level right now,” Cubs starter Jake Arrieta said. “It’s kind of a contagious thing. Once we get rolling and get a few in a row, it just kind of breeds confidence with everybody in the clubhouse. That’s kind of what we need moving forward to be able to carry over some of that momentum to the following day and the following series.

“Even though we lost this one today, I think we go to Pittsburgh on a high note based on how well we’ve played in all facets of the game,” Arrieta said. “It’s been a lot of fun to watch.”

* Arrieta gave up three hits over six scoreless innings, and was lifted after throwing 93 pitches. He struck out seven.

* Emilio Bonifacio had three hits, and has hit safely in nine of his last 10 games at Wrigley Field.

* Nate Schierholtz hit a two-run triple in the sixth.

* Luis Valbuena has 14 doubles in 53 games after hitting 15 in 108 games last year.

* Justin Grimm made his team-leading 31st relief appearance of the season. He’s held opponents scoreless in 24 of them.

* Next up: Cubs travel to Pittsburgh for a four-game series against the Pirates. Here are the pitching matchups:

Monday: Edwin Jackson (4-5, 4.59) vs. RHP Charlie Morton (2-7, 3.31)
Tuesday: LHP Travis Wood (5-5, 5.04) vs. LHP Francisco Liriano (1-6, 4.54)
Wednesday: RHP Jason Hammel (6-3, 2.53) vs. RHP Brandon Cumpton (1-2, 6.51)
Thursday: RHP Jeff Samardzija (2-5, 2.54) vs. RHP Edinson Volquez (3-5, 4.27)

– Carrie Muskat

6/8 Cubs lineup

Jake Arrieta gets the start on Sunday in the Cubs’ series finale against the Marlins. Here’s the lineup:

Bonifacio 2B
Lake CF
Rizzo 1B
Castro SS
Valbuena 3B
Schierholtz RF
Coghlan LF
Baker C
Arrieta P

6/3 Cubs lineup

The Cubs open a three-game series against the Mets Tuesday night at Wrigley Field. Jake Arrieta makes the start. Welington Castillo is not in the starting lineup. He came out of Sunday’s game with some soreness in his back. I’ll get more info after we talk to manager Rick Renteria. Also, expect a roster move to make room for Hector Rondon, back from paternity leave.

Here’s the lineup:

Bonifacio 2B
Lake CF
Rizzo 1B
Castro SS
Valbuena 3B
Schierholtz RF
Coghlan LF
Baker C
Arrieta P

6/1 Looking ahead: Cubs vs. Mets

After an off day Monday, the Cubs return to Wrigley Field and open a six-game homestand, beginning with the Mets Tuesday night. Here are the pitching matchups:

Tuesday: RHP Jake Arrieta (1-1, 3.20) vs. RHP Zack Wheeler (2-5, 4.31)
Wednesday: RHP Edwin Jackson (3-5, 4.81) vs. RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka (2-0, 2.54)
Thursday: LHP Travis Wood (5-5, 5.15) vs. RHP Jacob deGrom (0-2, 2.42)

5/27 Cubs lineup

Jake Arrieta starts Tuesday night against the Giants. Justin Ruggiano is in the lineup for the Cubs, his first game action since being activated from the disabled list on Monday. Ruggiano will start in left in place of Junior Lake, who was 5-for-19 on the current road trip. Here’s the lineup:

Bonifacio CF
Ruggiano LF
Rizzo 1B
Castro SS
Valbuena 2B
Castillo C
Schierholtz RF
Olt 3B
Arrieta P

5/22 Cubs lineup

The Cubs open a four-game series in San Diego Thursday night, sending Jake Arrieta to the mound. Here’s the lineup:

Bonifacio CF
Lake LF
Rizzo 1B
Castro SS
Olt 3B
Castillo C
Schierholtz RF
Barney 2B
Arrieta P

5/21 Looking ahead: Cubs vs. Padres

After Wednesday’s game, the Cubs head west to play a four-game series against the Padres. Here are the pitching matchups:

Thursday: RHP Jake Arrieta (0-0, 2.70) vs. LHP Eric Stults (2-4, 4.50)
Friday: RHP Edwin Jackson (3-3, 3.98) vs. LHP Robbie Erlin (3-4, 4.53)
Saturday: LHP Travis Wood (4-4, 4.61) vs. TBD
Sunday: RHP Jason Hammel (5-2, 2.91) vs. RHP Ian Kennedy (2-6, 3.79)

5/16 Extra bases

An MRI revealed Cubs reliever Zac Rosscup has some inflammation in his left shoulder but no structural damage, and he will resume his throwing program in a week or so. Rosscup was placed on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday with left shoulder soreness, and examined on Thursday by team orthopedic specialist Dr. Stephen Gryzlo.

“I was feeling some discomfort in my shoulder area so I tried to rehab it a little bit and do some preventative work,” Rosscup said Friday. “It wasn’t going away so I figured it was best to get it looked at. It’s nothing serious. They saw some inflammation and a little bit of fluid, nothing too serious. I should be down for a week or so and then start cranking it up again.”

* The Cubs are skipping Jake Arrieta in the rotation to keep Jason Hammel and Jeff Samardzija on schedule and also give Arrieta some time to work on his mechanics. Arrieta has made three starts since coming off the disabled list, and been limited to about 80 pitches each time.

He started on Tuesday in St. Louis and is scheduled to open the Cubs’ series at San Diego on Thursday, and will have a couple side sessions before that when he can try to correct his delivery. Arrieta said he was “too rotational.”

* Pedro Strop, on the disabled list since May 7 with a left groin strain, expected to go to the Cubs’ facility in Mesa, Ariz., early next week to continue his rehab. There is no timetable for his return.

* Jose Veras needed just five pitches to get two outs in the sixth on Thursday in his first game back after missing time with a strained left oblique. Veras began the season as the Cubs closer but for now, manager Rick Renteria said they will continue to ease the right-hander into games.

“We’ll chip away and let him have success and continue to work,” Renteria said.

– Carrie Muskat

Cardinals 4, Cubs 3 (12 innings)

The boxscore will say the Cubs lost Tuesday’s game in the 12th inning but it was actually decided much earlier. Pinch-hitter Greg Garcia was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded and one out in the 12th to force in the winning run and lift the Cardinals to a 4-3 victory over the Cubs, evening the four-game series.

Grimm should’ve never pitched, but he and other Cubs relievers were pressed into duty because starter Jake Arrieta lasted just four innings, throwing 82 pitches, 42 for strikes. That’s not a very effective ball/strike ratio.

“They weren’t squaring many balls up,” Arrieta said of the Cardinals. “That being said, I need to stay on the offensive side of pitching more than I did tonight. It’s frustrating. It’s frustrating right there, having to wear the guys out in the bullpen.”

The walks are “not acceptable,” he said. The Cubs are carrying eight relievers, and they’ve needed all of them.

“Today, we were trying to stay away with quite a few of the guys and we ended up using quite a few of them anyways,” said manager Rick Renteria, battling a nagging cold aggravated by the cool weather. “[Carlos Villanueva] tried to get us through and we couldn’t really mix and match too much. At the end, some of the guys were called into duty.”

The Cubs had a chance in the top of the 12th when Valbuena doubled off Seth Maness with two outs and Anthony Rizzo was intentionally walked. But Maness got Starlin Castro to ground out to end the inning.

Arrieta now has thrown 82, 81 and 82 pitches in his three starts. The Cubs don’t want any setbacks for the right-hander, who was slowed this spring because of tightness in his shoulder.

“We’re still very mindful of him coming off his rehab,” Renteria said. “We’re still very mindful of how many pitches and how efficient he is. It’s one of those things where we didn’t want him to get in too much trouble and have to work through and drive his pitch count too high, so he had an early exit.”

With the loss, the Cubs now are 2-8 in one-run games, and 1-5 in extra-inning contests.

– Carrie Muskat

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