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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

9/16 Cubs lineup

Anthony Rizzo, who came back after an 18-game break because of low back problems, was not in the lineup Tuesday night for the Cubs in Game 2 of their three-game series against the Reds. According to the Cubs, this was a planned off day to ease him back into games. Here’s the lineup:

Coghlan LF
Baez SS
Valbuena 3B
Soler RF
Castillo C
Valaika 1B
Watkins 2B
Szczur CF
Arrieta P

Rizzo and manager Rick Renteria did caution that they would take it easy with the first baseman, who played for the first time since Aug. 26 on Monday. Rizzo delivered a walk-off home run in the ninth in the 1-0 win over the Reds.

9/2 Cubs lineup

Jake Arrieta gets the start Tuesday night as the Cubs play host to the Brewers at Wrigley Field. Here’s the lineup:

Coghlan LF
Baez 2B
Castro SS
Valbuena 3B
Soler RF
Castillo C
Alcantara CF
Valaika 1B
Arrieta P

8/28 Reds 7, Cubs 2

* Jake Arrieta did not have his command, or ability to stop the Reds running game Thursday. Cincinnati collected six hits and drew four walks off Arrieta, and then stole six bases over four innings.

“I was bad at controlling the running game today,” Arrieta said. “That’s my fault, not giving Baker any opportunity to throw those guys out. Putting them in scoring position sets them up for some of those hits.”

Five of the Reds runs came with two outs, and he couldn’t get the strikeout in big situations when needed.

“Arrieta, we knew, was going to be very hard to score on,” Reds manager Bryan Price said. “So I felt we needed to create some scoring opportunities by running. He’s a little bit slower and more deliberate to the plate, and we were able to take advantage of that.”

Said manager Rick Renteria: “He just didn’t have his ‘Jake like’ command today.”

* With the loss, the Cubs are 20-34 against NL Central teams, and 5-11 against the Reds.

8/28 Cubs lineup

Jake Arrieta gets the start in the Cubs’ series finale against the Reds. No Anthony Rizzo. He’s still bothered by tightness in his lower back. Here’s the lineup:

Coghlan LF
Baez 2B
Castro SS
Valbuena 3B
Soler RF
Alcantara CF
Valaika 1B
Baker C
Arrieta P

8/22 Cubs lineup

Logan Watkins, called up Thursday from Triple-A Iowa, gets the start on Friday in the Cubs Interleague opener against the Orioles. It’ll be a big start for Jake Arrieta, who will be facing his former team for the first time. Here’s the lineup:

Alcantara CF
Baez SS
Rizzo 1B
Valbuena 3B
Coghlan LF
Sweeney RF
Watkins 2B
Baker C
Arrieta P

8/22 Arrieta vs. O’s

Jake Arrieta was drafted by the Orioles and came up through their system, and on Friday, he was scheduled to make his first start against them as the Cubs opened an Interleague series.

“It’ll be fun to face guys I played with for a long time,” Arrieta said. “I know they’re going to come out and compete as best as they possibly can and I’m sure they expect the same from me.”

Arrieta guessed that the last time he faced the Orioles hitters was in Spring Training scrimmages.

“I don’t know if there’s an edge or not,” he said. “I know if I execute pitches, I like my chances. If I make a lot of mistakes, their success will go up. I think it’s going to be a good one.”

This is the third series between the Cubs and Orioles, and second at Wrigley Field. Baltimore took two of three in Chicago June 24-26, 2008, after the Cubs went 2-1 at Camden Yards in June 2003.

– Carrie Muskat

8/21 Cubs vs Orioles

Looking ahead, the Cubs will play the Orioles at Wrigley Field in an Interleague series, starting Friday. Here are the pitching matchups:

Friday: RHP Jake Arrieta (6-4, 2.61) vs. RHP Kevin Gausman (7-4, 3.70)
Saturday: RHP Kyle Hendricks (5-1, 1.48) vs. RHP Bud Norris (11-7, 3.69)
Sunday: LHP Tsuyoshi Wada (2-1, 2.75) vs. RHP Miguel Gonzalez (6-6, 3.80)

8/18 Arrieta to finish season

Jake Arrieta missed the first month of the season because of tightness in his right shoulder and has been monitored all year, but the Cubs have no plans to shut down the right-hander before the regular season ends. Manager Rick Renteria said before Arrieta’s start on Sunday that they were keeping an eye on Arrieta, and wanted to clarify that they do that for all of the pitchers.

“There’s no plan in shutting Jake down,” Renteria said Monday. “That’s not something we’re considering. We’re not shutting him down. We’re not looking to shut him down, we haven’t talked about shutting him down.”

Arrieta has 13 quality starts this season, and threw seven shutout innings on Sunday in a 2-1 win over the Mets. After the game, he said he’d like to finish the season.

“I want to make every start that I have lined up throughout the end of September,” Arrieta said. “If something comes up, I guess that will be addressed. I’d love to stay in the mix and finish out on a high note.”

Arrieta struck out nine, and the first eight Ks ended on curveballs.

“Jake’s stuff is so good that days like [Sunday], the scouting report doesn’t even matter,” catcher John Baker said.

Most scouting reports have Arrieta throwing his curve about 15 percent of the time.

“He threw more [Sunday],” Baker said Monday. “Against the last batter he faced [Matt den Dekker], I kept calling curveballs so maybe we could strike him out and get a 10th strikeout.

“That’s how fun the game was — you’re trying to call the game to strike somebody out instead of trying to get them to put the ball in play on three pitches or less, which is how I usually call a game,” Baker said. “That breaking ball — it was like he was throwing Wiffle balls up there. I felt bad for the opposing hitters because that’s something you don’t usually see is somebody throwing an 82 mile an hour curveball that’s that big.”

Arrieta’s last strikeout in the sixth came on a fastball.

“He struck out [Daniel] Murphy looking on the fastball because we thought he was looking for a curveball at that point,” Baker said.

– Carrie Muskat

8/17 Cubs 2, Mets 1

* Jake Arrieta threw seven scoreless innings, giving up two hits and striking out nine in the Cubs’ win. Since June 3, he has given up more than three runs in one start, and compiled a 2.45 ERA in that stretch. What was working? His curve, which was his strikeout pitch on his first eight Ks.

* Starlin Castro hit a game-winning home run leading off the ninth. He has hit in 15 of his 16 games, and is batting .400 in that stretch. His home run was his first career go-ahead homer in the ninth or later.

“We’ve played a lot of extra inning games, and I just wanted to go out there and be aggressive,” Castro said.

He is now one homer shy of matching his career high of 14, set in 2012.

* Javier Baez drew two walks, his first since he was called up on Aug. 5.

* Matt Szczur made his Major League debut, pinch-running in the eighth. He grounded out in the ninth in his only plate appearance.

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