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9/7 Cubs lineup

Junior Lake hit his first career grand slam on Friday, but he’s not in the starting lineup on Saturday as the Cubs play the Brewers in the second game of the three-game series. Jake Arrieta makes the start, his sixth overall and fifth at Wrigley Field. Here’s the lineup against Brewers right-hander Johnny Hellweg:

Castro SS
Barney 2B
Rizzo 1B
Schierholtz RF
Sweeney CF
Bogusevic LF
Valbuena 3B
Castillo C
Arrieta P

9/1 Cubs 7, Phillies 1

Welington Castillo smacked a two-run double and Anthony Rizzo added a RBI double to back Jake Arrieta and lead the Cubs to a 7-1 victory over the Phillies and take the series at Wrigley Field. After a dismal 8-20 August, the Cubs were happy to turn the calendar. They have now won back to back games at home for the first time since winning three straight, July 6-9. Arrieta gave up three hits over 6 2/3 innings in his fifth start for Chicago.

The Cubs added three players Sunday when Major League rosters could expand, including Ryan Sweeney and Luis Valbuena, who were activated from the disabled list. Sweeney delivered in his first-bat, hitting a RBI single with two outs in the first off Kyle Kendrick, who needed 31 pitches to get through the inning. Anthony Rizzo hit a RBI double in the third, his 34th. and Castillo connected in the fourth.

James Russell pitched in relief, his 70th appearance this year. He’s the fifth Cubs lefty to record multiple 70-game seasons for the Cubs.

The Cubs won their first home series since July 5-7.

– Carrie Muskat

9/1 Cubs lineup

Ryan Sweeney is activated from the DL and in the lineup Sunday for the Cubs in the series finale against the Phillies. Here’s the lineup:

Castro SS
Barney 2B
Rizzo 1B
Schierholtz RF
Sweeney CF
Murphy 3B
Bogusevic LF
Castillo C
Arrieta P

8/28 Looking ahead …

The Cubs play host to the Phillies and Ryne Sandberg this weekend at Wrigley Field. Here are the pitching matchups:

Friday: RHP Jeff Samardzija (8-11, 4.03) vs. RHP Roy Halladay (3-4, 7.81)
Saturday: LHP Chris Rusin (2-3, 2.64) vs. LHP Cliff Lee (11-6, 3.07)
Sunday: RHP Jake Arrieta (1-1, 4.50) vs. RHP Kyle Kendrick (10-11, 4.40)

8/26 Dodgers 6, Cubs 2

The Cubs couldn’t skip Zack Greinke on Monday. Greinke hit a RBI single in the fourth and held the Cubs to five hits over 8 2/3 innings, and Hanley Ramirez and Yasiel Puig each hit solo home runs to lead the Dodgers to a 6-2 victory for their 47th win in the last 59 games. The Cubs have now lost eight straight to the Dodgers. How good is Greinke? He struck out nine, and improved to 5-0 in five starts this month.

Jake Arrieta took the loss in his fourth start for the Cubs. The right-hander had faced the Dodgers April 21 in Baltimore while with the Orioles, giving up five runs on two hits and five walks over four innings. That was a different Dodger lineup, without Puig, who joined the team in June, or Ramirez, who was injured. Puig wasn’t the problem Monday for Arrieta; walks were. With one out in the Dodgers’ fourth, A.J. Ellis walked on four pitches, and one out later, Nick Punto walked on five to set up Greinke’s RBI single. Carl Crawford followed with a ground-rule double that bounced over the left field fence to open a 2-0 lead.

Arrieta walked Mark Ellis to open the sixth and he scored on Punto’s double. Arrieta was pulled, and Punto moved up on Greinke’s sacrifice against Carlos Villanueva and scored on Crawford’s sacrifice fly.

Ramirez connected on his 14th homer with one out in the seventh against Villanueva, and Puig added his 13th with two outs in the eighth off Michael Bowden.

Rizzo doubled with two outs in the ninth, Greinke hit Nate Schierholtz with a pitch, and Brian Bogusevic then drove both in with a double to chase the Dodgers starter.

– Carrie Muskat

8/24 Looking ahead …

After the Cubs complete their series against the Padres on Sunday, they head north up I-5 to Los Angeles to face the red-hot Dodgers. Here are the pitching matchups:

Monday: RHP Jake Arrieta (1-0, 3.71) vs. RHP Zack Greinke (12-3,2.91)
Tuesday: LHP Travis Wood (7-10, 3.22) vs. LHP Clayton Kershaw (13-7, 1.72)
Wednesday: RHP Edwin Jackson (7-13, 5.00) vs. RHP Ricky Nolasco (10-9, 3.42)

8/18 Cubs vs Nationals

After the Cardinals leave town, the Cubs finish the homestand with four games against the Nationals. Here are the pitching matchups:

Monday: RHP Jeff Samardzija (6-11, 4.29) vs. RHP Jordan Zimmermann (14-6, 3.02)
Tuesday: LHP Chris Rusin (2-2, 3.06) vs. RHP Dan Haren (7-11, 4.82)
Wednesday: RHP Jake Arrieta (1-0, 0.69) vs. RHP Ross Ohlendorf (2-0, 1.85)
Thursday: LHP Travis Wood (7-10, 3.13) vs. RHP Stephen Strasburg (6-9, 2.93)

8/16 Cubs 7, Cardinals 0

Jake Arrieta struck out seven over seven scoreless innings and drove in a run Friday and Nate Schierholtz knocked in three runs to lift the Cubs to a 7-0 victory over the Cardinals and even their season series at 7. This was Arrieta’s second start with the Cubs and 65th in the Major Leagues. Acquired July 2 from the Orioles in the Scott Feldman deal, he had started the second game of a July 30 doubleheader against the Brewers, and gave up one run on two hits over six innings. Before that game, the right-hander said he wasn’t going back to the Minor Leagues but he did, and made two more starts for Triple-A Iowa. Now, the Cubs want to see what Arrieta can do in the final six weeks of the season. The Orioles’ Opening Day starter in 2012, he gave up an infield single by Carlos Beltran in the second that Arrieta knocked down, and a ground rule double by Carlos Beltran with one out in the seventh, and that was it.

Jake Westbrook walked the first three Cubs batters in the first, and Schierholtz followed with a two-run single. After Welington Castillo grounded into a double play, Donnie Murphy hit a RBI single for a 3-0 lead. In the fifth, Schierholtz added a sacrifice fly. Murphy was hit by a pitch to start the sixth, and one out later, scored on Darwin Barney’s double. Barney eventually scored on Arrieta’s sacrifice for his second career RBIs, and 25th by a Cubs pitcher, tops in the National League.

The Cardinals, who lead the NL Wild Card standings, may have been a little weary after a tough series against the Pirates, which included two extra inning games, both St. Louis wins. Westbrook was pulled after throwing 124 pitches over 6 2/3 innings.

– Carrie Muskat

8/16 Cubs vs. Cardinals

The Cubs have scuffled vs. the NL Central this year, compiling an 18-35 record prior to Friday’s game against the Cardinals. They’ve also won more games against the Redbirds than any other team in the division, posting a 6-7 record so far.

“Every game right now is meaningful, it doesn’t matter who you’re playing,” Dale Sveum said. “A weekend series with the Cardinals is great for the fans, great for us. We have pulled out some games and played pretty well against them and a lot better than some of the other teams in our division. They’re one of the better elite teams in the game and you have to be your best to beat them.”

Here are the pitching matchups:

Friday: RHP Jake Arrieta (0-0, 1.50) vs. RHP Jake Westbrook (7-7, 4.11)
Saturday: LHP Travis Wood (7-9, 3.00) vs. RHP Joe Kelly (3-3, 3.14)
Sunday: RHP Edwin Jackson (7-12, 5.05) vs. RHP Adam Wainwright (13-7, 2.71)

– Carrie Muskat

8/16 Cubs lineup

Jake Arrieta makes his second start for the Cubs on Friday in the series opener against the Cardinals. Here’s the lineup:

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

* The Cubs have been shut out in four of their last five home games dating to Aug. 3, and were blanked in two of three games vs. the Reds.

* Chicago is batting .183 (30-for-164) in its last five home games with a .230 on-base percentage and a .105 average (2-for-19) with runners in scoring position. The Cubs batted .255 (138-for-541) with a .320 on-base percentage in their previous 16 home games from June 23-Aug. 2.

* The Cubs have used 50 players this seaosn, most in the Majors, but they’ve relied on eight starting pitchers. That’s tied for second-fewest in the Majors with the Diamondbacks and Reds. The Rockies, Brewers and Pirates have used 11 starting pitchers each.

– Carrie Muskat

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