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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

5/8 Cubs lineup

The Cubs close the intracity Interleague series against the White Sox on Thursday, sending Jake Arrieta to the mound. Emilio Bonifacio is not in the lineup; he’s 4-for-23 in his last six games after a .309 April. Here’s the lineup:

Kalish CF
Valbuena 2B
Rizzo 1B
Castro SS
Schierholtz RF
Castillo C
Coghlan DH
Olt 3B
Lake LF

Arrieta P

5/3 Cubs 3, Cardinals 0

Junior Lake and Anthony Rizzo helped Jake Arrieta celebrate his Opening Day on Saturday. Lake hit a two-run homer with two outs in the sixth and Rizzo added a solo shot in the eighth to lift the Cubs to a 3-0 victory over the Cardinals and their first series win of the season. Chicago now has won three games in a row for the first time since last July 26-28.

“That’s three in a row and two in this series against two good starters,” Arrieta said of beating the Cardinals’ Adam Wainwright on Friday and Michael Wacha on Saturday. “But we have good guys, too. We have some guys who can compete at that level and put up some good performances.”

It’s the Cubs’ first series win since they took two of three against the Reds last Sept. 9-11.

“It feels good — it just feels good to win a ballgame,” Cubs manager Rick Renteria said.

Reliever Brian Schlitter picked up his first Major League win, and received the traditional beer shower as a reward. He took over for Arrieta, who was making his first start of the year after being slowed this spring because of tightness in his right shoulder. On Saturday, the right-hander struck out seven over 5 1/3 innings, and was pulled after throwing 82 pitches.

* Rizzo now has homered in three straight games for the first time in his career.

* Lake is 6-for-13 against the Cardinals this season.

* Starlin Castro is batting .429 in seven games since moving to the No. 4 spot.

– Carrie Muskat

5/3 Cubs lineup

Jake Arrieta makes his first start of the season on Saturday in the Cubs’ second game against the Cardinals. Here’s the lineup:

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

5/3 Roster moves

The Cubs made a few roster moves on Saturday. They placed outfielder Ryan Sweeney on the 15-day disabled list with a moderate strain of his right hamstring and purchased the contract of outfielder Chris Coghlan from Triple-A Iowa. Kyuji Fujikawa was transferred to the 60-day disabled list to make room on the 40-man roster for Coghlan. Also, pitcher Jake Arrieta was activated from the DL and lefty Zac Rosscup optioned to Iowa. Arrieta is starting on Saturday.

4/30 Cubs lineup and more

Hopefully, it stays dry for the Cubs and Reds as they wrap their rain-shortened series tonight at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati. Here’s the lineup:

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

* The Cubs are 8-17 this month; they were 10-16 in the first month last year.

* Jason Hammel’s four April victories are the most for a Cubs pitcher since both Ryan Dempster and Carlos Zambrano had four apiece in the first month of 2008. The last Cubs hurler to have more victories in April was Greg Maddux (five in 2006).

* Cubs hurlers enter Wednesday’s game with a 3.78 ERA (95 ER/226 1/3 IP). Cubs pitchers had a 3.78 ERA (97 ER/231 IP) through April of last season.

* Chicago’s batters have hit .231 (197-for-851) thus far, four points lower than their .235 average (208-for-885) in April of last season.

* In case you missed it, Cubs manager Rick Renteria was ejected Tuesday night less than three minutes after the Cubs and Reds resumed play following the third rain delay. Renteria was unhappy with home plate umpire Alan Porter regarding his calls during Joey Votto’s at-bat against the Cubs’ Zac Rosscup.

“He tossed me because you can’t question balls and strikes, obviously,” Renteria said. “And that’s what I was doing.”

* Looking ahead to the Cubs’ series against the Cardinals, here are the pitching matchups:

Friday, 1:20 p.m. CT: LHP Travis Wood (1-3, 3.52) vs. RHP Adam Wainwright (5-1, 1.20)
Saturday, 12:05 p.m. CT: RHP Jake Arrieta (0-0, 0.00) vs. RHP Michael Wacha (2-2, 2.48)
Sunday, 7:05 p.m. CT: RHP Jason Hammel (4-1, 2.08) vs. RHP Lance Lynn (4-1, 3.60)

– Carrie Muskat

4/28 Arrieta to face Cardinals – UPDATED

Reports out of Cincinnati are that Jake Arrieta will return to the Cubs rotation. He was scheduled to start Wednesday but because of Monday’s rainout, the right-hander now will start against the Cardinals this weekend. Arrieta was slowed this spring because of tightness in his right shoulder. He threw 44 pitches over two innings on Saturday for Double-A Tennessee. He’ll replace Carlos Villanueva in the rotation, and Villanueva will switch to the bullpen. The corresponding roster move will be made when needed.

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