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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.

4/27 Extra bases

* For the first time this season and 10th time in his career, Ryan Kalish was the leadoff man.

“He has the ability and the history coming up as being a guy who can work the count,” Cubs manager Rick Renteria said Sunday about having Kalish lead off. “I thought it was an appropriate substitution.”

Renteria wanted to give Emilio Bonifacio a day off and preferred keeping Junior Lake in the No. 2 spot, so Kalish got the assignment. Does it make a difference?

“The only difference is you see the first pitch of the game — that’s it,” Kalish said. “It’s all standard from there.

“I will say about the leadoff position is that being out there, it’s important to have a good idea of the strike zone, especially early,” he said. “I’m not saying you can’t be aggressive early, because that’s cool, too. You want to make sure you have control of the zone and show that we’re going to do that today.”

* Jake Arrieta, who made his fifth Minor League rehab start on Saturday, will join the Cubs in Cincinnati on Monday. When the right-hander returns to the rotation is still to be determined. Arrieta was slowed this spring by tightness in his right shoulder. On Saturday, he threw 44 pitches over two innings for Double-A Tennessee, which was a short outing because it’s the equivalent of the last Spring Training start for pitchers.

“Jake did a nice job yesterday,” Renteria said. “He worked through it healthy and we’ll see where he’s at once we put our eyes on him.”

Carlos Villanueva is 1-3 with a 10.19 ERA in four starts, and scheduled to pitch Wednesday in the series finale against the Reds. It’s unlikely Arrieta would be activated and take Villanueva’s spot, pitching on four days rest, but Renteria said no decision would be made until he and pitching coach Chris Bosio get a chance to see the right-hander.

* Nate Schierholtz started on Sunday against Milwaukee’s Wily Peralta even though the Cubs outfielder is 0-for-14 in his career against the pitcher.

“He doesn’t like being out of the lineup,” Renteria said. “I thought, let me give Nate another day. He’s a pretty strong man and he’s prepared on a daily basis to come out and perform. We wanted to give [Ryan] Sweeney a day and keep him off his feet a little bit. Schierholtz is a pretty resilient individual and I think he’ll work his way out of it.”

Schierholtz is scuffling against right-handers, and entered Sunday’s game 10-for-59 (.169) against righties.

– Carrie Muskat

4/26 Arrieta update

Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta may have made his last Minor League rehab start. On Saturday, Arrieta threw 44 pitches over two innings for Double-A Tennessee, in his fifth Minor League outing. This was the equivalent of a starting pitcher’s last Spring Training start, and was intended to be shorter.

The right-hander, who was slowed this spring because of tightness in his shoulder, gave up two runs (one earned) on two hits and one walk over two innings and struck out two.

As of now, Carlos Villanueva is scheduled to start Wednesday for the Cubs against the Reds. The Cubs want to see how Arrieta feels after Saturday’s outing before deciding whether he’s ready to join the big league team or needs more rehab time.

4/22 Extra bases

* Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta will likely make one more Minor League rehab start before he’s ready to rejoin the big league team. Arrieta, slowed this spring by tightness in his right shoulder, made his fourth rehab start on Monday for Class A Daytona and threw 94 pitches over 5 2/3 innings.

“I felt really good,” he said Tuesday at Wrigley Field. “I was uncomfortable throughout the first couple [innings] but settled in nicely as things went on and started to feel like I knew how to get some of those guys out. I got to 94 pitches and that was where the mark was and I feel really good today.”

The last outing of Spring Training for starting pitchers is usually a shorter one, and that’s where Arrieta is in his progression. With Arrieta still needing time to rehab, Carlos Villanueva will stay in the rotation, manager Rick Renteria said.

* Jose Veras had a long side session with bullpen coach Lester Strode on Tuesday as the Cubs try to get the right-hander back on track to resume his role as the closer.

“He needs to pitch,” manager Rick Renteria said of Veras. “He wants to get back out there on the hill and throw. We’ll do everything we can to get him some work.”

One of the problems with Veras may be that he isn’t warming up well, which is why Strode was working with the right-hander.

“I’m sure we haven’t seen the very best of him,” Renteria said of Veras. “We do want to get him back and we’ll do everything we can to put him in the game and get him to throw.”

* Theo Epstein supported Renteria’s decision to call a team meeting after last Friday’s game.

“It’s a matter of striking the right balance between keeping an even keel and also being attentive when our standards slip in certain areas,” Epstein said. “It’s always a tricky balance but Ricky has a good feel for the pulse of the team and isn’t afraid to address things as they come up.”

Epstein and Renteria know they have to be careful as to when they time the sessions.

“You can’t call meetings after every frustrating game or series,” Epstein said. “It’s a matter of striking the right balance.”

* Cubs prospect Jorge Soler, sidelined with a sore right hamstring, is rehabbing at the team’s complex in Mesa, Ariz., and doing some baseball activities. However, Soler is not ready to play in games in extended Spring Training. Soler appeared in one game for Double-A Tennessee and hit a double, then had to leave the game because of the hamstring injury. The Cubs will take their time to avoid having Soler aggravate the injury.

– Carrie Muskat

4/21 Jake Arrieta update

As of now, Carlos Villanueva stays in the Cubs rotation but Jake Arrieta is getting close to returning to the big league team. Arrieta, who was slowed this spring with tightness in his right shoulder, made his fourth Minor League rehab start on Monday, pitching for Class A Daytona. He gave up five runs — three earned — on five hits, including three homers, over 5 2/3 innings for Daytona against Clearwater. Arrieta struck out seven, including the last two batters he faced in the sixth.

He has made three starts for Double-A Tennessee but the Cubs wanted Arrieta pitching in warm weather and to go about 100 pitches on Monday. Will a start at Class A be enough to prep Arrieta for the big leagues?

“I think the intensity level that everybody has when they’re down on rehabs, everybody’s different,” Cubs manager Rick Renteria said. “Some guys don’t think about it too much and just focus on what they’re doing. Some guys see it as kind of being lax because it’s a different arena.

“In his case, he’s a guy who goes out there and knows he has to command and stay clean in his delivery and hit his spots,” Renteria said. “It might be a little different for pitchers than position players.”

Renteria said they don’t know if Arrieta will need another rehab start after Monday until they see how he responds from the outing. The right-hander most likely will make one more Minor League start before he’s activated.

Villanueva is 1-2 with a 10.66 ERA in three starts, and will go to the bullpen when Arrieta returns.

– Carrie Muskat


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