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* Top prospect Javier Baez was activated from Triple-A Iowa’s disabled list on Sunday and in the lineup as the designated hitter. Baez had not played since April 10. He injured his left ankle taking ground balls on April 11. In eight games, Baez was 4-for-26 with two home runs and 10 strikeouts.
* Anthony Rizzo entered Sunday’s game batting .464 at Wrigley Field, while teammate Starlin Castro was hitting .424 at home. They rank among the National League leaders in home batting average.
“Their two-strike approaches are pretty good,” Cubs manager Rick Renteria said of Rizzo and Castro. “‘Riz’ in particular with two strikes is choking up a little now and trying not to be so pull conscious and takes what they give him. It’s more of a mindset. You have to make an adjustment and as you improve as big league players, you know there are things you have to work on.
“He’s come to a conclusion that some of the things he’s doing are helping him,” Renteria said. “With offense, there are peaks and valleys to them, but so far, he’s had a consistent approach.”
* Renteria abandoned his usual lefty-righty platoon on Sunday, and has Mike Olt starting at third base against righty Homer Bailey.
“I’ve been trying over time with all the guys to give them some days when they go back to back,” Renteria said. “It gives them a better view and a little more comfortable. The reality is they’re going to face lefties and righties, and you’ve got to give them an opportunity to use some games back to back to get some kind of comfort.”
* The Cubs will celebrate Wrigley Field’s 100th anniversary on Wednesday. Sue Quigg, grand-niece of former Cubs owner Charles Weeghman, will throw the game’s ceremonial first pitch, and use the 100-year-old ball her grandmother Dessa Weeghman threw at a Chi-Feds game a century ago. The first 30,000 fans will receive replica Chi-Feds jerseys, and the first 10,000 fans will get a birthday cupcake.
– Carrie Muskat
Iowa’s game at Memphis was postponed because of rain. The two teams will play a makeup doubleheader on May 28.
Dustin Geiger and Rafael Lopez each homered in Tennessee’s 6-4 loss to Jackson. C.J. Edward started and gave up three runs over five innings, and struck out seven. Edwards served up the second homer of his young career in the second. He’s now given up two homers in 198 pro innings.
Daytona lost 1-0 to Dunedin. Felix Pena gave up one run on three hits over eight innings. It was his second career complete game.
Kane County’s game was postponed because of rain.
Logan Watkins drove in two runs in Iowa’s 8-4 loss to New Orleans. Carlos Pimentel took the loss, giving up seven runs over five innings on six hits and five walks. Chris Valaika had two hits.
Tennessee’s game versus Jackson was postponed because of rain, and the two teams will play a doubleheader on Thursday.
Daytona lost 10-3 to Dunedin, going 1-for-14 with runners in scoring position. Rock Shoulders hit a solo home run. Tim Saunders had three hits, including two doubles.
Kane County swept a doubleheader against Bowling Green, winning 2-0 in the first game, and 1-0 in the nightcap behind Paul Blackburn’s one-hitter. Jen-Ho Tseng threw 5 1/3 shutout innings in the first game, and Blackburn struck out six over six innings in the second.
* BAEZ Update:
Javier Baez said he was afraid he’d broken his ankle when he injured it during batting practice last Friday. He is currently on Iowa’s seven-day disabled list. It’s been tough for him to sit on the side.
“I don’t like being in the dugout and not playing and seeing what I can do,” Baez told the Des Moines Register.
IOWA: Matt Szczur hit a two-run homer in the seventh to help Iowa beat Memphis, 6-3, on Sunday. Luis Flores had two hits. Alberto Cabrera threw three scoreless innings in relief for the win.
Javier Baez, placed on the seven-day disabled list Sunday with a sprained left ankle, assured fans he’ll be OK. Baez posted: “I’ll be back soon people. Promise. RT” on his Twitter account.
TENNESSEE: Zeke DeVoss and Stephen Bruno hit back to back home runs to help Tennessee beat Chattanooga, 8-2. Matt Loosen picked up the win, giving up two runs on four hits and four walks over five innings. Wes Darvill was 3-for-3 with three RBI. Kris Bryant reached base three times and scored two runs.
DAYTONA: Bijan Rademacher had two hits and two RBIs in Daytona’s 7-3 loss to Tampa. Ben Wells took the loss, giving up two runs over four innings. Tim Saunders had two hits and one RBI.
KANE COUNTY: Top prospect Duane Underwood gave up one run on three hits over three innings in Kane County’s rain-shortened 6-1 win over Lake County. Underwood struck out five. Yasiel Balaguert had two hits and scored two runs.
* The addition of Blake Parker gives the Cubs another option for save situations, joining Pedro Strop, Hector Rondon and Justin Grimm. The Cubs are trying to fill in for Jose Veras, who will be used in a different role after his struggles in his first four games. Parker is the career saves leader at Iowa, and knows how hard it is to get the last three outs.
“It’s an unbelievably hard role, especially in the big leagues with the crowd involved and the umpires are a little bit tighter and the quality of the hitters is way better,” Parker said. “It’s the hardest job for a pitcher to get those last three outs. To just be able to come in and get outs is my thing, whether it’s the ninth or the sixth.”
The Cubs have seen two pitchers – Strop and Rondon – each record a save within the first 11 games of the season. Last April, the Cubs had three different pitchers record a save within the month of April for the first time since the save became an official MLB statistic in 1969.
“They give me various options,” Renteria said of Strop, Parker, Rondon and Grimm. “You still have to put them in situations where they feel comfortable.”
* The Cubs have two off days this week but will not tweak their rotation, which means Jeff Samardzija, Carlos Villanueva and Edwin Jackson will start next weekend against the Reds at Wrigley Field. Villanueva will stay in the rotation despite lasting three innings Saturday against the Cardinals.
* After an off day Monday, the Cubs play the Yankees in the first of eight Interleague series this season at Yankee Stadium. This will be the Cubs’ first-ever regular season games at the new Yankee Stadium, which will be the 122nd different ballpark in which the team will have played. After Tuesday, the Cubs will have played a regular-season game in every current Major League city and a game in every active ballpark.
“It was a little more traditional, and it was more of a pitcher’s ballpark,” Jose Veras said of the old Yankee Stadium. “The [new one] is a hitters ballpark now. It’s way different now.”
The Cubs did play the first two games in the history of new Yankee Stadium, however, when the teams met in exhibition action prior to 2009. The Yankees won both games.
* Top prospect Javier Baez was placed on the seven-day disabled list with Triple-A Iowa because of a sprained left ankle, injured while taking ground balls on Friday. Baez was 4-for-26 (.154) with two home runs in eight games this season.
* This weekend was manager Rick Renteria’s first exposure to the Cubs-Cardinals rivalry.
“I noticed, looking outside my hotel room, that there were a lot of people waiting to get into [Busch] stadium and that was early in the morning,” Renteria said. “It’s neat. I think the fan base here and in Chicago are unique. I like my fan base.”
– Carrie Muskat
* Javier Baez was placed on Iowa’s seven-day disabled list because of a sprained left ankle, suffered Friday while taking ground balls during batting practice. He was 4-for-26 with a double, two home runs and three RBIs in eight games so far.
* Outfielder Jae-Hoon Ha has been transferred to Tennessee from Triple-A Iowa. Ha has played for Tennessee in each of the last three seasons. In a corresponding move, infielder Giuseppe Papaccio has been transferred from Tennessee to Extended Spring Training. He was hitless in two pinch-hit appearances. Left-hander Austin Kirk has been transferred from High-A Daytona to Tennessee. In two relief outings for Daytona, Kirk gave up four earned runs over 4 1/3 innings. Right-handed reliever Frank Batista has been transferred to Extended Spring Training from Tennessee.
* Pitcher Duane Underwood has joined Kane County from the Cubs’ spring training complex in Arizona while pitcher Scott Frazier has been transferred to Arizona. Underwood is active and scheduled to start Sunday’s game. Underwood, a second round pick in 2012, went 3-4 with a 4.97 ERA at Short-A Boise in 2013. Underwood is one of three 19 year olds on the roster, joining fellow starting pitcher Jen-Ho Tseng and infielder Carlos Penalver.
Javier Baez hit his second homer of the season to back Kyle Hendricks and lead Iowa to a 5-1 win over Nashville on Thursday. Hendricks gave up five hits and walked one over seven innings, striking out five. Chris Valaika had two hits and two RBI, and Marr Szczur and Arismendy Alcantara each had two hits.
Jake Arrieta gave up three hits and walked two over 3 2/3 innings in a rehab start for Tennessee, which lost 1-0 to Chattanooga. Arrieta struck out four, and threw 66 pitches, 44 strikes.
Tayler Scott gave up eight runs — four earned — on 11 hits over three innings in Daytona’s 12-2 loss to Dunedin. Bijan Rademacher was 3-for-3.
Tyler Skulina gave up five runs over 5 2/3 innings and got the win in Kane County’s 7-5 victory over Fort Wayne. Skulina struck out six. Daniel Lockhart and Carlos Penalver combined to go 4-for-10 and scored five runs. Yasiel Balaguert had three RBI.
The development of Javier Baez continued this past weekend, and Theo Epstein said the team’s top prospect got an important lesson, thanks to his teammates. Baez was hitless in his first nine at-bats at Triple-A Iowa, and ejected from Saturday’s game after arguing a checked swing third strike call. He reportedly exchanged words and had an altercation in the dugout with teammate Eli Whiteside.
“He had a nice conversation with a teammate and that was a good thing,” Cubs manager Rick Renteria said Tuesday. “It’s a tremendously great learning experience.”
Baez ended his hitless streak in style Sunday with a pinch-hit home run in the seventh inning.
“I think it was a great development and experience for him,” Epstein said. “He started out not feeling real comfortable at the plate and he let it frustrate him and he showed it on the field. His teammates, they know how good he can be and how good a teammate he can be and they called him out on it.
“He responded just the right way and took it to heart and came back the next day with a pinch-hit home run,” Epstein said. “He’s hit the ball hard in five straight plate appearances. He’s taking the responsibility of being a good teammate and taking it to heart. Experiences like that will just help him get where he needs to be.”
– Carrie Muskat
* Chris Valaika hit a walk-off RBI single to lift Iowa to a 4-3 win over Memphis on Sunday. Iowa erased a 2-1 deficit when Javier Baez hit a pinch-hit home run in the seventh. It was his first Triple-A hit in 10 at-bats. Eric Jokisch started, and gave up two runs, none earned, on six hits over seven innings. Josh Vitters was 3-for-4.
The home run for Baez came one day after he was ejected for arguing balls and strikes. Baez’s frustration carried over into the dugout where he and catcher Eli Whiteside were involved in an altercation, according to the Des Moines Register.
“I was mad, he was mad, everybody was mad,” Baez told the Des Moines Register. “We argued a little. Nothing personal.”
Baez talked to Whiteside on Sunday, and patched things up. Baez is aware of the high expectations on him.
“I don’t really care about what other people think,” he told the Des Moines Register. “I’ll do my job and I’ll do the best I can for my teammates and for the team.”
* Dustin Geiger hit a solo home run in the ninth but it wasn’t enough as Tennessee lost 3-2 to Pensacola on Sunday. Geiger was 2-for-3. Ivan Pineyro started, and gave up two runs over four innings.
* Daytona was off on Sunday and scheduled to return to action Monday against Brevard County.
* Quad Cities scored five runs in the seventh to beat Kane County, 7-3. Juan Paniagua started and gave up two runs on three hits and four walks over four innings.
* Kyle Hendricks gave up six earned runs on seven hits over 4 2/3 innings in Iowa’s 11-1 loss to Memphis. Chris Coghlan was 2-for-4. Marcus Hatley struck out four over two innings of relief. Javier Baez was ejected in the third inning for arguing a checked swing third strike call.
“Javy probably should have gotten thrown out,” Iowa manager Marty Pevey told the Des Moines Register. “As soon as he throws his hands up in the air, you’re gone.”
Baez is hitless in his first nine at-bats and has struck out six times.
“He’s frustrated,” Pevey told the Des Moines Register. “There’s frustration there. Anybody that competes is going to react that way. He’s got to understand that all his teammates have his back and we understand.”
On Sunday, Baez delivered a pinch-hit home run in the seventh for Iowa.
* Jake Arrieta served up one run and took the loss in a Minor League rehab start for Tennessee. The Smokies lost, 5-0, in a game shortened because of rain. Arrieta gave up one run on one walk and struck out three. He threw 42 pitches, 28 strikes, and the run scored on a wild pitch in the third inning.
* Albert Almora was 5-for-6 to pace Daytona’s 21-hit attack in a 13-2 win over Brevard County. Every Daytona starter had at least one hit. Tayler Scott picked up the win, giving up two hits over seven shutout innings. Jeimer Candelario hit his first homer, a solo shot in the fourth.
* Tyler Skulina threw six shutout innings but did not get a decision in Kane County’s 2-1 loss to Quad Cities in the first game of a doubleheader. Kane County took the second game, 5-4, in 10 innings. Jake Hannemann and Daniel Canela each hit home runs in the second game.
Javier Baez and Kyle Hendricks, the Cubs’ 2013 Minor League player and pitcher of the year, are both on the Triple-A Iowa roster, announced Wednesday.
The roster features 10 players on the Cubs’ 40-man roster, 13 players with Major League experience, and 12 that have played with Iowa before.
Baez is the Cubs’ top prospect after hitting .282 (146-for-517) with 37 home runs and 111 RBI combined between high-A Daytona and Double-A Tennessee last year. He will be joined by fellow prospects Arismendy Alcantara and Christian Villanueva on the infield. Alcantara represented the Cubs in the All-Star Futures Game in New York last year. Villanueva led the Southern League in doubles, total bases, and extra-base hits last season.
Veterans Lars Anderson and Chris Valaika round out the infield. Both have big league experience. Anderson was up with the Red Sox for 30 games from 2010-12 and Valaika has played 55 games with the Reds (2010-11) and Marlins (2013).
Former top prospects Brett Jackson and Josh Vitters return to the patrol the outfield. They’ll be joined by Matt Szczur, who played at Tennessee last season, and veteran Chris Coghlan, who won the NL Rookie of the Year in 2009.
The Cubs will feature three left-handers in the starting rotation, including 2013 Pacific Coast League All-Star Chris Rusin who will get the start on Opening Day. It’s his second straight Opening Day start for Iowa. The rest of the rotation will be right-hander Carlos Pimentel, Hendricks, lefty Eric Jokisch, and lefty Tsuyoshi Wada. Pimentel signed with the Cubs as a Minor league free agent after seven seasons in the Rangers’ organization.
Hendricks combined to go 13-4 with a 2.00 ERA in 27 starts between Tennessee and Iowa last year, finishing seventh in minor league baseball in ERA. Jokisch, a product of Northwestern University in Chicago, pitched a no-hitter last year for Tennessee, and led all Cubs’ minor leaguers with 137 strikeouts in 160 2/3 innings.
Wada recorded 107 wins in 201 games over nine seasons with Fukuoka in his native Japan before coming to the United States and signing with the Orioles in 2012. He has pitched the last two seasons at Triple-A Norfolk.
The bullpen has six of the eight pitchers who appeared for Iowa in past seasons, including Blake Parker, Casey Coleman, Marcus Hatley, Marcos Mateo, Yoanner Negrin and Zac Rosscup. Eli Whiteside and Rafael Lopez will handle the catching duties.