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9/21 Extra bases

* Jorge Soler did not start Sunday, but that was part of the Cubs’ plan to help the rookie outfielder stay healthy in his return from leg injuries. Soler was pulled from Saturday’s game after five innings because rain had made the playing field slippery and the Cubs didn’t want to risk injury.

“The guys were talking about how it was getting a little softer,” Cubs manager Rick Renteria said Sunday about the outfield. “For us, it was the right thing to do at that time [to pull Soler]. We have three [games] more against St. Louis, then a day off Thursday, and three more in Milwaukee, and he’ll finish off playing.”

Soler has played four, five days in a row, then gotten a breather in his comeback. He began the season with Double-A Tennessee, but suffered a leg injury after his first hit in his first game April 3. He went on the disabled list and returned in May, but needed to go on the DL again. After rehabbing in Mesa, he rejoined the Smokies in July, and batted .463 in 15 games before he was promoted to Triple-A.

* Renteria and GM Jed Hoyer are conducting exit interviews with players, and the discussion has turned to what the Cubs need for 2015. What’s on Renteria’s wish list?

“What we’d really like is to have a bunch of really good baserunners,” Renteria said Sunday. “One of the things we’re talking about is going into Spring Training and get some skill work done and a better of sense what we need to add.”

Isn’t base running instinctual?

“I’ve always thought that instincts are learned,” Renteria said. “If you take advantage of experiences, it teaches you something.”

* The Cubs have yet to finalize the rotation for the last series of the regular season next weekend in Milwaukee. Kyle Hendricks will start the season finale on Sept. 28. One of the options is to have Eric Jokisch start a game. He was 9-10 with a 3.58 ERA in 26 starts at Triple-A Iowa this season.

Looking ahead, the rotation for the three-game series against the Cardinals will be:

Monday: Travis Wood vs Adam Wainwright
Tuesday: Kyle Hendricks vs Shelby Miller
Wednesday: Jake Arrieta vs John Lackey

Wood and Arrieta will be making their final starts of the season.

– Carrie Muskat

9/21 Cubs lineup

Jacob Turner makes what is likely his last start of the season on Sunday as the Cubs close the series against the Dodgers. This will be the last day game at Wrigley Field this season. No Jorge Soler. He was pulled from Saturday’s game because of wet grounds, and not starting as part of his rehab program. Here is the lineup:

Coghlan LF
Baez SS
Rizzo 1B
Valbuena 3B
Castillo C
Alcantara CF
Valaika 2B
Szczur RF
Turner P

9/14 Soler, Rizzo updates

Jorge Soler was expected back in the lineup Monday when the Cubs opens their last homestand of the season but Anthony Rizzo was still questionable because of his low back strain. Soler, who was batting .356 in 12 games, missed the weekend series against the Pirates to be in Miami for the birth of his first child, a boy.

Rizzo has not played since his back tightened during a rain delay in the Aug. 26 game in Cincinnati. The Cubs had hoped the first baseman would return Monday against the Reds.

“That one I will reserve for [Monday],” Cubs manager Rick Renteria said. “We’re trying to get him out there running. I’d still look more ahead, and take anything sooner as a plus.”

The Cubs are taking a conservative approach with Rizzo, who was batting .278 and hit his 30th home run in his last game.

“I don’t want to put a date on [his return],” Renteria said. “Let’s hope that sometime in the coming week we’ll see something and go from there. If it happens to be much sooner than later, good for us.”

– Carrie Muskat

9/12 Cubs lineup

Jorge Soler will not be with the Cubs this weekend in Pittsburgh. He returned to Miami for the birth of his first child. Here is the lineup for Friday’s game against the Pirates:

Coghlan LF
Baez SS
Valbuena 3B
Castillo C
Kalish RF
Olt 1B
Alcantara CF
Watkins 2B
Wada P

9/3 Cubs 6, Brewers 2

* With a two-run double in the third, Jorge Soler has recorded at least one RBI in six of his first seven big league games (10 total RBI). Soler is the first Cub to hit safely in his first seven career games since Junior Lake, July 19-25, 2013, and is just the second Cub in franchise history to have 10 or more RBI in his first seven career games since Mandy Brooks had 12 from May 30-June 7, 1925. Soler is the first player since Joe Buzas (who played for the Yankees in 1945) to record at least one RBI and/or one extra-base hit in each of his first seven career games.

* Kyle Hendricks earned his fifth straight win, giving up two runs on a career-high nine hits while not walking or striking out a hitter in 5 2/3 innings. This was his third start in which he didn’t issue a walk. He is now 3-1 with a 1.59 ERA in four starts at Wrigley Field. Prior to Wednesday’s game, Hendricks was voted the NL Rookie of the Month for August after going 4-0 with a 1.69 ERA (7 ER/37 1/3 IP).

* Chris Valaika gave the Cubs a 2-1 lead with a second-inning, two-run home run. He’s hit two home runs in his last six games after hitting one in his first 21 contests this season.

* Luis Valbuena is batting .324 (12-for-37) with four home runs and six RBI in his last 10 games, while hitting safely in nine of those contests.

* Logan Watkins extended his hitting streak to four games and posted his third career multi-hit effort.

* Welington Castillo gave the Cubs a 5-1 lead with a RBI double in the third. So far, 14 of his 17 doubles have come at Wrigley.

* Javier Baez snapped a 0-for-13 hitless skid dating to Aug. 30 with a first-inning double to right-center field.

* The Cubs recorded their first home series sweep of at least three games against the Brewers since Aug. 23-25, 2004. The Cubs have now won a season high six-straight home games for the first time since June 29-July 15, 2002, vs. Houston (3-0) and Arizona (3-0).

9/1 Cubs 4, Brewers 2

* Welington Castillo had two hits, including a two-run home run, to snap an 0-for-9 stretch. His three RBI tied a season-high (also April 11 at St. Louis), and his 11 homers and 37 RBI are both career bests.

* Luis Valbuena hit a solo homer in the eighth, his fourth in his last seven games.

* In his Wrigley Field debut, Jorge Soler had two hits, both doubles. He is the third player in the last 100 years to record an extra-base hit in each of his first five career games and the first to do so since Will Middlebrooks of the Red Sox in 2012. Soler is the first NL hitter to turn the trick since Enos Slaughter with St. Louis in 1938.

* In his second start since joining the Cubs, Jacob Turner picked up th ewin. He tied a career high with seven strikeouts, and gave up five hits over 6 1/3 innings. It was his third quality start this year and first since May 24.

* Chris Coghlan had two hits, including a double in the third that was his 13th extra-base since Aug. 1. He has 19 doubles since the start of July after tallying just three between May and June.

* Starlin Castro had two hits, and has hit safely in all eight games since returning from the bereavement list, Aug. 26, including four multi-hit efforts.

* The Cubs and Brewers combined for six double-plays (four by Milwaukee).

* Logan Watkins delivered a pinch-hit single in the seventh. In six pinch-hit opportunities, Watkins has three singles.

* Hector Rondon pitched a scoreless ninth to record his ninth-consecutive save and 23rd overall.

9/1 Cubs lineup

Anthony Rizzo missed his sixth straight day Monday, and was not in the Cubs lineup for the series opener against the Brewers. Here’s the lineup for Jorge Soler’s home debut:

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

8/31 Extra bases

* According to Elias, Jorge Soler is the first player in Major League history, since the RBI was invented in 1920, to record an extra base hit and an RBI in each of his first four Major League games.

* Travis Wood is the third left-handed pitcher to start for the Cubs, closing the series Sunday against the Cardinals. It’s the first time they’ve had three consecutive left-handed starting pitchers since Rich Hill, Sean Marshall and Ted Lilly started Aug. 17-18 and August 20, 2007. The Cubs have not started four straight lefties since 1966 (Ken Holtzman, Dave Dowling, Curt Simmons and Dick Ellsworth).

* The Cubs are 16-13 heading into the last day of August, guaranteeing the first .500 or better record this calendar month since going 16-13 in August 2011. The Cubs have reached 17 wins in August just once in the last 20 years (20-8 in 2008).

* Kyle Hendricks leads all NL rookies with four wins and a 1.69 ERA this month. He is one of only three unbeaten NL starters at 4-0 this month (Jeff Locke and Jordan Zimmermann).

* Javier Baez has seven home runs in August, trailing only Miami’s Giancarlo Stanton (eight) for most in the NL this month.

* Hector Rondon has eight saves this month, tied for most in the NL.

* Starlin Castro’s .379 batting average is fourth-best in the NL.

* The Cubs pitching staff have given up four hits or less in seven games in August for the first time in a calendar month since May 2002. The Cubs have only twice in the last 100 years recorded eight games with allowing four hits or less within a calendar month: July 1976 and May 1952.

8/30 Cubs lineup Game 2

Jorge Soler is back in the Cubs lineup for the second game of Saturday’s day-night doubleheader against the Cardinals.

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

8/30 Soler and Baez

Jorge Soler has matched Javier Baez game for game, as both homered in their first game, and recorded multi-homer games in their third. They are the only Cubs in franchise history with three home runs in their first three games and join St. Louis’ Joe Cunningham (1954) as the only three big league players to do so since 1900. They are the only Cubs players in franchise history with a multi-homer game within their first three Major League games.

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