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7/8 Matt Garza rumors

Matt Garza has been rumored to be traded since Spring Training. Could the Cubs keep the right-hander and sign him to a long-term deal? CBSSports.com’s Jon Heyman reported Monday the Cubs have talked to Garza’s agents about a possible long-term contract. FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal confirmed that the Cubs and Garza have had recent talks. Rosenthal reported that signing Garza has always been one of the Cubs’ options. The team also could make him a one-year qualifying offer at the end of the season.

Garza is considered the top pitcher available on the trade market, and there is still time before the July 31 deadline for teams to make a deal with the Cubs. One scout told MLB.com that because Garza will be a free agent at year’s end, and a possible short-term rental, teams don’t want to give up top top prospects in exchange. The Cubs, obviously, are looking for top prospects.

The Rangers, Red Sox, Indians, Rockies, Giants, Padres, Nationals and Cardinals all need starting pitching, and the number of scouts has increased each time Garza pitches. Garza, who is making $10.25 million this year, will be a free agent after this season, and could demand a deal similar to what Anibal Sanchez got — five years, $80 million.

Garza will be on the mound Monday night when the Cubs face the White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field in a makeup game.

– Carrie Muskat

7/7 Garza rumors

According to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, the Rangers were interested in Matt Garza last season, and nearly acquired him at the Trade Deadline. However, Garza had a stress reaction in his right elbow, and he didn’t pitch after July 21. The Rangers instead dealt for Ryan Dempster. The Rangers are reportedly pursuing Garza again this year. The right-hander is healthy, and will make his 10th start on Monday against the White Sox. He’s given up two earned runs over 30 innings in his last four starts.

7/7 Interleague matchups

The Cubs wrap up Interleague play this week, facing the White Sox in a makeup game on Monday and then playing host to the Angels on Tuesday and Wednesday. Here are the pitching matchups:

Monday: RHP Matt Garza (4-1, 3.45) vs. LHP Hector Santiago (3-5, 3.50)
Tuesday: LHP Travis Wood (5-6, 2.69) vs. RHP Joe Blanton (2-10, 5.14)
Wednesday: RHP Jeff Samardzija (5-8, 3.54) vs. LHP C.J. Wilson (8-6, 3.57)

7/3 Cubs lineup

Matt Garza takes the mound Wednesday as the Cubs try to even their Interleague series against the Athletics. Here’s the lineup:

Valbuena 3B
Castro SS
Schierholtz RF
Soriano DH
Rizzo 1B
Navarro C
Bogusevic LF
Barney 2B
Borbon CF

Garza P

* At the halfway point of the season, the Cubs are 35-46, an improvement on last year’s 31-50 record. This year, the Cubs have a -11 run differential through 81 games compared to a -71 run differential through 81 games in 2012. Also, Chicago’s team OPS of .707 this year is a slight improvement on last year’s .684 mark through 81 games. The Cubs have hit 20 more home runs at this point compared to last year (87 vs. 67) and have scored 39 more runs (337 to 298).

* The Cubs’ team ERA of 3.97 is nearly a half run lower than last year’s 4.37 ERA through 81 games. Cubs starting pitchers have a 3.82 ERA through 81 games this season after posting a 4.32 ERA at this point last year, while the bullpen has a 4.32 ERA through 81 games this year, lower than the 4.47 ERA through 81 games last year.

* Cubs designated hitters are batting .444 (12-for-27) with three doubles, two home runs, six RBI and a 1.244 OPS in seven games this season.

6/30 Chance of trade: 50-50

Asked if he expected the Cubs to make a deal before the All-Star break, Theo Epstein, president of baseball operations said Sunday the chances are “50-50.”

“Judging by the amount of calls that are going on, I would say the number of pieces we potentially have available and the opportunities that might present themselves for us to get better, yeah, I’d say 50-50,” Epstein said.

Matt Garza and Scott Feldman are drawing interest for teams looking for another starter, while teams also have inquired about closer Kevin Gregg, who blew his first save opportunity in 13 opportunities on Saturday. The interest — and rumors — will continue up until the July 31 Trade Deadline.

There also have been reports that teams are inquiring about Nate Schierholtz but Epstein may be hard pressed to part with the outfielder, who has moved into the No. 3 spot in the lineup.

“He’s exceeded our expectations with the overall quality at-bats,” Epstein said of Schierholtz. “To hit him in the three-hole, he does a nice job. He can handle different kinds of pitching, give you a tough at-bat. He’s a threat to go deep if they make a mistake, runs the bases well, he’s been really reliable defensively. He’s done a nice job.”

– Carrie Muskat

6/30 Looking ahead …

After an off day Monday, the Cubs play their first games ever in Oakland, beginning a three-game series on Tuesday. Here are the pitching matchups:

Tuesday: RHP Scott Feldman (7-6, 3.46) vs. RHP A.J. Griffin (6-6, 3.56)
Wednesday: RHP Matt Garza (3-1, 3.83) vs. RHP Bartolo Colon (11-2, 2.79)
Thursday: LHP Travis Wood (5-6, 2.85)vs. RHP Jarrod Parker (6-6, 4.27)

6/27 Cubs 7, Brewers 2

Dioner Navarro belted a three-run homer to back Matt Garza and power the Cubs to a 7-2 victory Thursday over the Brewers to win their first series at Miller Park since Sept. 10-12, 2010.

Garza gave the many scouts in attendance something to think about. The right-hander, who seems to be the subject of trade rumors every season, now has given up two earned runs over 22 innings in his last three outings. Garza appeared to be in total command as he struck out 10, and did not give up a hit until Aramis Ramirez blooped a single to center with one out in the fourth. For the game, the right-hander scattered eight hits over seven innings.

It helps to get some offense. Ryan Sweeney singled to open the second against Wily Peralta, stole second, and moved up on a wild pitch before scoring on Brian Bogusevic’s perfectly placed double down the left field line. One out later, Darwin Barney dribbled a single to right to score Bogusevic.

Sloppy play by the Brewers in the third led to four more Cubs runs. Starlin Castro led off with a single, stole second and scored on a fielding error by left fielder Caleb Gindl, who muffed Sweeney’s fly ball. One out later, Bogusevic reached on an error by first baseman Juan Francisco, who couldn’t handle third baseman Aramis Ramirez’s throw, and Navarro followed with his seventh home run to open a 6-0 lead. All four runs in the inning were unearned.

Garza helped himself in the fourth, hitting his second single of the game before eventually scoring on Nate Schierholtz’s sacrifice fly.

6/27 Cubs lineup

The Cubs and Brewers square off in the rubber game of their three-game series on Thursday at Miller Park. Matt Garza gets the start, and yes, he’s matched up with catcher Dioner Navarro. Brian Bogusevic will make his second straight start in left field for the Cubs. He was 2-for-4 on Wednesday, but on base four times, reaching on an error, walk and two singles. He also stole a base. Dale Sveum has said Alfonso Soriano will be the DH in the Cubs’ upcoming games at AL West ballparks.

Here’s the lineup:

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

* The Cubs will try to win their first series at Miller Park since taking two of three from the Brewers, Sept. 10-12, 2010.

6/25 Garage sale?

The Trade Deadline is July 31, and the Cubs are open for business. GM Jed Hoyer said he and Theo Epstein have talked to every other general manager in the last four, five days about possible deals.

“The phone calls ramp up this time of year,” Hoyer said Tuesday. “In some ways, it’s an invigorating time of year because there is a lot of action going on and a lot of things going on.”

One National League scout at Miller Park joked that he saw the “garage sale” sign and wanted to see what was available. Matt Garza and Scott Feldman will likely draw the most interest from teams looking for starting pitchers. Feldman starts Wednesday, Garza on Thursday. Expect more scouts at Miller Park for those days.

“He’s a big part of this team right now, and throwing the ball well,” Hoyer said of Garza. “I’m happy for Matt that he feels as good as he does about how he’s pitching, and how he’s feeling. We’re not going to discuss whether we’re talking about an extension or trade.”

– Carrie Muskat

6/23 Cubs vs. Brewers

After an off day Monday, the Cubs begin a nine-game road trip Tuesday in Milwaukee. The trip will include Interleague games in Seattle and Oakland. Here are the pitching matchups against the Brewers:

Tuesday: RHP Edwin Jackson (3-9, 5.49) vs. RHP Kyle Lohse (2-6, 3.68)
Wednesday: RHP Scott Feldman (6-6, 3.39) vs. RHP Yovani Gallardo (6-6, 4.09)
Thursday: RHP Matt Garza (2-1, 4.25) vs. RHP Wily Peralta (5-8, 5.59)

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