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6/16 Cubs lineup

Even though Welington Castillo had caught all of Matt Garza’s previous starts, the Cubs pitcher said he wasn’t comfortable with the catcher in his last outing. No excuses Sunday. Dioner Navarro is behind the plate for Garza’s start vs. the Mets in the series finale. Here’s the lineup:

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

6/13 Cubs vs. Mets

The Cubs hit the road after Thursday’s game, beginning with a three-game series in New York. Here are the pitching matchups:

Friday: RHP Edwin Jackson (2-8, 5.76) vs. RHP Shaun Marcum (0-7, 4.96)
Saturday: RHP Scott Feldman (5-5, 3.22) vs. LHP Jonathon Niese (3-5, 4.24)
Sunday: RHP Matt Garza (1-1, 6.26) vs. RHP Jeremy Hefner (1-6, 4.11)

6/12 Sveum backs Castillo

After Tuesday’s game, Cubs pitcher Matt Garza said he didn’t feel he’d found a good rhythm yet with catcher Welington Castillo.

“Being in this game for as many seasons as I have, I need to take control and I need to guide him through it,” Garza said. “I’m not doing what I’m supposed to do. I’m going to get ready in five days and try to make it right.”

Castillo has caught every one of Garza’s five starts this season.

“[Garza] pitched a pretty good game with [Castillo] behind the plate a couple outings ago,” manager Dale Sveum said of the right-hander’s May 31 start against the Diamondbacks, when he gave up two earned runs over seven innings. That also was Garza’s only win.

“If you get the ball up, it doesn’t matter who’s catching,” Sveum said.

That was the problem for Garza on Tuesday against the Reds when he served up a career high nine runs. Sveum said he does support pitchers who feel more comfortable with one catcher.

“In this case, it was definitely not warranted,” Sveum said.

– Carrie Muskat

6/11 Cubs lineup

The Cubs play the Reds in the second game of their four-game series on Tuesday night at Wrigley Field. Here’s the lineup:

Barney 2B
Ransom 3B
Rizzo 1B
Soriano LF
Hairston RF
Castillo C
Castro SS
Sweeney CF
Garza P

6/10 Cubs vs. Reds, round II

As far as the Cubs and Reds are concerned, both teams would like to put any bad blood to rest as they start a fresh series this week at Wrigley Field. The last time the teams met — May 26 in Cincinnati — Reds right-hander Johnny Cueto threw a pitch over David DeJesus’ head with a four-run lead in the sixth inning. Cueto received a warning from home plate umpire Bob Davidson, Cubs pitcher Matt Garza took exception to the play, and the Cubs went on to win.

“Cueto should learn, you don’t go after guys’ heads,” Garza said after the incident. “Don’t wake a sleeping dog. I think that’s kind of immature on his part and totally uncalled for. He’s lucky that retaliation isn’t in our vocabulary.”

Both teams’ managers downplayed the incident on Monday. Asked if he expected any repercussions, Cubs manager Dale Sveum said no.

“There’s nothing to that whole situation,” Sveum said.

Garza will pitch in Game 2 of the series on Tuesday. Cueto, on the disabled list, will not face the Cubs this time around.

Reds manager Dusty Baker, who said the following day that Garza should address the situation personally with Cueto and that the two could settle it with a fight, said the incident is “over.”

“I think Johnny got fined for it,” Baker said. “So all we can do is play ball. And whoever wants to do something, it’s their prerogative if they want to. … I don’t even know Garza. Never spoke to him in my life.”

6/9 Cubs vs. Reds

After Sunday’s series finale agaisnt the Pirates, the Cubs continue this 10-game homestand against NL Central teams on Monday, opening a four-game series against the Reds. Here are the pitching matchups:

Monday: RHP Scott Feldman (5-4, 2.84) vs. RHP Homer Bailey (3-4, 3.84)
Tuesday: RHP Matt Garza (1-0, 4.03) vs. TBD
Wednesday: LHP Travis Wood (5-4, 2.65) vs. RHP Mike Leake (5-3, 2.93)
Thursday: RHP Jeff Samardzija (3-7, 3.18) vs. RHP Mat Latos (6-0. 2.87)

6/5 Cubs lineup

Dioner Navarro is the designated hitter Wednesday and Darwin Barney the new leadoff man for the Cubs against the Angels and lefty Jason Vargas. Here’s the lineup:

Barney 2B
Ransom 3B
Rizzo 1B
Soriano LF
Hairston RF
Castillo C
Castro SS
Navarro DH
Sweeney CF

Garza P

6/4 Cubs vs. Angels

The Cubs open a quick two-game Interleague series against the Angels on Tuesday night. This will be only the second trip ever to Angel Stadium. In 2004, the Cubs won two out of three games in Anaheim.

After this series, the Cubs will have visited four current AL ballparks once -– Baltimore, Boston, Minnesota and Tampa Bay. On July 2-4, the Cubs will make their first-ever visit to Oakland. At that point, the new Yankee Stadium will be the only current AL park in which the Cubs have not played a regular season contest. The Cubs did play two exhibition games there to open the park in 2009.

The Cubs enter this series having won five straight Interleague games for the first time since June 15-July 7, 2001, vs. the Twins (3-0) and Tigers (2-0). The run is one shy of the franchise record of six straight Interleague victories done Sept. 2, 1997-June 8, 1998. The current five straight Interleague wins are tied for the franchise’s most in a single campaign (also June 15-July 1, 2001).

* The Cubs own a 113-128 (.469) all-time record in Interleague play dating to 1997. The most recent winning season against the AL was in 2007 (8-4). The team went 5-10 against the AL in both 2011 and 2012.

* Here are the pitching matchups for Cubs vs. Angels:

Tuesday: RHP Scott Feldman (5-4, 2.82) vs. RHP Jered Weaver (1-1, 3.71)
Wednesday: RHP Matt Garza (1-0, 3.38) vs. LHP Jason Vargas (5-3, 3.34)

5/31 Cubs lineup

Matt Garza makes his third start since coming off the disabled list on Friday when the Cubs open a three-game series against the Diamondbacks. Lefty Wade Miley starts for Arizona. Here’s the lineup:

DeJesus CF
Castro SS
Rizzo 1B
Soriano LF
Hairston RF
Castillo C
Ransom 3B
Barney 2B
Garza P

* Garza needs to drive in one run to tie the Major League record for most RBIs by pitchers in a calendar month. The 1940 Tigers totaled 20 RBIs in August. The Cubs pitchers set the National League record on Thursday, thanks to Travis Wood’s grand slam. The Cubs pitchers have 19 RBIs in May.

* Catcher Welington Castillo appears to be fine after taking a bat on the knuckles of his left hand in Thursday’s game. The back swing caught his hand, and he was called for catcher’s interference.

* Garza has surrendered three or fewer earned runs in 18-consecutive home starts dating to June 27, 2011. That’s the longest stretch by a Cub since Kerry Wood allowed three or fewer earned runs in 22-straight home starts from July 7, 2000-April 20, 2002. In his last 18 starts at Wrigley Field since June 27, 2011, Garza is 7-4 with two complete games and a 1.97 ERA.

* Cubs pitchers not only have the most RBIs, they lead all Major League staffs with six doubles and four home runs. The homers have come in the last 13 games dating to May 15.

– Carrie Muskat

5/30 Go Blackhawks

Jeff Samardzija may have beaten the White Sox on Monday but he lost to Paul Konerko in the shoot out between periods of Wednesday’s Blackhawks playoff game. Samardzija joined some of his teammates at Game 7 between the Blackhawks and Red Wings, which Chicago won in overtime, 2-1. Samardzija wore a Bob Probert No. 24 Blackhawks jersey. He was a big fan of the forward, known as an enforcer.

“He’s one of the guys I remember growing up,” Samardzija said. “I used to watch the games with my dad. I don’t think my dad was the best stick handler or skater either, and he had his buddies on the team and they were goal scorers. You breathe on them the wrong way, and I think [my dad's] job was to go straighten them out. I think that’s why he liked Probert which is why I like Probert.”

Between the second and third period, Samardzija and Konerko took part in the shootout. The Cubs pitcher missed all three shots. Konerko did much better.

“I was walking down there and they told me Paulie was shooting the puck,” Samardzija said. “I said, ‘He’s going to make me feel like an idiot.’ It’s the first time I’ve been on the ice with a packed house.”

The Cubs pitcher knows who’s the better hockey player among the two of them.

“He knows where [he is on] the totem pole on that,” Samardzija said. “He’s up top. He’s got a nice little wrister there. I was trying to finesse it.”

The Blackhawks may want to keep Samardzija and Konerko on call.

“I have a whole year to get ready for my next one,” Samardzija said. “They won, so if they have another Game 7, I’m pretty sure me and Paulie have to shoot the puck again at the second intermission.”

Matt Garza, Edwin Jackson and James Russell joined Samardzija and Dale Sveum at the game at the United Center. They saw how excited Chicago fans can be when the team is successful. Samardzija feels that buzz now for the Cubs-White Sox series.

“To be honest with you, we haven’t had that many games where guys can see what the Chicago fans and big games are like,” Samardzija said. “They’re totally different when you’re playing big games and everyone’s coming out and fighting for tickets and there’s a madhouse in the streets. It’s a different feel than when you’re playing another team on a weekday here.

“To see that excitement and see how people react to situations and how bad they want to be at those games and how bad they want the playoff games, it makes you realize this stuff needs to happen now [with the Cubs] and as soon as possible.”

– Carrie Muskat

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