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7/31 Hoyer: Not close to deal

Cubs GM Jed Hoyer said they were never that close to making a deal at the non-waiver Trade Deadline.

“The good thing is we feel we were incredibly productive this month,” Hoyer said. “We made a lot of deals and feel we got better as an organization this month.”

There was interest in Nate Schierholtz, David DeJesus, Kevin Gregg, James Russell, Dioner Navarro and Carlos Villanueva, but no deals were made.

“We’re happy with the players we kept, if you want to look at it that way,” Hoyer said. “We thought we had a high, but not unreasonably high price on some of the guys. A lot of the guys who were being asked about, we control going forward. We feel it makes our winter potentially easier. We didn’t have the value there to make any deals today. It’s fine. I think our July was really productive and we’re happy about it and now we can move forward.”

Hoyer said when teams make deals early in the month, they’re pretty specific about what they want.

“It was strategic to move early and we’re glad we did it,” he said.

The Cubs’ plan is to continue to acquire assets. That won’t change.

“One thing is obvious from today if you look around the league is that people hold really tight to their young players,” he said. “We need to get a lot more of them. That part won’t change. I’d love to be in a situation where we’re on the other side of the conversation next year and years going forward.”

— Carrie Muskat

7/31 Trade rumors

According to FOX Sports and MLB Network’s Ken Rosenthal, the Cubs are expected to move either David DeJesus or Nate Schierholtz today. The Pirates are interested in both. The Pirates, who have a 1 1/2 game lead in the NL Central over the Cardinals, could use a left-handed bat. They’re hitting .241 against right-handed pitching compared to .251 vs. lefties. Schierholtz was batting .283 against right-handers with a career-high 14 home runs. DeJesus, who just returned from the DL, was batting .282 against right-handers. Money-wise, DeJesus has a $6.5 million club option for 2014, while Schierholtz was only signed for this year and would be a less expensive option.

7/30 Samardzija rumors “far fetched”

The Trade Deadline is Wednesday at 3 p.m. CT, and manager Dale Sveum doesn’t expect Jeff Samardzija to be doing anything but prepping for his next start with the Cubs. Rumors continue to swirl about the Cubs listening to offers for Samardzija.

“If somebody asks, sure,” Sveum said on whether the Cubs were keeping an open mind. “That’s not my job, so I don’t know what goes in those kind of meetings. It’s not realistic [to deal Samardzija].”

The Cubs would have to be offered a lot to part with the 28-year-old right-hander who is under team control for two more years.

“This is me speaking, but I would think it’s very, very far-fetched to think that you have a guy under control for that long and possibly a No. 1 guy to do anything with him,” Sveum said. “Those are things that pop up and somebody will say, sure you’ll listen. But are you going to want to trade half your team [to get Samardzija]?”

Meanwhile, Kevin Gregg and Nate Schierholtz wait to see if they will stay with the Cubs past the deadline.

“It is a compliment to be rumored,” Sveum said. “Some people get to be part of a pennant race and get to the playoffs and do some fun things.”

— Carrie Muskat

7/27 Cubs 1, Giants 0

Chris Rusin won’t forget Saturday’s game. The Giants won’t forget Nate Schierholtz. Rusin threw seven scoreless innings and Schierholtz homered off his former teammate, Sergio Romo, with one out in the ninth inning to lift the Cubs to a 1-0 victory over the Giants, and take a 2-0 lead in the series.

The Giants tested the Cubs in the eighth and ninth innings. In the eighth, San Francisco loaded the bases with none out against Pedro Strop, who got Buster Posey and Pablo Sandoval to each hit into a fielder’s choice, forcing runners at home. He then struck out Hunter Pence. The inning didn’t begin well as Strop didn’t handle two bunts cleanly.

“He was like Houdini out there — I liked it,” Rusin said of Strop.

In the ninth, the Giants loaded the bases with one out against Kevin Gregg, who got pinch-hitter Tony Abreu to hit into a slick 3-2-3 double play.

“It was an exciting game,” Schierholtz said. “It reminded me of playing here when we played one-run games every night. They’re nail-biters.”

The Cubs could’ve easily given up on the season when the front office started dealing players. Instead, they’ve been playing their best baseball of the season.

“We’ve got a lot of guys in here who don’t give up,” Schierholtz said. “One of the things they instilled in us in Spring Training is hard work and running balls out and not ever letting up. That’s one of the biggest things a winning team does. You don’t have to have the best players to win championships, and I learned that here,” he said. “It’s just been fun. We go out there loose with nothing to lose. It’s a fun, young group of guys and we all get along great.”

With one out in the Chicago ninth, Schierholtz launched a 3-2 pitch from Romo into the seats in right. The outfielder had played his entire career with the Giants until last year when he was sent to the Phillies at the Trade Deadline. He signed as a free agent with the Cubs with the promise of regular playing time, and delivered.

“I can’t really describe it, but it felt good,” Schierholtz said. “It’s great to get that win and it’s good to come in here and get the first two.”

He’s on a roll since the All-Star break, going 10-for-25 with three home runs, four doubles and nine RBIs. It’s helped that he was able to give a sore shoulder some rest during the break.

Rusin retired the first 13 batters he faced before he walked Pence with one out in the fifth. One out later, Joaquin Arias singled up the middle for the Giants’ first hit.

San Francisco had a runner at third with two outs in the seventh, but first baseman Anthony Rizzo robbed Brandon Belt of a potential extra-base hit and RBI with a perfectly timed leaping catch to end the inning.

“That was big,” Rusin said. “I was really pumped up after that. Right when it left the bat, I thought, ‘Man, I left one up’ and then Rizzo went up and got it.”

Said Sveum: “When things go good, you usually have those kind of breaks and if not, you usually miss things by an inch.”

— Carrie Muskat

7/26 Cubs lineup

The Cubs begin the post-Alfonso Soriano era on Friday, opening a three-game series in San Francisco against the Giants. Junior Lake is starting in left and Nate Schierholtz will return to face his former team, batting fourth. Schierholtz has a career .269 average at AT&T Park. It’ll be Edwin Jackson (6-11, 5.03 ERA) against Matt Cain (6-6, 5.00 ERA). Here’s the lineup:

DeJesus CF
Lake LF
Rizzo 1B
Schierholtz RF
Castro SS
Valbuena 3B
Barney 2B
Castillo C
E. Jackson P

7/25 Schierholtz, DeJesus wait

Nate Schierholtz and David DeJesus are both well aware the Trade Deadline is one week away. Any team looking for a left-handed bat and a solid defensive outfielder would be interested in Schierholtz, who was batting .313 with runners in scoring position this season. A few teams have followed Schierholtz, including the Pirates.

“It’s out of our control what happens,” Schierholtz said after Wednesday’s win over the Diamondbacks. “I love being a Cub, and hope to stay here. You never know what will happen in the next week. All we can do is go out there and focus on trying to win games.”

DeJesus’ name also has been mentioned in trade rumors, and Theo Epstein did take time to talk to the outfielder, but not about a possible move. Instead, Epstein wanted to thank DeJesus, and tell him how much they appreciate his mentorship of the younger players. DeJesus showed that during his rehab stint with the Rookie League players, many of whom are teenagers.

“He’s a really good baseball player, lived up to his contract, he’s a left-handed bat who has the exact approach we’re trying to teach in this organization,” Epstein said. “There’s a lot of value to having him here. That said, will we make him untouchable? No — no one’s untouchable. We’ll sit and weigh out the options and what’s best for the Cubs.”

DeJesus, activated from the DL on Wednesday, was prepared.

“My name’s been in the rumors before,” he said. “It’s nothing new. You’ve just got to be professional and play the game and see what happens from there.”

— Carrie Muskat

7/24 Cubs 7, D-Backs 6 (12 innings)

Nate Schierholtz has been the Cubs most consistent hitter with runners on base for most of the season, and he came through at the right time Wednesday night. Schierholtz drove in a career-high five runs, hitting a three-run homer in the fifth and a game-winning RBI double in the 12th, to lift the Cubs to a 7-6 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks, who are trying to keep pace with the Dodgers in the National League West.

Schierholtz was shut down for the Cubs’ final two games before the All-Star break because of nagging injuries, and admitted Wednesday that the rest helped.

“I’m feeling a lot better now,” Schierholtz said. “The All-Star break definitely helped, and so did the cortisone shot. I feel like I’m doing well now, and I’m trying to help the team.”

With two outs and the game tied at 6 against David Hernandez in the 12th, Anthony Rizzo walked to set up Schierholtz’s double into the left-field corner. Schierholtz’s previous high was three RBIs, done four times, most recently April 23, 2012, against the Mets.

Rizzo and rookie Junior Lake each hit RBI doubles for the Cubs, now 7-3 in extra-inning games this season. Chicago had only reliever Michael Bowden in the bullpen by the 12th.

“We were going to have to have the re-entry rule,” Dale Sveum jokingly said.

Jeff Samardzija scattered six hits over 5 2/3 innings, throwing a season-high 118 pitches. Arizona had two on and two outs in the sixth when he was pulled, and Paul Goldschmidt greeted Blake Parker with a three-run homer, his 22nd, to cut the Cubs’ lead to 6-5.

— Carrie Muskat

7/23 DBacks 10, Cubs 4

For just the third time in 20 starts this season, Travis Wood failed to record a quality start. Martin Prado hit a game-tying home run and A.J. Pollock drove in four runs to help Patrick Corbin win his 12th game and power the Diamondbacks to a 10-4 victory Tuesday night over Wood and the Cubs.

Wood was vying for his 18th quality start, and had a tough opponent in the Diamondbacks and Corbin, who was the Cubs’ lefty’s teammate on the National League All-Star team. This was the second time this season that two All-Stars squared off in their first starts after the break. Corbin served up one run on four hits over six innings, while Wood was charged with four runs over 5 2/3 innings.

Wood, who began the day tied with Clayton Kershaw and Adam Wainwright for the National League lead in quality starts, failed to notch No. 18 in his last start before the All-Star break on July 14 against the Cardinals. His only other non-quality start was May 25 against the Reds.

Nate Schierholtz smacked a pinch-hit, two-run homer in the eighth for the Cubs, but the D-Backs collected 16 hits in the game. Junior Lake posted another multi-hit game, finishing with three hits, including a solo homer in the ninth. Lake is now 12-for-22 in five games.

Arizona, which won for the second time in its last six games, is trying to keep pace with the Dodgers in the NL West.

— Carrie Muskat

7/14 Cubs lineup

All-Star Travis Wood wraps up the Cubs’ first half on Sunday night when he faces the Cardinals and Adam Wainwright. The Cubs lead the series, 2-1. No Nate Schierholtz. Dale Sveum said he wanted to give him extra time to heal some nagging injuries, saying the right fielder is “banged up.” Here’s the lineup:

Valbuena 3B
Castro SS
Rizzo 1B
Soriano LF
Navarro C
Bogusevic CF
Sappelt RF
Barney 2B
T. Wood P

* The Cubs are 13-8 in their last 21 games and have won six of the last eight.

* Wood looks to become the first Cub ever to record 18 quality starts prior to the All-Star break. His 17 quality starts this season lead the Majors, and he’s the fourth Cub in franchise history to have 17 quality efforts prior to the break, joining Bill Hands (1969), Fergie Jenkins (1969) and Greg Maddux (1988). The last National League pitcher to have 18 quality starts prior to the All-Star break was Maddux with the Braves in 1994.

* Alfonso Soriano leads the Cubs with 16 home runs and 10 stolen bases. The last Cub to lead the team in both homers and steals at the All-Star break was Sammy Sosa with 33 homers and 10 steals in 1998.

— Carrie Muskat

7/13 Schierholtz, DeJesus & Jackson

Nate Schierholtz did not start Saturday and most likely will not play Sunday to give him time to heal some nagging injuries. Dale Sveum said Schierholtz was “banged up” and the injuries involved several body parts. The right fielder has never had this many at-bats prior to the All-Star break in his career. He’s been scuffling a little at the plate, too, batting .138 in his last eight games.

“He’s a little banged up,” Sveum said. “I’ll probably give him [Sunday] off as well and let him get six days off. I might have to use him to pinch hit or something. He’s just banged up and struggling a little bit.”

There is good news on outfielder David DeJesus. He will go to Arizona and take batting practice at the Cubs facility in Mesa, and if everything goes well, could begin a rehab assignment at the end of the week.

“He won’t have to play in tons of games as long as everything goes good, and then he gets in a real game and hopefully doesn’t swing and miss,” Sveum said DeJesus. The Cubs hope DeJesus doesn’t “swing and miss” and re-aggravates his right shoulder, which he sprained crashing into the outfield wall at Citi Field on June 14.

Other outfielder related news involves Brett Jackson, who has been rehabbing in Arizona from a sore calf. Jackson was playing at Triple-A Iowa, and batting .223 in 61 games, but when ready, he could be assigned to Double-A Tennessee. That’s still to be determined.

— Carrie Muskat