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9/15 Cubs lineup: Rizzo is back

Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo, sidelined since Aug. 27 because of a low back strain, returned to the lineup Monday, and was slotted ahead of rookie Jorge Soler, who was promoted that day. Monday marks the first time the two will be in the same lineup in the big leagues.

Rizzo hit his 30th home run on Aug. 26 against the Reds in a game interrupted by rain. The first baseman did not return after the delay because his back tightened up.

Soler belted a home run in his first Major League at-bat on Aug. 27 in Cincinnati, and also returned to the lineup Monday after missing three games to be in Miami for the birth of his first child. The rookie outfielder was 16-for-45 (.356) in 12 games since his call-up with four home runs and 13 RBIs.

Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro remained sidelined with a high left ankle sprain suffered Sept. 2.

Here’s Monday’s lineup:

Coghlan LF
Baez SS
Rizzo 1B
Soler RF
Valbuena 3B
Castillo C
Alcantara CF
Watkins 2B
T. Wood P

9/7 Pirates 10, Cubs 4

* Travis Wood took the loss, his 12. He gave up seven runs on nine hits while issuing one walk and striking out one over 1 2/3 innings. He served up a season-high three home runs. The outing was his shortest since Sept. 27 last year at St. Louis (1 IP), but that was a planned short start. In 12 starts against the NL Central this season, Wood is 5-5 with a 5.66 ERA (43 ER/68 1/3 IP) and 13 home runs allowed.

“If I missed a pitch, they hit it out of the park, and if I executed one, they hit it in the hole,” said Wood, who served up three home runs, including back to back blasts by Jordy Mercer and Andrew McCutchen in the second. “It just wasn’t my day. They have a good team over there.”

* Mike Olt set a career high with three hits, including an RBI single. He drove in his first run since July 19 at Arizona.

* Chris Coghlan had two hits, his 23rd multi-hit game.

* Luis Valbuena extended his hitting streak to seven games (.333/10-for-30) with a fourth-inning single to right.

* Matt Szczur registered his first-career RBI with a two-run single to right in the seventh inning.

* Welington Castillo extended his hitting streak to five games (.389/7-for-18) with a double in the sixth inning.

* The bright spot for the Cubs was Eric Jokisch, who made his Major League debut, and gave up one run on six hits while striking out four over 4 1/3 innings of relief.

* Cubs pitchers gave up 19 hits, which matched the season high, previously done, July 5 at Washington.

9/7 Cubs lineup

Jorge Soler gets Sunday off in the Cubs series finale against the Pirates at Wrigley Field. Travis Wood makes the start. Here’s the lineup:

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

* Manager Rick Renteria doesn’t think Javier Baez should get a breather. Baez struck out three times on Saturday, marking the ninth time in 32 games that the rookie infielder has whiffed three times or more. Baez is batting .174.

“I don’t see him pressing,” Renteria said of the highly regarded prospect. “I think he’s getting away from his middle-away approach. That’s one of the things he was working on down in the Minor Leagues. When he finally settled in and was swinging the bat well, one of the things he was doing was hitting the ball more to the middle to right center field, which allowed him to see the ball and track the ball a little better.

“I just think he’s away from the approach that gives him a chance to have some success,” Renteria said.

Baez has played every game since his call-up on Aug. 5, and now is pressed into every day duty with Starlin Castro sidelined with a high ankle sprain. Could Baez use a day off?

“I think it’s the opposite,” Renteria said. “You need to keep him in there and see if we can get him to trust what he was doing before he got here. The reality is, his approach to the other side of the field is one of the things that will help him.”

– Carrie Muskat

9/3 Cubs vs Pirates

The Cubs will start three left-handed pitchers in a row in the weekend series against the Pirates:

Friday: LHP Tsuyoshi Wada (4-2, 2.79) vs. RHP Vance Worley (6-4, 3.01)
Saturday: LHP Felix Doubront (1-0, 1.29) vs. LHP Francisco Liriano (3-10, 3.91)
Sunday: LHP Travis Wood (8-11, 4.81) vs. RHP Gerrit Cole (7-5, 3.86)

8/31 Cubs lineup

Travis Wood will start the Cubs series finale against the Cardinals Sunday at Busch Stadium. Here’s the lineup:

Coghlan LF
Baez 2B
Castro SS
Valbuena 3B
Alcantara CF
Watkins RF
Valaika 1B
Baker C
Wood 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.

8/18 Cubs vs Giants

Kyle Hendricks gets the start Monday in the Cubs series finale against the Mets at Citi Field. Here are the pitching matchups for the upcoming homestand against the Giants:

Tuesday: LHP Tsuyoshi Wada (2-1, 3.15) vs. RHP Ryan Vogelsong (7-8,
Wednesday: RHP Edwin Jackson (6-13, 5.74) vs. RHP Jake Peavy (1-3,
Thursday: LHP Travis Wood (7-10, 4.86) vs. LHP Madison Bumgarner (13-9, 3.14)

8/15 Cubs lineup

Travis Wood makes the start Friday night for the Cubs against the Mets. Here’s the lineup:

Coghlan LF
Baez 2B
Rizzo 1B
Castro SS
Castillo C
Alcantara CF
Sweeney RF
Valaika 3B
Wood P

8/10 Cubs lineup

Travis Wood takes the mound Sunday in the Cubs’ Interleague series finale against the Rays. Here’s the lineup:

Coghlan LF
Baez 2B
Rizzo 1B
Castro SS
Ruggiano RF
Alcantara CF
Castillo C
Valaika 3B
T. Wood P

8/5 Cubs lineup

Javier Baez is playing second base and batting second Tuesday night for the Cubs, making his Major League debut at Coors Field. He’ll be wearing No. 9. Here’s the lineup:

Alcantara CF
Baez 2B
Rizzo 1B
Castro SS
Ruggiano RF
Valbuena 3B
Castillo C
Lake LF
T. Wood P

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