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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

7/25 Cubs lineup

Travis Wood takes the mound Friday as the Cubs open a three-game homestand against the Cardinals, who are battling for the top spot in the NL Central. Emilio Bonifacio gets the day off and still no Justin Ruggiano, who has been slowed by tightness in his groin. Here’s the lineup:

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

7/20 Bosio on Wood: “He’s searching”

Travis Wood has not looked like the same pitcher he was last season, and the Cubs left-hander knows it. So does pitching coach Chris Bosio.

“I think it’s a command thing for Travis,” Bosio said Sunday. “He’s getting in hitter’s counts and doesn’t have the command he had last year. We talk about it a lot as a staff. Try to find out what’s working and what’s not working. Unfortunately for Travis right now, he shows flashes and the next thing you know, he’ll walk a guy.

“He’s had more 3-0 counts this year at this point than he had all of last year,” Bosio said. “Last year, he was unbelievable and very consistent, National League All-Star, but unfortunately for baseball players, these are cycles we go in. He’s trying to find it, and he’s searching.”

In the first half last season, Wood had walked 38 over 122 2/3 innings, and teams were batting .202 against him. In the first half this year, he’s walked 48 over 110 2/3 innings, and teams were batting .270 against him.

“It can become very frustrating, emotionally frustrating,” Bosio said of Wood, who walked four on Saturday against the Diamondbacks. “I think that’s the position he’s at right now. He’s trying to do everything. Sometimes you have to simplify it and just say, ‘You know what, I’m going to get back to bread and butter and try to pound the zone. If they’re going to swing at it, let them swing it.’

“To see him go out and walk these guys, it’s crushing, and not only for us, but for him as well,” Bosio said. “You can see it in his body language.”

– Carrie Muskat

7/19 Cubs lineup

Arismendy Alcantara will start in center field Saturday night when the Cubs play the Diamondbacks at Chase Field. Here’s the lineup:

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

* Rizzo hit two home runs Friday for his sixth career multi-homer game and second this year. He has homered in four of his last six road games.
* Luis Valbuena has scored 34 runs, which matches his 2013 season total.
* Alcantara stole two bases on Friday, the most by a Cubs player in a single game this season. Emilio Bonifacio also swiped two on April 2 and April 10 vs. Pirates.

7/13 Braves 10, Cubs 7

* Arismendy Alcantara went 2-for-5, hitting his first big league home run in the sixth. He’s hit safely in four straight games and was batting .391 (9-for-23) with six runs, three doubles, a triple, a home run and five RBIs in five games since making his big league debut.

* After posting a .147 average in May and a .232 mark in June, Chris Coghlan was batting .435 (20-for-46) with eight doubles, three homers, and 12 RBIs in 13 July games.

* Travis Wood took the loss, giving up seven runs on seven hits while walking three and striking out four over six innings. It’s the most runs Wood has allowed at Wrigley Field since giving up eight in five innings on July 27, 2012, vs. the Cardinals. Wood issued lead-off walks in three straight innings.

* The Cubs have given up 10 or more runs in back-to-back home games for the first time since May 12 (13 vs. MIL) and May 21 (12 vs. PIT) in 2002.

* The Cubs have lost back-to-back games despite scoring six or more runs for the first time since losing four-straight from Aug. 27-30, 2006.

7/8 Reds 4, Cubs 2

* Travis Wood gave up four runs, three earned, on eight hits over 5 1/3 innings in the Cubs’ 4-2 loss to the Reds. The lefty was encouraged by the outing.

“Overall, I thought it was pretty solid,” Wood said of his outing. “They got to me there in the first. I threw a pitch and it was where we wanted it. Bruce put a good swing on it, and it was out of the park.”

A year ago, Wood was headed to the All-Star Game. Now, he has a 4.64 ERA.

“You think about it,” he said, “but every year is different. You’re never going to have the same numbers. You make adjustments and roll with it.”

* Chris Coghlan led off the sixth with his third home run. Ryan Sweeney followed with his first homer of the season. It’s the second time the Cubs have hit consecutive blasts this season, also doing so April 9 against the Pirates when Mike Olt and Junior Lake connected.

* The Cubs have lost four straight, and have not won since Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel were traded.

“I’d be lying if none of us acknowledged what had happened,” Coghlan said. “I saw this [in Miami]. There’s relationships — it’s not just business. At the end of the day, you have to be professional and that’s part of being professional is not letting outside stuff affect how you prepare or how you play.”

Wood and Samardzija were inseparable in Spring Training, and the lefty would talk to Hammel before starts.

“It’s tough to lose guys like that,” Wood said, “but we all know it’s a business and how it rolls. We’re not looking at that.”

– Carrie Muskat

7/8 Cubs lineup – Game 1

Travis Wood gets the start in the first game of the Cubs’ day-night doubleheader against the Reds at Great American Ball Park. Here’s the lineup:

Coghlan LF
Sweeney CF
Rizzo 1B
Castro SS
Valbuena 3B
Schierholtz RF
Baker C
Barney 2B
T. Wood P

* This is the Cubs’ third day-night doubleheader this season. They were swept in New York by the Yankees (April 17 at Yankee Stadium) and swept by the Nationals (June 28 at Wrigley Field). The Cubs have another day-night doubleheader scheduled for Aug. 30 in St. Louis.

* Rizzo has 18 home runs this season, tied for second-most in the National League, while his 50 walks tie for fifth-most. He is also tied for second in the league with 16 go-ahead RBI. Rizzo has 15 homers since April 30, tied for the most in the NL and tied for sixth-most in the Majors in that span. Rizzo has 36 walks, a .382 on-base percentage and a .904 OPS in his last 62 games since April 30. Of his 12 homers since May 8, nine have given the Cubs the lead and one has tied the game.

#VoteRizzo

– Carrie Muskat

7/6 Cubs vs. Reds

Jake Arrieta starts for the Cubs in the series finale vs. the Nationals Sunday in Washington D.C., while Jeff Samardzija makes his first start for the Athletics in Oakland. Here are the pitching matchups for the upcoming series vs. the Reds in Cincinnati that begins Monday.

Monday: RHP Edwin Jackson (5-8, 4.99) vs. RHP Mike Leake (6-7, 3.47)
Tuesday (first game): LHP Travis Wood (7-6, 4.62) vs. TBD or Johnny Cueto (8-6, 1.99)
Tuesday (second game): LHP Tsuyoshi Wada (0-0, 0.00) vs. TBD or Johnny Cueto (8-6, 1.99)
Wednesday: TBD vs. RHP Alfredo Simon (11-3, 2.78)
Thursday: TBD vs. RHP Homer Bailey (8-5, 4.15)

7/2 Cubs lineup

Travis Wood gets the start Wednesday in the Cubs’ series finale against the Red Sox, and no, he won’t be batting. Wood is hitting .250, and it would be tempting to let him swing, but instead Luis Valbuena will be the designated hitter. Here’s the lineup:

Coghlan LF
Ruggiano CF
Rizzo 1B
Castro SS
Valbuena DH
Castillo C
Schierholtz RF
Olt 3B
Barney 2B

T. Wood P

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