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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

6/26 Cubs lineup

Travis Wood gets the start Thursday as the Cubs open a quick three-day, four-game series against the Nationals. The two teams will play a day-night doubleheader on Saturday. Here’s Thursday’s lineup:

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

* At 32-44, the Cubs have the same record through 76 games as they did last season at this point.

* Here are the pitching matchups for this series:

Thursday: LHP Travis Wood (7-6, 4.55) vs. RHP Doug Fister (6-5, 3.24)
Friday: RHP Jason Hammel (6-5, 2.99) vs. RHP Tanner Roark (6-5, 3.24)
Saturday (day): RHP Dallas Beeler (M.L. Debut) vs. LHP Gio Gonzalez (6-5, 3.24)
Saturday: (night): RHP Jeff Samardzija (2-6, 2.53) vs. TBD

* In case you forgot, the Cubs scheduled the day-night doubleheader at the request of 44th Ward Alderman Tom Tunney because of the Pride Parade scheduled for Sunday in the neighborhood. The change was announced in February.

6/21 Cubs lineup

Travis Wood takes the mound Saturday night for the Cubs in the second game of their three-game series against the Pirates. Here’s the lineup:

Coghlan LF
Ruggiano RF
Rizzo 1B
Castro SS
Valbuena 3B
Lake CF
Barney 2B
Whiteside C
T. Wood P

6/17 Recap: Cubs 5, Marlins 4, 13 innings

Travis Wood picked up a win two days in a row, first as the starting pitcher, and on Monday night as a pinch-hitter. Wood delivered a pinch-hit RBI double with two outs in the 13th inning to lift the Cubs to a 5-4 victory over the Marlins. With the game tied at 4 in the 13th, Jacob Turner retired the first two Cubs batters. But Junior Lake singled and Wood delivered a double to left for his ninth RBI of the season, a career high. Wood was 0-for-3 this season as a pinch-hitter entering the game, but he has hit two home runs. Wood, who now has two career game-winning RBIs, went to the plate hacking.

“You’ve got to — there were two outs and we’re in the 13th,” Wood said.

* Starter Jason Hammel struck out a season-high nine batters, giving up four runs on eight hits over six innings.

* Starlin Castro hit his 10th home run in the sixth, and is tied for the team lead with 38 RBIs.

* Luis Valbuena has five multi-hit games in his last seven games, and is batting .423 in that stretch.

* The Cubs are 3-6 in extra inning games.

– Carrie Muskat

6/10 Cubs lineup

Travis Wood gets the start Tuesday for the Cubs against the Pirates. Wood has a 1.91 ERA (6 ER/28 1/3 IP) in six games, including five starts, at PNC Park. He’s recorded quality starts in four of five starts at the ballpark. The lefty has a 2.58 ERA (11 ER/38 1/31 IP) in six home starts compared to an 8.04 ERA (28 ER/31 1/3 IP) in six road games.

Wood has 44 quality starts as a Cub, which is tied for 10th-most among Cubs lefties since 1914 with Percy Jones. Lefty Tyler is ninth with 45 quality starts.

Here’s the lineup:

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

The Cubs are 10-22 on the road, 15-14 at Wrigley Field. Why? Here are some road vs. home numbers:

Road batting average:
Valbuena .268
Castro .268
Schierholtz .255
Bonifacio .252
Rizzo .230
Lake .229

Home batting average
Rizzo .327
Bonifacio .288
Castro .286
Schierholtz .182

– Carrie Muskat

5/30 Cubs lineup

Anthony Rizzo, who is 1-for-21 lifetime vs. Marco Estrada, is not starting Friday for the Cubs as they open a three-game series at Miller Park against the Brewers. Rizzo has started the Cubs’ previous 51 games at first. Travis Wood gets the start and is looking to become the fourth Cubs pitcher to win five games in May in the last 20 seasons, joining Sean Marshall and Carlos Silva, who both did so in 2010, and Kevin Foster, who won five in 1997.

Here’s the lineup:

Bonifacio 2B
Lake CF
Valbuena 3B
Castro SS
Ruggiano LF
Castillo C
Schierholtz RF
Olt 1B
T. Wood P

5/21 Looking ahead: Cubs vs. Padres

After Wednesday’s game, the Cubs head west to play a four-game series against the Padres. Here are the pitching matchups:

Thursday: RHP Jake Arrieta (0-0, 2.70) vs. LHP Eric Stults (2-4, 4.50)
Friday: RHP Edwin Jackson (3-3, 3.98) vs. LHP Robbie Erlin (3-4, 4.53)
Saturday: LHP Travis Wood (4-4, 4.61) vs. TBD
Sunday: RHP Jason Hammel (5-2, 2.91) vs. RHP Ian Kennedy (2-6, 3.79)

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