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Travis Wood is an All-Star but he won’t be able to pitch in the July 16 game. Wood is scheduled to start Sunday night against the Cardinals, and Major League Baseball has a rule that pitchers who start the Sunday before the game cannot pitch in it.
“Obviously, if there are no rain outs or anything like that, he’ll pitch Sunday, so obviously he won’t be able to pitch [in the All-Star Game],” Dale Sveum said. “The good thing about it is he’ll be pitching Sunday night, which is a pretty good venue for a guy who deserves as much as anybody to be in the [All-Star] Game, and to pitch Sunday night against the Cardinals leading into the All-Star Game is promoting the All-Star Game as much as anything. That’s about as good as you can get other than playing in it.”
The Cubs aren’t going to tweak the schedule so Wood can get one inning in the game, to be played at Citi Field.
“Hopefully, he gets to pitch in a lot more All-Star Games,” Sveum said. “He made the team, and it’s going to be a great experience. Whenever you go for the first time, it’s an unbelievable experience. Sunday night will be a good venue to let him showcase and let everybody know he’s in the All-Star Game.”
– Carrie Muskat
The Cubs wrap up Interleague play this week, facing the White Sox in a makeup game on Monday and then playing host to the Angels on Tuesday and Wednesday. Here are the pitching matchups:
Monday: RHP Matt Garza (4-1, 3.45) vs. LHP Hector Santiago (3-5, 3.50)
Tuesday: LHP Travis Wood (5-6, 2.69) vs. RHP Joe Blanton (2-10, 5.14)
Wednesday: RHP Jeff Samardzija (5-8, 3.54) vs. LHP C.J. Wilson (8-6, 3.57)
Alfonso Soriano hit a pair of two-run home runs to lead the Cubs to a 4-1 victory Saturday over the Pirates in front of 36,590 at Wrigley Field. Soriano recorded home runs No. 175 and 176 for the Cubs, and moved past Andre Dawson for sole possession of 12th place on the team’s all-time list. He now has 384 career home runs, tied with Harold Baines for 59th on MLB’s all-time list.
Edwin Jackson picked up the win, and now is 6-2 in 10 career starts against the Pirates.
* Javier Baez was promoted to Double-A Tennessee, and in his first game Saturday, he hit the first pitch for a home run.
“He owns that league,” Cubs manager Dale Sveum quipped.
* Before Saturday’s game at Wrigley, Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville brought the Stanley Cup to the ballpark. Coach Q met with Sveum and the players.
“Just to touch the Cup was pretty special,” Sveum said. “We got to see it a couple years ago when we were in Boston and they had the parade. To actually be next to it and take pictures, it was pretty special to be part of something like that. The guys can understand, it’s such a special trophy. It’s one of a kind and the tradition behind that Cup is off the charts.”
* Travis Wood was thrilled by his All-Star selection.
“I feel amazing,” Wood said. “It’s a goal you set as a player to try to play like an All-Star, be an All-Star and to be selected, it’s outstanding.”
* The Cubs have homered in their last eight home games, and in 17 of their last 19 games since May 18.
– Carrie Muskat
Travis Wood’s quality effort was rewarded on Saturday when the Cubs left-handed pitcher was named to his first All-Star Game. Wood will be the Cubs’ sole representative at the July 16 game, to be played at Citi Field, it was announced Saturday on the MLB All-Star Selection Show presented by Taco Bell.
Wood, 26, has gone from battling for a spot in the rotation to ranking among the Major League leaders in quality starts with 16, and being among the tops in the National League in ERA and batting average against. He just doesn’t have the wins to show for it. In his last six starts, Wood is 0-3 with a 2.58 ERA.
“It’s really remarkable when you think about where his command is now compared to 15 months ago — it’s night and day,” said Theo Epstein, Cubs president of baseball operations. “He deserves a ton of credit.”
Last year, shortstop Starlin Castro and first baseman/outfielder Bryan LaHair were the Cubs’ All-Star representatives. The last time a Cubs starting pitcher was named to the All-Star game was 2009 when lefty Ted Lilly was selected.
– Carrie Muskat
Travis Wood picked up his 16th quality start, but once again, he had nothing to show for it. The Athletics tallied on a passed ball charged to catcher Welington Castillo in the seventh inning to post a 1-0 victory Thursday over the Cubs, who mustered two hits in the game.
Matt Guerrier, who joined the Cubs on Wednesday from the Dodgers for Carlos Marmol, took over in the seventh from Wood and walked Derek Norris with two outs. Norris reached third on Seth Smith’s single and then scored on passed ball by Castillo, who was catching Guerrier for the first time.
“[Guerrier] made a good pitch and I think I just didn’t read it very good and it went through my legs,” Castillo said. “I’m not going to make an excuse. He made a really good pitch and I didn’t get a read.”
Wood held the A’s to three hits, and now is 0-3 with a 2.58 ERA in his last six starts.
“You just have to keep battling,” Wood said.
“He’s been our All-Star, no question about it,” Dale Sveum said of Wood. “He’s had some very unfortunate incidents and his earned run average would be quite a bit better than it is without some unfortunate, strange occurrences.”
Such as game-winning runs scoring on passed balls. On Sunday, Wood sounded frustrated that he hadn’t done more.
“I’ve got to figure out how to win the ballgames,” he said. “I’ve been able to keep them off balance and not score, but I have to help our team pull through and win the games.”
One thing the Cubs did learn in their first series in Oakland is not to run on left fielder Yoenis Cespedes. Starlin Castro was at second with one out in the fourth and tried to score on Alfonso Soriano’s single, but Cespedes threw him out at home.
“I thought he was [going to score],” Sveum said. “It seemed like a no brainer right off the bat. I don’t know what happened there.”
“It surprised me,” Castro said. “I ran hard right away. When I saw the ball hit, I went right away to home plate and he made a good throw.”
Castro had never seen Cespedes in the outfield.
“The guy made a great throw,” Castro said. “I thought I’d score easy. I never stopped, I never said to myself, ‘I’m out.’ I ran hard right away to second base. I was surprised I was out.”
Oakland starter Dan Straily, promoted from Triple-A Sacramento for the start, combined with Ryan Cook and Grant Balfour on a two-hitter.
Despite the loss, the Cubs finished with a winning road trip (5-4) and will have a winning record in Interleague Play (11-6) for the first time since 2007. At least they proved they could win west of the Mississippi River. Last season, the Cubs were 1-18 on the road against National League West teams, picking up their only win in the last game.
– Carrie Muskat
Travis Wood gets the start Thursday against the Athletics as the Cubs wrap up their road trip. Here’s the lineup:
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After an off day Monday, the Cubs play their first games ever in Oakland, beginning a three-game series on Tuesday. Here are the pitching matchups:
Tuesday: RHP Scott Feldman (7-6, 3.46) vs. RHP A.J. Griffin (6-6, 3.56)
Wednesday: RHP Matt Garza (3-1, 3.83) vs. RHP Bartolo Colon (11-2, 2.79)
Thursday: LHP Travis Wood (5-6, 2.85)vs. RHP Jarrod Parker (6-6, 4.27)
Once again, the Cubs wasted a quality outing by Travis Wood. Alfonso Soriano and Dioner Navarro each hit solo home runs but the Mariners rallied for two runs in the eighth and Mike Zunino hit a walkoff RBI single with one out in the 10th to post a 5-4 Interleague win over the Cubs Friday night.
“It’s a tough one today,” said Soriano, who connected in the seventh. “You just try to forget this game today and come back and win tomorrow.”
Carlos Marmol is gone but the Cubs bullpen continues to struggle. Chicago led 4-2 when Jason Bay walked to open the Seattle seventh and one out later, Wood was pulled for Carlos Villanueva. Zunino singled, and was forced at second on Brad Miller’s grounder, allowing Bay to score.
Nick Franklin doubled in the Mariners’ eighth against James Russell, and one out later, scored on Kendrys Morales’ double to close to 4-3. Raul Ibanez tripled to left past a diving Brian Bogusevic and Morales scored the tying run. Russell now is 0-for-5 in save opportunities.
“It was all set up for him against the lefties, turning the guys around, and he obviously, couldn’t get the ball down tonight,” Dale Sveum said.
With the game tied at 4 in the 10th, Blake Parker walked both Michael Saunders and Ibanez, and then exited. Shawn Camp entered, and the runners moved up on Bay’s sacrifice. Justin Smoak was intentionally walked to load the bases and Zunino lined a 3-2 pitch to center for the game-winning hit.
“I was just looking for something I could get up and elevate to the middle of the field,” Zunino said. “[Camp] usually throws a bunch of sliders so I was looking for one of those early. But he kept coming with the fastball, so with a 3-2 count I knew I had to stay aggressive. … With the infield playing in, I knew I got enough of it to get it through.”
Wood struck out six and walked two over 6 1/3 innings but did not get a decision. He is winless in his last five starts despite posting a quality start in each.
“Travis pitched a heck of a ballgame,” Sveum said. “It’s about as snakebit as you can get, getting him wins.”
The lefty ranks among the Major League leaders in quality starts, and has topped his 2012 season total, when he collected 14 of 26 outings.
“Things are going good in that aspect,” Wood said. “I feel I’m more advanced as a pitcher. I’m not just up there throwing. I have a game plan and how I want to attack hitters and the offspeed stuff is better and command is better. The arm side wasn’t there, and it made me battle.”
– Carrie Muskat
Alfonso Soriano is the DH tonight for the Cubs and Dioner Navarro gets a second straight start in the first game of an Interleague series against the Mariners in beautiful Seattle. Here’s the lineup:
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Before Saturday’s game, Cubs manager Dale Sveum joked that if he didn’t have to meet with the media post-game, he might have a chance to see the Blackhawks play in the Stanley Cup Final. As it turns out, the team could’ve spared him, and replayed quotes from past losses. Once again, the Cubs wasted a solid effort by one of their starting pitchers and missed scoring opportunities in a 4-3 loss to the Astros. J.D. Martinez hit a game-tying three-run homer in the sixth and Justin Maxwell scored the go-ahead run on a squeeze in the ninth inning to even the Interleague series in front of 38,870 at Wrigley Field.
“It’s a broken record,” Sveum said. “We can’t seem to get that hit to bust the game open in those situations. We get guys on and we just can’t get them in.”
With the game tied at 3 in the ninth against Kevin Gregg, Maxwell doubled to lead off and moved up on Matt Dominguez’s sacrifice. Ronny Cedeno then bunted toward first, and Maxwell sprinted home with the game-winning run. It was only the fourth time in 25 games that Gregg has given up a run.
The Cubs had a chance in the eighth. With one out, Alfonso Soriano doubled and Anthony Rizzo was intentionally walked. Soriano was then picked off at second on a close play, although it appeared that he got his hand on the base before the tag. Second base umpire David Rackley called Soriano out. The Cubs didn’t agree.
“I know it’s not an easy job they have, but when I get mad at something they call, it’s because I’m 100 percent [sure] I have the right call,” Soriano said. “I knew I was safe. It’s part of the game. I have a lot of respect for the umpires. He called me out and I got mad because I knew I was safe.”
The Cubs then loaded the bases, and Darwin Barney thought he had drawn a walk on a 3-1 pitch but instead home plate umpire Phil Cuzzi called a strike. Jose Cisnero then got Barney to fly out to center to end the inning.
“Soriano is safe at second so there’s a run, and the guy’s throwing the ball all over the place and Barney takes a 3-1 pitch and it’s eight inches inside, and instead it’s a pop up and an out,” Sveum said. “It’s a shame.”
Nate Schierholtz set a career high with his 10th home run and Luis Valbuena hit a two-run single for the Cubs, now 7-3 against American League teams this year. Travis Wood picked up his 14th quality start, most in the Major Leagues, but the lefty couldn’t snap a personal three-game losing streak.
Cubs starters now have posted quality starts in seven of the last nine games, and have won five of those nine games. The team also is 1-for-16 with runners in scoring position over the last four games, and batting .167 with RISP in the last 15.
“The whole year has been like that,” Soriano said. “We don’t get the big hit when we need it. It’s a little frustrating but we have to forget this game today and come back tomorrow and win the series tomorrow.”
– Carrie Muskat