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Cubs sign LHP Jorge De La Rosa

The Chicago Cubs have signed left-handed pitcher Jorge De La Rosa to a 2018 major league deal. To make room for De La Rosa on the 25-man roster, left-handed pitcher Randy Rosario has been optioned to Triple-A Iowa.

De La Rosa, who will wear uniform number 29, will be available for the Cubs this afternoon when they begin a three-game series against the Washington Nationals at Wrigley Field.

The Chicago Cubs have signed left-handed pitcher Jorge De La Rosa to a 2018 major league deal. To make room for De La Rosa on the 25-man roster, left-handed pitcher Randy Rosario has been optioned to Triple-A Iowa.

De La Rosa, who will wear uniform number 29, will be available for the Cubs this afternoon when they begin a three-game series against the Washington Nationals at Wrigley Field.

To make room for De La Rosa on the 40-man roster, right-handed pitcher Yu Darvish has been transferred to the 60-day disabled list.

De La Rosa, 37, went 0-2 with six holds and a 4.63 ERA (18 ER/35.0 IP) in 42 relief appearances with Arizona this season. His 2018 season has been marred by one outing on July 11 in Colorado when he allowed seven runs in 1.2 innings of relief. De La Rosa has turned in a 2.97 ERA (11 ER/33.1 IP) in his other 41 outings this year. He has pitched scoreless ball in 32 of 42 outings and allowed one run or fewer in 39 of his 42 appearances. Overall, De La Rosa has limited left-handed hitters to a .220 average (13-for-59) this year.

The lefthander has spent all or part of 15 seasons in the majors with four different clubs, going 104-87 with 29 holds and a 4.63 ERA (772 ER/1,501.2 IP) in 413 appearances, including 241 starts, with Milwaukee (2004-06), Kansas City (2006-07), Colorado (2008-16) and Arizona (2017-18).

De La Rosa has pitched exclusively in relief with the Diamondbacks the past two seasons (107 appearances) after seeing 241 of his first 306 outings in his first 13 big league seasons occur as a starter.

Rosario, 24, is 4-0 with seven holds and a 3.00 ERA (11 ER/33.0 IP) in 28 relief appearances with the Cubs this season. With Iowa, he has no record and a 0.46 ERA (1 ER/19.2 IP) in 12 outings.

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Cubs to host Nationals August 10-12, Brewers August 14-15

Five-game homestand to include promotional items, 5th Chef Series and a kids Sunday giveaway

CHICAGO - The Chicago Cubs return to Wrigley Field for a five-game homestand against the Washington Nationals August 10-12 and division rival Milwaukee Brewers August 14-15.

The homestand includes two Community Nights presented by PEAK in the ballpark: Back to School Night and Summer Camp Day. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.cubs.com/communitynights.

CHICAGO - The Chicago Cubs return to Wrigley Field for a five-game homestand against the Washington Nationals August 10-12 and division rival Milwaukee Brewers August 14-15.

The homestand includes two Community Nights presented by PEAK in the ballpark: Back to School Night and Summer Camp Day. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.cubs.com/communitynights.

On Wednesday, August 15, fans will be treated to a special preview of the Chicago Air and Water Show, when the Leap Frogs, the official parachute team of the United States Navy, parachute into Wrigley Field during the performance of the national anthem.

Highlights of the homestand follow.

Food and Beverage Offerings:
The Chicago Cubs and hospitality partner Levy continue their crowd-pleasing Chef Series presented by Maker's Mark for a second year with an expanded lineup of local celebrity chefs. Fans can expect a dynamic menu of offerings inspired by the chefs' signature items and their take on ballpark favorites.

Debuting this year, Honey Butter Fried Chicken chef/owners Christine Cikowski and Josh Kulp will feature ballpark classics amped up with their signature fried chicken along with mouthwatering sides August 10-15. Fans can enjoy the following menu at the Sheffield Corner near the Wintrust Right Field Gate:

• Fried Chicken Strips with Honey Butter™
• Fried Chicken Nachos with fried chicken, pimento cheese, tortilla chips, lime crema, corn pico de gallo and candied jalapeños
• Pimento Mac and Cheese with Wisconsin cheddar and breadcrumbs
• "The OG" Fried Chicken Sandwich with fried chicken strips, candied jalapeño mayo and crunchy slaw
• Cherry Hill Pop - Maker's Mark Bourbon, lemonade and hand-made cherry syrup

Hot Doug's continues its rotating selections on Platform 14, located behind the center field scoreboard in the Budweiser Bleachers. Served this homestand are the Pete LaCock, a ribeye steak sausage with horseradish cream and blue cheese; the Bill Bonham, an atomic pork sausage with cherry marmalade and smoked gouda cheese; and the Rick Reuschel, a spicy Vienna Beef sausage with jalapeño mustard, pepper jack cheese and crispy fried onions.

Cubs Charities and Community Events:
Cubs manager Joe Maddon will once again support Chicago nonprofit organizations through his "Respect Community" charity T-shirt initiative. After every Friday home game, Maddon represents a local nonprofit organization by wearing their T-shirt during his postgame press conference. On Friday, August 10, Maddon will represent Coming up Rosies, a nonprofit organization dedicated to restoring confidence, happiness and pride in children during their medical journey through art therapy programs in hospitals.

On Saturday, August 11, Albert and Krystal Almora, in partnership with PAWS Chicago, will host Almora's Adoption Day at Gallagher Way starting at 10 a.m. CDT. Fans looking to adopt a dog are encouraged to come to Gallagher Way and meet some of the loving dogs looking for a home. Almora's Adoption Day is in partnership with PAWS Chicago to help alleviate the number of dogs in shelters and connect them with caring families. Seven dogs will be available for adoption at the event. PAWS encourages potential adopters to bring all family members, including children and any resident dogs, to meet their new dog.

Homestand Details August 10-August 15:

Friday, August 10, Chicago Cubs vs. Washington Nationals, 1:20 p.m. CDT
• Promotion: Cubs Shirt presented by Budweiser, up to the first 5,000 early arriving Budweiser Bleacher adults age 21 and older
• First pitch and 7th inning stretch: Former Cubs pitcher and 1984 NL Cy Young Award Winner Rick Sutcliffe
• Broadcast: NBC Sports Chicago, MLB Network, 670 The Score, WRTO 1200, Cubs.com

Saturday, August 11, Chicago Cubs vs. Washington Nationals, 3:05 p.m. CDT
• First pitch and 7th inning stretch: Former Notre Dame Men's Basketball head coach Digger Phelps
• National anthem: Atlantic Records recording artist and Chicago native Josie Dunne
• Broadcast: ABC 7, Fox Sports 1, 670 The Score, Cubs.com

Sunday, August 12, Chicago Cubs vs. Washington Nationals, 7:05 p.m. CDT
• Promotion: Cubs Lunch Bag presented by Mastercard, up to the first 5,000 early arriving children age 13 and younger
• First pitch and 7th inning stretch: Alternative rock band and Chicago natives The Smashing Pumpkins
• Broadcast: ESPN, 670 The Score, Cubs.com

Tuesday, August 14, Chicago Cubs vs. Milwaukee Brewers, 1:20 p.m. CDT
• Promotion: Cubs Duffel Bag presented by Jim Beam, up to the first 10,000 early arriving adults age 21 and older
• Community Night presented by PEAK: Back to School Night
• Broadcast: NBC Sports Chicago, MLB Network, 670 The Score, Cubs.com

Wednesday, August 15, Chicago Cubs vs. Milwaukee Brewers, 1:20 p.m. CDT
• Promotion: Kyle Hendricks Bobblehead presented by Las Vegas, up to the first 10,000 early arriving fans
• Pregame: The United States Navy Parachute Team
• First pitch: Honey Butter Fried Chicken owner and chef Josh Kulp
• 7th inning stretch: Former Cubs pitcher Ryan Dempster
• Community Night presented by PEAK: Summer Camp Day
• Broadcast: WGN, MLB Network, 670 The Score, Cubs.com

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Cubs name INF Jared Young, RHP Erick Leal Minor League Player, Pitcher of the Month for July

The Chicago Cubs today named Single-A Myrtle Beach infielder Jared Young and right-handed pitcher Erick Leal the organization's minor league player and pitcher of the month for July, respectively.  

Young, 23, split the month between Single-A South Bend and Myrtle Beach, batting a combined .350 (35-for-100) with four doubles, four homers and 17 RBI in 27 games. He appeared in six games with South Bend to begin the month, going 10-for-22 (.455) with one homer and four RBI, earning a promotion to Myrtle Beach, July 7. With the Pelicans, he continued his hot stretch as he hit .321 (25-for-78) with two doubles, three homers and 13 RBI in 21 games to close out July. 

The Chicago Cubs today named Single-A Myrtle Beach infielder Jared Young and right-handed pitcher Erick Leal the organization's minor league player and pitcher of the month for July, respectively.  

Young, 23, split the month between Single-A South Bend and Myrtle Beach, batting a combined .350 (35-for-100) with four doubles, four homers and 17 RBI in 27 games. He appeared in six games with South Bend to begin the month, going 10-for-22 (.455) with one homer and four RBI, earning a promotion to Myrtle Beach, July 7. With the Pelicans, he continued his hot stretch as he hit .321 (25-for-78) with two doubles, three homers and 13 RBI in 21 games to close out July. 

Named the Cubs Minor League Player of the Month for the second-consecutive month, Young is batting .307 (107-for-349) with 15 doubles, six triples, 14 homers and 67 RBI in 94 games this season between South Bend and Myrtle Beach. In 25 games with Myrtle Beach, his first stint at the High-A Level, he is batting .289 (26-for-90) with two doubles, four homers and 14 RBI. Named a mid-season Midwest League All-Star, Young has appeared in 66 games at first base, 17 games in left field and two games at second base this season. 

Selected by Chicago in the 15th round of the 2017 Draft out of Old Dominion University, Young owns a .292 career batting average (143-for-489) with 21 doubles, seven triples, 15 homers, 82 RBI and 39 walks, contributing to a .354 on-base percentage in 133 games.

Leal, 23, did not allow an earned run in 22.2 innings in July. The right-handed pitcher went 1-0 in seven games, including two starts, and allowed just two unearned runs, while striking out 25, walking one and surrendering eight hits. He was named Carolina League Pitcher of the Week for July 23-29 after allowing just two hits and no walks in 8.1-scoreless innings. 

A native of Venezuela, Leal has gone 1-1 with a 1.10 ERA (6 ER/49.0 IP) in 17 games, including six starts, this season. He has walked just eight batters, contributing to a 0.67 WHIP. Leal made his season debut, May 25, after beginning the season on the disabled list as he continued to recover from a right elbow injury which caused him to miss the entire 2017 season.  

In his sixth pro season, Leal has gone 37-19 with a 3.05 ERA (155 ER/456.2 IP) in 101 games pitched, including 79 starts. He signed as a non-drafted free agent with Arizona in September of 2011, and was acquired by Chicago in a February 2013 trade that sent outfielder Tony Campana to the Diamondbacks.

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Cubs extend PDC agreement with Single-A Eugene

The Chicago Cubs have agreed with Eugene Emeralds on a four-year Player Development Contract extension through the 2022 season. The current agreement runs through the 2018 campaign.

"We started this partnership with the Eugene organization in 2015, and have really enjoyed seeing the work Allan Benavides and the Emeralds front office have done to help develop our young players both on and off the field," said Jason McLeod, the Cubs Senior Vice President of Scouting and Player Development. "Additionally, Eugene continues to offer our players the best facilities to be found at the short-season level, and we are pleased this relationship will continue through at least the 2022 season."

The Chicago Cubs have agreed with Eugene Emeralds on a four-year Player Development Contract extension through the 2022 season. The current agreement runs through the 2018 campaign.

"We started this partnership with the Eugene organization in 2015, and have really enjoyed seeing the work Allan Benavides and the Emeralds front office have done to help develop our young players both on and off the field," said Jason McLeod, the Cubs Senior Vice President of Scouting and Player Development. "Additionally, Eugene continues to offer our players the best facilities to be found at the short-season level, and we are pleased this relationship will continue through at least the 2022 season."

"We are incredibly excited to continue our relationship with the Cubs, as they have been tremendous in their support of our organization in Eugene," said Allan Benavides, General Manager of the Ems. "We have enjoyed unprecedented success in the past four seasons and look forward to even more in the near future."

Eugene was previously a Cubs affiliate in the 1999-2000 seasons.

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Cubs add RHP Brandon Kintzler to active roster

PITTSBURGH -- The Chicago Cubs today added right-handed pitcher Brandon Kintzler to the active 25-man roster. Left-handed pitcher Randy Rosario has been optioned to Triple-A Iowa.

Kinztler, who today celebrates his 34th birthday, will wear uniform number 20 and be available for tonight's game against the Pirates at PNC Park.

PITTSBURGH -- The Chicago Cubs today added right-handed pitcher Brandon Kintzler to the active 25-man roster. Left-handed pitcher Randy Rosario has been optioned to Triple-A Iowa.

Kinztler, who today celebrates his 34th birthday, will wear uniform number 20 and be available for tonight's game against the Pirates at PNC Park.

Kintzler, yesterday acquired from the Nationals, is 1-2 with 15 holds, two saves and a 3.59 ERA (17 ER/42.2 IP) in 45 relief appearances with Washington this season. The righthander has turned in a 1.88 ERA (3 ER/14.1 IP) in 14 outings in more than a month since returning from the disabled list on June 25, issuing only one walk while turning in a 0.77 WHIP and .192 batting average against in that span. Going back further, Kintzler has posted a 2.33 ERA (10 ER/38.2 IP) in 41 outings beginning April 11 after allowing seven runs in his first four outings of the year (4.0 IP).  

Overall this season, Kintzler is limiting foes to a .253 batting average against, including a .242 mark vs. left-handed hitters and a .261 mark vs. righthanders. He also has a 1.99 ERA (5 ER/22.2 IP) in his 23 outings on the road and a 2.84 ERA (2 ER/6.1 IP) against N.L. Central competition, his lowest mark against any division.

The 2017 American League All-Star with Minnesota combined to go 4-3 with 29 saves, 10 holds and a 3.03 ERA (24 ER/71.1 IP) in 72 relief outings between the Twins and Nationals, as he was acquired by Washington at the trade deadline last year. He was a closer his last two seasons with the Twins before pitching in a set-up role with the Nationals the last two seasons.

Kintzler has spent all or part of nine seasons in the majors and gone 15-16 with 48 saves, 63 holds and a 3.30 ERA (128 ER/349.1 IP) in 343 appearances, all in relief, with Milwaukee (2010-15), Minnesota (2016-17) and Washington (2017-18). 

Rosario, 24, is 4-0 with a 1.97 ERA (7 ER/32.0 IP) in 26 relief appearances for the Cubs this season. Claimed off waivers from Minnesota in November of last year, he has no record and a 0.47 ERA (1 ER/19.1 IP) in 12 games with Iowa this season.

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Chicago Cubs to host San Diego Padres Aug. 2-5

Four-game homestand to include promotional items, fourth Chef Series and a Kids Sunday

The Chicago Cubs return to Wrigley Field for a four-game homestand against the San Diego Padres August 2-5. Highlights of the homestand follow.

Food and Beverage Offerings:

The Chicago Cubs return to Wrigley Field for a four-game homestand against the San Diego Padres August 2-5. Highlights of the homestand follow.

Food and Beverage Offerings:

The Chicago Cubs and hospitality partner Levy continue their crowd-pleasing Chef Series presented by Maker's Mark for a second year with an expanded lineup of local celebrity chefs. Fans can expect a dynamic menu of offerings inspired by the chefs' signature items and their take on ballpark favorites.

Returning this year with items from his new neighborhood restaurant Mordecai, Matthias Merges brings global cuisine to Wrigley Field August 2-5 at the Sheffield Corner near the Wintrust Right Field Gate.  

The following menu items will be served during his time at Wrigley Field:

•    Cornflake Chicken -- A twice-fried chicken with pimento cheese dipping sauce
•    Mordecai Bleacher Burger -- Double quarter pounder Slagel Family Farm beef patties with Deer Creek aged cheddar cheese and an heirloom tomato on a toasted brioche bun
•    Mordecai Goat Brat -- A Slagel Family Farm goat brat with caramelized sauerkraut, arugula and house-made beer mustard
•    Dirty Fries -- Skin-on french fries loaded with Chinese sausage gravy
•    Maker's Mark Bourbon Mule

Hot Doug's continues its rotating selections on Platform 14, located behind the center field scoreboard in the Budweiser Bleachers. Served this homestand are the Pete LaCock, a ribeye steak sausage with horseradish cream and blue cheese; the Bill Bonham, an atomic pork sausage with cherry marmalade and smoked gouda cheese; and the Rick Reuschel, a spicy Vienna Beef sausage with jalapeño mustard, pepper jack cheese and crispy fried onions.

Cubs Charities and Community Events:

On Thursday, August 2, Kyle Schwarber will host the children of fallen Chicago Fire Department diver Juan Bucio pregame as well as during the game. Before the game, Josh (10) and Jacob (8) will deliver the official scorecard to the umpires. 

Cubs manager Joe Maddon will once again support Chicago nonprofit organizations through his "Respect Community" charity T-shirt initiative. After every Friday home game, Maddon will represent a different Chicago nonprofit by wearing the organization's T-shirt during his postgame press conference. Joe Maddon's "Respect Community" shirt Friday, August 3, is Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities, or, RBI, a Major League Baseball youth outreach program designed to increase participation and interest in baseball and softball; encourage academic achievement; increase the number of talented athletes prepared to play in college and minor leagues; and teach the value of teamwork. 

On Sunday, August 5, Cubs Charities' under 18 girls fast pitch softball league will close out their inaugural season with an All-Star game at Horner Park starting at 11 a.m. CDT followed by the league championship game at 1 p.m. CDT and awards ceremony at 3 p.m. CDT. 

Homestand Details August 2-August 5:

Thursday, August 2, Chicago Cubs vs. San Diego Padres, 7:05 p.m.
•   Broadcast: NBC Sports Chicago, 670 The Score, Cubs.com

Friday, August 3, Chicago Cubs vs. San Diego Padres, 1:20 p.m.
•   Promotion: Cubs Umbrella Hat presented by Budweiser, up to the first 5,000 early arriving Budweiser Bleacher adults age 21 and older
•   First pitch: Chicago Bulls 2018 NBA Draft first-round pick Wendell Carter Jr. 
•   National anthem: Musician and Chicago native John Splithoff
•   Broadcast: NBC Sports Chicago, MLB Network, 670 The Score, WRTO 1200, Cubs.com

Saturday, August 4, Chicago Cubs vs. San Diego Padres, 1:20 p.m.
•   First pitch and 7th inning stretch: Actor and Chicago native Joel Murray
•   Broadcast: NBC Sports Chicago, 670 The Score, Cubs.com

Sunday, August 5, Chicago Cubs vs. San Diego Padres, 1:20 p.m.
•   Promotion: Cubs Baseball Wristbands presented by Mastercard, up to the first 5,000 early arriving children age 13 and younger
•   First pitch and 7th inning stretch: Cast of Showtime's Shameless Ethan Cutkosky, Shanola Hampton, Emmy Rossum and Jeremy Allen White
•   Broadcast: WGN, 670 The Score, Cubs.com
•   Postgame: Kids Run the Bases, first 1,000 children age 13 and younger

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Cubs acquire RHP Brandon Kintzler from Washington

PITTSBURGH - The Chicago Cubs today acquired right-handed pitcher Brandon Kintzler from the Washington Nationals for minor league right-handed pitcher Jhon Romero.

To make room for Kintzler on the 40-man roster, right-handed pitcher Justin Hancock has been transferred to the 60-day disabled list.

PITTSBURGH - The Chicago Cubs today acquired right-handed pitcher Brandon Kintzler from the Washington Nationals for minor league right-handed pitcher Jhon Romero.

To make room for Kintzler on the 40-man roster, right-handed pitcher Justin Hancock has been transferred to the 60-day disabled list.

Kintzler, who turns 34 tomorrow, is 1-2 with 15 holds, two saves and a 3.59 ERA (17 ER/42.2 IP) in 45 relief appearances with Washington this season. The righthander has turned in a 1.88 ERA (3 ER/14.1 IP) in 14 outings in more than a month since returning from the disabled list on June 25, issuing only one walk while turning in a 0.77 WHIP and .192 batting average against in that span. Going back further, Kintzler has posted a 2.33 ERA (10 ER/38.2 IP) in 41 outings beginning April 11 after allowing seven runs in his first four outings of the year (4.0 IP).

Overall this season, Kintzler is limiting foes to a .253 batting average against, including a .242 mark vs. left-handed hitters and a .261 mark vs. righthanders. He also has a 1.99 ERA (5 ER/22.2 IP) in his 23 outings on the road and a 2.84 ERA (2 ER/6.1 IP) against N.L. Central competition, his lowest mark against any division.

The 2017 American League All-Star with Minnesota combined to go 4-3 with 29 saves, 10 holds and a 3.03 ERA (24 ER/71.1 IP) in 72 relief outings between the Twins and Nationals, as he was acquired by Washington at the trade deadline a year ago today. He was a closer his last two seasons with the Twins before pitching in a set-up role with the Nationals the last two seasons.

Kintzler has spent all or part of nine seasons in the majors and gone 15-16 with 48 saves, 63 holds and a 3.30 ERA (128 ER/349.1 IP) in 343 appearances, all in relief, with Milwaukee (2010-15), Minnesota (2016-17) and Washington (2017-18).

Romero, 23, is 1-2 with nine saves and a 3.27 ERA (16 ER/44.0 IP) in 32 relief outings with Single-A Myrtle Beach this season. He signed with the Cubs as a non-drafted free agent in 2015.

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Cubs add LHP Cole Hamels to active roster

ST. LOUIS -- The Chicago Cubs today added left-handed pitcher Cole Hamels to the active 25-man roster. Right-handed pitcher Cory Mazzoni has been optioned to Triple-A Iowa.

Hamels, who will wear uniform number 35, is scheduled to make his first start for the Cubs on Wednesday in Pittsburgh.

ST. LOUIS -- The Chicago Cubs today added left-handed pitcher Cole Hamels to the active 25-man roster. Right-handed pitcher Cory Mazzoni has been optioned to Triple-A Iowa.

Hamels, who will wear uniform number 35, is scheduled to make his first start for the Cubs on Wednesday in Pittsburgh.

Acquired from Texas on Friday, Hamels is a four-time All-Star with a 152-111 record and 3.43 ERA (944 ER/2,476.2 IP) in 383 career appearances (382 starts) covering 13 major league seasons with the Philadelphia Phillies (2006-15) and Texas Rangers (2015-18). The 2008 World Series and NLCS MVP is 7-6 with a 3.48 ERA (38 ER/98.1 IP) in 16 career post-season starts. Hamels has one career solo no-hitter, tossed on July 25, 2015 against the Cubs at Wrigley Field in his final start as a member of the Phillies before being traded to the Rangers six days later.

The 34-year-old southpaw has reached double digits in victories in nine seasons, including the last three in a row into 2018, and ranks sixth among active pitchers with 2,341 strikeouts, eighth with 152 wins, ninth with a 1.17 WHIP and 13th with a 3.43 ERA, which is fourth lowest among all active left-handed pitchers and just ahead of new teammate Jon Lester (3.49 career ERA). Hamels is 33-15 (.688) with a 2.94 ERA (155 ER/474.1 IP) in 71 career starts against N.L. Central competition, his lowest ERA and best winning percentage against any of the six divisions throughout baseball.

The 6-foot-4, 205-pound Hamels went 5-9 with a 4.72 ERA (60 ER/114.1 IP) in 20 starts with the Rangers this season, fanning 114 batters in 114.1 innings. He owns a 2.93 ERA on the road, which is tied for 12th-lowest in all of baseball, would tie for sixth-lowest in the National League and is the best road ERA among any Cub starting pitcher this year. Hamels is 3-1 with a 1.76 ERA (13 ER/41.0 IP) in six career starts at Wrigley Field, the lowest ERA of any active pitcher with more than five career starts at the Friendly Confines.

Mazzoni, 27, is 1-0 with a 1.04 ERA (1 ER/8.2 IP) in eight relief outings with the Cubs this season. With Iowa, he has gone 4-3 with four saves and a 4.86 ERA (18 ER/33.1 IP) in 24 relief appearances.

Bullpen coach Lester Strode, who was wearing uniform number 35, has switched to 00.

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Cubs recall right-hander Cory Mazzoni

ST. LOUIS -- The Chicago Cubs today recalled right-handed pitcher Cory Mazzoni from Triple-A Iowa. Right-handed pitcher Alec Mills has been optioned to Iowa.

Mazzoni will be available for the Cubs this afternoon as they continue their three-game set against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium.

ST. LOUIS -- The Chicago Cubs today recalled right-handed pitcher Cory Mazzoni from Triple-A Iowa. Right-handed pitcher Alec Mills has been optioned to Iowa.

Mazzoni will be available for the Cubs this afternoon as they continue their three-game set against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium.

The 28-year-old Mazzoni joins the Cubs for the fourth time this season, as he has gone 1-0 with a 1.17 ERA (1 ER/7.2 IP) in seven relief outings during his previous stays on May 7, May 30-June 11 and June 24-26. He has gone 4-3 with four saves and a 4.86 ERA (18 ER/33.1 IP) in 24 relief appearances with Iowa this season. The righthander has made 21 career major league relief appearances with San Diego (2015, 2017) and the Cubs (2018), going 1-0 with a 12.21 ERA (33 ER/24.1 IP).

Overall, Mazzoni is 31-18 with 11 saves and a 3.88 ERA (172 ER/399.1 IP) in 140 career minor league appearances, 53 as a starter. Mazzoni was claimed off waivers by the Cubs on November 6, 2017 from the San Diego Padres, was claimed off waivers by the Los Angeles Dodgers on March 27 and claimed off waivers again by the Cubs on March 29.

Mazzoni is a native of Evans City, Penn. and was originally selected by the New York Mets in the second round of the 2011 Draft out of North Carolina State University.

Mills, 26, pitched 2.0 perfect innings for the Cubs last night, fanning two in his first big league action since the 2016 campaign. He has gone 4-10 with a 4.79 ERA (55 ER/103.1 IP) in 19 starts with Iowa this season.

 

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Cubs recall righthander Alec Mills

The Chicago Cubs today recalled right-handed pitcher Alec Mills from Triple-A Iowa. Mills, who will wear uniform number 24, will be available for the Cubs tonight when they begin their three-game series against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium.

Mills, 26, has gone 4-10 with a 4.79 ERA (55 ER/103.1 IP) in 19 starts with Iowa this season. He returns to the big leagues for the first time since 2016, when he made three relief appearances for the Kansas City Royals, posting no record and a 13.50 ERA (5 ER/3.1 IP). Mills was acquired by the Cubs on February 8, 2017 from the Royals for minor league outfielder Donnie Dewees.

The Chicago Cubs today recalled right-handed pitcher Alec Mills from Triple-A Iowa. Mills, who will wear uniform number 24, will be available for the Cubs tonight when they begin their three-game series against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium.

Mills, 26, has gone 4-10 with a 4.79 ERA (55 ER/103.1 IP) in 19 starts with Iowa this season. He returns to the big leagues for the first time since 2016, when he made three relief appearances for the Kansas City Royals, posting no record and a 13.50 ERA (5 ER/3.1 IP). Mills was acquired by the Cubs on February 8, 2017 from the Royals for minor league outfielder Donnie Dewees.

The 6-foot-4, 190-pound Mills was originally selected by the Royals in the 22nd round of the 2012 Draft out of the University of Tennessee at Martin. He was limited to seven minor league starts due to injury last year across three levels of the Cubs system, going 2-1 with a 2.57 ERA (8 ER/28.0 IP).  

In 2016, his last full campaign, Mills combined to go 5-5 with a 3.22 ERA (45 ER/125.2 IP) in 24 appearances, all but one as a starter, between Kansas City's Double-A Northwest Arkansas and Triple-A Omaha affiliates. He went 1-2 with a 2.39 ERA (18 ER/67.2 IP) in 12 starts in Double-A to earn Texas League mid-season All-Star honors and a promotion to Triple-A, where he went 4-3 with a 4.19 ERA (27 ER/58.0 IP) in 12 appearances, 11 as a starter.

The Clarksville, Tenn., native is 25-33 with nine saves and a 3.35 ERA (195 ER/523.2 IP) in seven minor league campaigns in the Royals and Cubs organizations.

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Cubs acquire LHP Cole Hamels from Texas

The Chicago Cubs today acquired left-handed pitcher Cole Hamels and a cash consideration from the Texas Rangers for right-handed pitcher Eddie Butler, minor league right-handed pitcher Rollie Lacy and a player to be named.

Hamels, 34, is a four-time All-Star with a 152-111 record and 3.43 ERA (944 ER/2,476.2 IP) in 383 career appearances (382 starts) covering 13 major league seasons with the Philadelphia Phillies (2006-15) and Texas Rangers (2015-18). The 2008 World Series and NLCS MVP is 7-6 with a 3.48 ERA (38 ER/98.1 IP) in 16 career post-season starts. Hamels has one career solo no-hitter, tossed on July 25, 2015 against the Cubs at Wrigley Field in his final start as a member of the Phillies before being traded to the Rangers six days later.

The Chicago Cubs today acquired left-handed pitcher Cole Hamels and a cash consideration from the Texas Rangers for right-handed pitcher Eddie Butler, minor league right-handed pitcher Rollie Lacy and a player to be named.

Hamels, 34, is a four-time All-Star with a 152-111 record and 3.43 ERA (944 ER/2,476.2 IP) in 383 career appearances (382 starts) covering 13 major league seasons with the Philadelphia Phillies (2006-15) and Texas Rangers (2015-18). The 2008 World Series and NLCS MVP is 7-6 with a 3.48 ERA (38 ER/98.1 IP) in 16 career post-season starts. Hamels has one career solo no-hitter, tossed on July 25, 2015 against the Cubs at Wrigley Field in his final start as a member of the Phillies before being traded to the Rangers six days later.

The southpaw has reached double digits in victories in nine seasons, including the last three in a row into 2018, and ranks sixth among active pitchers with 2,341 strikeouts, eighth with 152 wins, ninth with a 1.17 WHIP and 13th with a 3.43 ERA, which is fourth lowest among all active left-handed pitchers and just ahead of new teammate Jon Lester (3.49 career ERA). Hamels is 33-15 (.688) with a 2.94 ERA (155 ER/474.1 IP) in 71 career starts against N.L. Central competition, his lowest ERA and best winning percentage against any of the six divisions throughout baseball.

The 6-foot-4, 205-pound Hamels is 5-9 with a 4.72 ERA (60 ER/114.1 IP) in 20 starts with the Rangers this season, fanning 114 batters in 114.1 innings. He owns a 2.93 ERA on the road, which is tied for 12th-lowest in all of baseball, would tie for sixth-lowest in the National League and is the best road ERA among any Cub starting pitcher this year. Hamels is 3-1 with a 1.76 ERA (8 ER/41.0 IP) in six career starts at Wrigley Field, the lowest ERA of any active pitcher with more than five career starts at the Friendly Confines.

Hamels most recently earned All-Star honors in 2016 when he went 15-5 with a 3.32 ERA (74 ER/200.2 IP) in 32 starts with the Rangers, his eighth season reaching 200.0 innings and his ninth season reaching 30 starts. He also earned All-Star honors in 2007, 2011 and 2012, when he set a career high with 17 wins and 216 strikeouts. Last year, Hamels went 11-6 with a 4.20 ERA (69 ER/148.0 IP) in 24 starts with Texas.

A native of San Diego, Hamels broke into the big leagues with the Phillies in 2006 at the age of 22. He earned his first All-Star honor in 2007 (15-5, 3.39 ERA) and in 2008 helped lead Philadelphia to its first World Championship since 1980. He would help the Phillies reach the World Series again in 2009, as Philadelphia remains the last N.L. club to reach the World Series in consecutive campaigns. Hamels was originally selected by the Phillies in the first round (17th overall) of the 2002 Draft.

Butler, 27, went 1-1 with 4.08 ERA (8 ER/17.2 IP) in eight relief appearances with the Cubs this season. He was acquired from Colorado on February 1, 2017 and went 5-4 with a 3.98 ERA (32 ER/72.1 IP) in 21 games (11 starts) with Chicago the last two seasons. Including his three seasons with the Rockies, Butler is 11-20 with a 5.71 ERA (147 ER/231.2 IP) in 57 career major league appearances, 39 as a starter and 18 in relief.

Lacy, 23, was selected by the Cubs in the 11th round of the 2017 Draft out of Creighton University. He has combined to go 5-2 with a 2.45 ERA (22 ER/80.2 IP) in 18 appearances (12 starts) between Single-A South Bend and Single-A Myrtle Beach this season.

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Cubs-Nationals August 12 game time announced

The Sunday, August 12 game vs. the Washington Nationals at Wrigley Field, previously listed as "TBD," has been selected for a national exclusive telecast by ESPN and is now scheduled to begin at 7:05 p.m. CDT.

 

The Sunday, August 12 game vs. the Washington Nationals at Wrigley Field, previously listed as "TBD," has been selected for a national exclusive telecast by ESPN and is now scheduled to begin at 7:05 p.m. CDT.

 

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Cubs place 3B Kris Bryant on 10-day DL, recall INF David Bote from Triple-A Iowa

The Chicago Cubs today placed third baseman Kris Bryant on the 10-day disabled list (retroactive to July 24) with left shoulder inflammation and recalled infielder David Bote from Triple-A Iowa. 

Bote will make the start at second base for the Cubs this afternoon as they conclude their four-game series against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Wrigley Field.

The Chicago Cubs today placed third baseman Kris Bryant on the 10-day disabled list (retroactive to July 24) with left shoulder inflammation and recalled infielder David Bote from Triple-A Iowa. 

Bote will make the start at second base for the Cubs this afternoon as they conclude their four-game series against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Wrigley Field.

The 25-year-old Bote returns to the majors for his fifth stint this season. He has batted .310 (13-for-42) with three doubles, one homer and nine RBI in 20 games with the Cubs, clubbing his first major league homer on July 4 vs. Detroit. In 61 games with Iowa, Bote has hit .268 (63-for-235) with 10 doubles, two triples, 13 homers and 41 RBI. 

Bote was originally selected by the Cubs in the 18th round of the 2012 Draft. He enjoyed a breakout season last year with Double-A Tennessee, batting .272 (128-for-470) with 30 doubles, three triples, 14 homers and 59 RBI in 127 games while turning in a .792 OPS to earn mid- and post-season Southern League All-Star honors. Bote continued his strong 2017 by hitting .333 (23-for-69) with four homers, 14 RBI and a .931 OPS in 19 games in the Arizona Fall League to earn All-Star honors.

Bryant, 26, is batting .276 (84-for-304) with 21 doubles, three triples, 11 home runs and 44 RBI in 76 games with the Cubs this season.

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Cubs activate right-hander Eddie Butler

The Chicago Cubs today activated right-handed pitcher Eddie Butler off of the 60-day disabled list. Right-handed pitcher Luke Farrell has been optioned to Triple-A Iowa.

Butler will be available for the Cubs tonight as they continue their four-game series against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Wrigley Field.

The Chicago Cubs today activated right-handed pitcher Eddie Butler off of the 60-day disabled list. Right-handed pitcher Luke Farrell has been optioned to Triple-A Iowa.

Butler will be available for the Cubs tonight as they continue their four-game series against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Wrigley Field.

The 27-year-old Butler was placed on the 10-day disabled list on April 20 with a right groin strain and was transferred to the 60-day disabled list on June 11. He made five rehab starts with Triple-A Iowa as part of his return (0-3, 8.10 ERA), most recently pitching on Thursday in Memphis and allowing just one run on four hits and no walks with one strikeout in 5.0 solid innings pitched.  

Butler was a member of Chicago's 2018 Opening Day roster and went 0-1 with a 4.30 ERA (7 ER/14.2 IP) in six relief outings before landing on the disabled list. He was acquired by the Cubs from the Rockies on February 1, 2017 and has gone 4-4 with a 4.02 ERA (31 ER/69.1 IP) in 19 games (11 starts) with Chicago the last two seasons. Including his three seasons with the Rockies, Butler is 10-20 with a 5.75 ERA (146 ER/228.2 IP) in 55 career major league appearances, 39 as a starter and 16 in relief.

Farrell, 27, has gone 3-4 with a 5.17 ERA (18 ER/31.1 IP) in 20 outings, including two starts, with the Cubs this season. With Iowa, he has gone 0-2 with a 4.39 ERA (13 ER/26.2 IP) in six starts.  

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Cubs announce roster moves for July 21

CHICAGO -- The Chicago Cubs today placed right-handed pitcher Anthony Bass on the 10-day disabled list with a right mid-thoracic strain and added right-handed pitcher Jesse Chavez to the 25-man roster. Right-handed pitcher Dillon Maples has been recalled from Triple-A Iowa and right-handed pitcher James Norwood has been optioned to Triple-A. Additionally, right-handed pitcher Luke Farrell has been added to the active roster as the "26th man" for today's doubleheader.

Chavez, who will wear uniform number 43, Farrell and Maples will all be available for the Cubs today for their day-night doubleheader against the St. Louis Cardinals at Wrigley Field.

CHICAGO -- The Chicago Cubs today placed right-handed pitcher Anthony Bass on the 10-day disabled list with a right mid-thoracic strain and added right-handed pitcher Jesse Chavez to the 25-man roster. Right-handed pitcher Dillon Maples has been recalled from Triple-A Iowa and right-handed pitcher James Norwood has been optioned to Triple-A. Additionally, right-handed pitcher Luke Farrell has been added to the active roster as the "26th man" for today's doubleheader.

Chavez, who will wear uniform number 43, Farrell and Maples will all be available for the Cubs today for their day-night doubleheader against the St. Louis Cardinals at Wrigley Field.

Chavez, 34, was acquired from Texas on Thursday for minor league left-handed pitcher Tyler Thomas. Chavez is 3-1 with three holds, one save and a 3.51 ERA (22 ER/56.1 IP) in 30 relief appearances with the Rangers this season. He has walked only 12 while striking out 50 in 56.1 innings, an average of only 1.9 walks per nine innings. Chavez has pitched more than an inning in 18 of his 30 appearances this year, including 2.0 or more innings in exactly half of his outings. He is 2-1 with one save and a 2.35 ERA (10 ER/38.1 IP) in his last 21 appearances starting May 4.

The righthander has spent all or part of 11 seasons in the majors with eight different clubs, going 36-52 with three saves and a 4.61 ERA (409 ER/799.0 IP) in 383 appearances, including 70 starts, with Pittsburgh (2008-09), Atlanta (2010), Kansas City (2010-11), Toronto (2012, 2016), Oakland (2012-15), the Dodgers (2016), the Angels (2017) and the Rangers (2018).

Farrell, 27, returns to the Cubs for the fourth time this season. He has gone 3-3 with a 3.86 ERA (12 ER/28.0 IP) in 19 games (one start) with Chicago this year, including a 2.25 ERA (2 ER/8.0 IP) in six relief outings during his most-recent stint from June 26-July 11. Farrell was previously on the active roster from April 20-May 6 and May 28-June 23. With Iowa this season, he has gone 0-2 with a 4.39 ERA (13 ER/26.2 IP) in six starts. 

The righthander made his major league debut last year with Kansas City and Cincinnati and is now 3-3 with a 4.39 ERA (13 ER/26.2 IP) in 29 career major league outings, all but two in relief.

Maples, 27, has gone 2-2 with seven saves and a 2.79 ERA (9 ER/29.0 IP) in 30 relief outings with Iowa this season. Maples has fanned 52 while walking 28 in 29.0 innings, and has limited opponents to a .158 average. In his last 16 Triple-A outings since May 25, he has allowed just one unearned run in 15.1 innings, striking out 30 while walking 11. He joins the Cubs for the third time this season (5 ER/2.2 IP, 16.88 ERA, two relief outings).  

Maples was originally selected by the Cubs in the 14th round of the 2011 Draft. He made his major league debut in the final month of last season, allowing six runs in six relief outings (5.1 IP). Overall, he is 15-19 with 31 saves and a 4.36 ERA (133 ER/274.2 IP) in 165 career appearances (all but 30 in relief) covering seven minor league seasons. Last year he struck out 100 batters in 63.1 innings across three minor league levels. 

Bass, 30, returns to the 10-day disabled list for the second time this season, having just been activated last Thursday after being out since July 8 due to illness. Bass has no record and a 2.93 ERA (5 ER/15.1 IP) in 16 relief appearances for the Cubs this season.

Norwood, 24, is 0-1 with a 3.86 ERA (1 ER/2.2 IP) in four relief outings with the Cubs this year. He has combined to go 1-2 with a 2.13 ERA (9 ER/38.0 IP) in 29 relief appearances in the minors between Iowa and Double-A Tennessee.

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