Extra bases: Date set for doubleheader vs. Reds
SAN DIEGO -- The Cubs will play a make-up day/night doubleheader against the Reds on July 22 at Great American Ball Park. The extra game makes up for the April 25 game, which was postponed because of rain.
The first game will begin at 12:35 p.m. ET, and the second game will start at 6:10 p.m. ET.
• Infielder Tommy La Stella will be sidelined for more than a month with a strained right oblique. La Stella, who was on the disabled list with right-rib-cage inflammation, had begun a rehab assignment at Double-A Tennessee. He aggravated his side in his third game with the Smokies and went to Chicago to be examined.
• Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein and television broadcaster Len Kasper will combine music and baseball at Wrigleyville's Metro on July 9 for the fourth annual Hot Stove Cool Music Chicago benefit concert. The fundraiser, which benefits Epstein's Foundation To Be Named Later (FTBNL), will feature ensemble performances by a special headliner to be named later and noted rockers from Chicago and Boston. The lineup includes Jimmy Chamberlin (Smashing Pumpkins), John Stirratt (Wilco), Daxx Nielsen (Cheap Trick), Jennifer Hall, Matt Spiegel and Curt Morrison (Tributosaurus), Freda Love Smith (The Blake Babies, Mysteries of Life), Jake Smith (Mysteries of Life), Gerald Dowd, Jason Narducy (Split Single, Bob Mould) and more. Epstein, Kasper and Peter Gammons will also perform with the bands. WXRT's Lin Brehmer, actor Joel Murray and actor/comedian Mike O'Malley will serve as the evening's emcees.
Tickets go on sale Friday at 12 p.m. CT. General admission tickets are $75, and there will be no service fees for cash purchases. Fans can purchase tickets online at www.metrochicago.com or in person at the Metro Box Office located at 3730 N. Clark Street in Chicago. VIP tickets also will be available at www.ftbnl.org.