Brian Matusz will make his Cubs debut on Sunday night when the team closes its three-game Interleague series against the Mariners at Wrigley Field. This will be the lefty’s first big league start since July 1, 2012.
Matusz was traded by the Orioles to the Braves in late May and was released without seeing the field for Atlanta. He signed with the Cubs on June 14 and has been getting stretched out as a starter. He posted a 2.13 ERA at Double-A and Triple-A combined.
Matusz will be the seventh pitcher to start for Cubs this year. Four teams have used fewer starters: Blue Jays, Cardinals, Giants and Mets (six each).
Here’s the lineup:
*Looking ahead to Cubs vs. Marlins series, here are the pitching matchups:
Monday: RHP Kyle Hendricks (9-7, 2.39) vs. LHP Adam Conley (7-5, 3.38)
Tuesday: RHP Jason Hammel (10-5, 3.23) vs. RHP Jose Fernandez (12-5, 2.79)
Wednesday: RHP John Lackey (8-7, 3.69) vs. RHP Tom Koehler (8-8, 4.18)
Albert Almora Jr. hit a two-run homer and drove in three runs in Iowa’s 6-4 loss to Omaha. Almora is 9-for-28 since returning to Iowa. Jordan Pries took the loss, giving up five runs over 3 2/3 innings. Tim Federowicz had two hits. Pierce Johnson struck out four over 2 1/3 innings in his second relief appearance.
Zach Hedges gave up one earned run over five innings in Tennessee’s 9-1 loss to Chattanooga. Jorge Soler went 1-for-3 with a walk and scored a run. He has seven walks over six rehab games. Bijan Rademacher drove in a run.
Myrtle Beach set season highs in hits (19) and runs scored in a 15-4 win over Salem. Jonathan Martinez gave up two runs over six innings for the win. Jesse Hodges had three hits, including a two-run homer. Donnie Dewees went 4-for-5 with two RBI. David Bote had three hits and two RBI.
South Bend lost, 2-1, to Great Lakes. Oscar De La Cruz struck out seven and gave up two hits over 4 2/3 innings in his first start for South Bend. Eloy Jimenez had three hits and one RBI. Alberto Mineo had two hits.
Eugene lost, 5-3, to Boise. Pedro Silverio gave up three earned runs over two innings. Tyler Peitzmeier gave up one hit over four scoreless innings in relief. Robert Garcia had three hits and two RBI.
Mesa gave up 13 hits in a 10-4 loss to the Angels. Jhonny Bethencourt had two hits and scored a run.
Drew Rucinski gave up seven runs over six innings in Iowa’s 7-5 loss to New Orleans. Jeimer Candelario had two hits, including a two-run homer. He finished with three RBI. Albert Almora also had two hits.
Tennessee rallied for a 7-6, 11-inning win over Chattanooga. Bijan Rademacher had four hits, including a double and a two-run homer. Jorge Soler went 0-for-4 with a walk in his seventh rehab game.
Preston Morrison gave up five hits over six scoreless innings in Myrtle Beach’s 3-1 loss to Salem. Morrison struck out six. He is 5-1 and has given up one earned run over 45 2/3 innings in his last eight starts. Bryant Flete and Yasiel Balaguert each had two hits.
Kyle Miller gave up five runs over 5 2/3 innings in South Bend’s 11-7 win over Lake County. Eloy Jimenez was a triple shy of the cycle, going 4-for-5 with two doubles, a grand slam and a single. He drove in four runs and scored four times. Alberto Mineo had three hits.
Yeiler Peguero and Trent Giambrone each had three hits in Eugene’s 8-7, 10-inning loss. Dylan Cease started and walked four in one-third of an inning.
Mesa’s game was suspended because of rain.
Jake Arrieta gets the start Saturday against the Mariners in an Interleague game at Wrigley Field. This is the Mariners’ second trip ever to Wrigley. First pitch is scheduled for 1:20 p.m. CT. Anthony Rizzo is not starting against Seattle lefty Wade Miley. It’s just a day off, manager Joe Maddon said.
Here’s the lineup:
Cubs outfielder Dexter Fowler will host a baseball camp for boys and girls, grades 1-8, on Aug. 15 at Timothy Christian High School from 4-7 p.m. CT. Cost is $119. Register now at DexterFowlerCamp.com.
Participants will receive a t-shirt, exclusive camp team photo with Fowler, participate in contests, and win prizes, plus they’ll learn about the game from an All-Star.
There will be various stations on fundamental skills and the groups will be small enough so each camper gets maximum instruction.
Trevor Cahill gave up two earned runs over 3 2/3 innings in Iowa’s 7-1 loss to New Orleans. Cahill is on a rehab outing, and this was his third appearance. He struck out five and walked four. Mark Zagunis had two hits, including a solo home run, and Albert Almora Jr. had three hits, including two doubles.
Tennessee lost, 4-3, to Chattanooga. Michael Wagner gave up three runs over six innings. David Frietas and Gioskar Amaya each had a double and one RBI.
Trevor Clifton gave up three runs over six innings in Myrtle Beach’s 8-2 loss to Salem. Daniel Spingola had three hits, including a pair of doubles.
Ryan Kellogg scattered four hits over six scoreless innings in South Bend’s 3-0 win over Lake County. Kellogg struck out six. Carlos Sepulveda had two hits and Eddy Martinez had two hits and one RBI.
Wladimir Galindo hit a solo home run in Eugene’s 5-4 loss to Salem-Keizer. Jesus Castillo gave up four runs over 3 1/3 innings.
Mesa lost, 2-1, to the D-backs. Bailey Clark gave up one hit over three innings. Gustavo Polanco had two hits, including a double. A fifth-round pick out of Duke, Clark has not given up a run in two appearances.
John Lackey will start Thursday night in the intracity series finale against the White Sox at Wrigley Field. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. CT. Here’s the lineup vs lefty Chris Sale:
*Kris Bryant struck out in all six plate appearances vs. Sale in 2015 but homered off the lefty in the first inning of the All-Star Game two weeks ago in San Diego.
*The Cubs have won five of seven games at Wrigley Field since the break.
*Lackey lost his last start vs. the Brewers, giving up three runs over six innings. He’s 0-5, 6.12 ERA (29 ER over 42 2/3 innings) in his last seven starts.
*Dexter Fowler recorded three hits in his return from the DL last Friday, but since then he’s just 1-for-17 AB (.059 AVG).
Kristopher Negron and Taylor Davis each homered to help Iowa beat New Orleans, 8-2. Davis finished with three RBI. Rob Zastryzny gave up one unearned run over four innings.
Tennessee lost, 8-4, to Chattanooga. Jen-Ho Tseng gave up two earned runs over five innings. Chris Coghlan was 3-for-4 with two doubles and two RBIs in his fifth rehab game. Jorge Soler went 0-for-2 and drew three walks in his sixth rehab game (and fourth with the Smokies). Bijan Rademacher had two hits and Ian Happ drove in two runs.
Yasiel Balaguert hit two home runs and drove in three runs in Myrtle Beach’s 10-7 win over Carolina. Balaguert is batting .340 with five homers and 25 RBI in July. Jake Stinnett gave up one unearned run over four innings. Donnie Dewees hit his first homer with the Pelicans. Charcer Burks had two hits, including a triple, and two RBI.
Alberto Mineo had two hits, including a three-run homer in the first, in South Bend’s 5-4 loss to Lake County. Jose Paulino gave up three runs over five innings. Carlos Sepulveda had two hits, and Matt Rose went 3-for-3 with a double.
Manuel Rondon gave up one run over 5 2/3 innings in Eugene’s 4-1 win over Salem-Keizer. Robert Garcia and Chris Pieters each had two hits.
Mesa had the day off and will face the D-backs on Thursday.