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Jon Lester went the distance and struck out a season-high 10 while limiting the Giants to one run in a 4-1 victory Tuesday.

The Giants managed to plate a run with a couple doubles in the fifth inning, but they picked up just four hits on the night and didn't draw any walks. Lester needed just 99 pitches to complete the masterpiece. It was his fourth complete game since joining the Cubs, with his last one coming also coming against the Giants last September. Lester will bring a 3.19 ERA into Los Angeles against the Dodgers on Sunday.
Tue, May 23, 2017 10:46:00 PM

Anthony Rizzo smashed a two-run homer Tuesday against the Giants.

Rizzo had one of three dingers off of Johnny Cueto, with his being the only that wasn't a solo shot. His .224/.363/.424 batting line to this point has certainly been a disappointment, but Rizzo now has nine homers and 26 RBI on the year, with two of those homers coming over his last three contests.
Tue, May 23, 2017 10:38:00 PM

Jason Heyward knocked a solo homer in Tuesday's win over the Giants.

Heyward's blast in the second inning that landed in the basket at Wrigley Field looked feeble compared to Kyle Schwarber's monster shot in the first, but they counted just the same. The outfielder has a hit in all three games since returning from the disabled list and has reached base five times.
Tue, May 23, 2017 10:35:00 PM

Kyle Schwarber crushed a mammoth solo home run in Tuesday's win over the Giants.

Schwarber's blast off of Johnny Cueto in the first inning cleared the bleachers in right field and was estimated at a distance of 470 feet. It was the only hit on the night for Schwarber, who struck out a couple times.
Tue, May 23, 2017 10:33:00 PM

Cubs recalled RHP Felix Pena from Triple-A Iowa.

Pena has allowed four runs (two earned) on seven hits and one walk over five innings with the Cubs this season. He'll pitch in middle relief in his return to the majors.
Tue, May 23, 2017 03:53:00 PM

Cubs optioned LHP Zac Rosscup to Triple-A Iowa.

Rosscup was just called up on Monday and retired two batters in his lone appearance against the Giants. Felix Pena will replace him in the Cubs' bullpen.
Tue, May 23, 2017 03:52:00 PM

Javier Baez is not in Tuesday's lineup against the Giants.

Baez went 3-for-4 with a two-run homer on Monday, but he'll take a seat on Monday against right-hander Jhonny Cueto. Ben Zobrist will make the start at second base and bat leadoff while Kyle Schwarber will return to left field and bat second. Ian Happ is starting in center field and will bat fifth.
Tue, May 23, 2017 02:10:00 PM

Javier Baez finished 3-for-4 with a two-run homer in the Cubs' loss to the Giants on Monday.

Ben Zobrist was the only other Cubs batter to register multiple hits in this one. Baez struck his two-run shot off Giants starter Ty Blach in the bottom of the eighth, but the Cubs entered that inning trailing 6-0 and would ultimately fall 6-4. Baez is batting .264/.301/.496 with seven home runs and 21 RBI in 38 games this season for the defending World Series champions.
Mon, May 22, 2017 11:24:00 PM

John Lackey was pounded for five earned runs over five innings Monday in the Cubs' loss to the Giants.

Lackey served up a solo home run to Joe Panik in the top of the first inning and his night didn't get much better from there. The veteran starter yielded seven hits in all and walked two batters while striking out six. He'll bring a disappointing 4-4 record and 4.82 ERA into his next scheduled start on the road against the Dodgers.
Mon, May 22, 2017 11:16:00 PM

Cubs designated RHP Jake Buchanan for assignment.

The move clears space on the 40-man roster for Zac Rosscup. Buchanan, 27, holds an unimpressive 4.75 ERA and 29/19 K/BB ratio over 41 2/3 innings at Triple-A Iowa this season.
Mon, May 22, 2017 06:34:00 PM

Brett Anderson (back) will throw a bullpen session Tuesday.

It will be his first time throwing from the bump since a lower back strain forced him to the disabled list two weeks ago. Anderson put up an 8.18 ERA over six starts before going on the DL, and his role wouldn't seem to be set in stone even when he's ready to return.
Mon, May 22, 2017 04:59:00 PM

Cubs purchased the contract of LHP Zac Rosscup from Triple-A Iowa.

Rosscup was non-tendered by the Cubs over the winter before being re-signed to a minor league deal and he earned a spot back on the 40-man roster with a 3.45 ERA and 25/3 K/BB ratio over 15 2/3 relief innings for Iowa. He'll be used in low-leverage situations.
Mon, May 22, 2017 04:45:00 PM

Cubs optioned RHP Dylan Floro to Triple-A Iowa.

Floro was roughed up for five runs over two relief innings Sunday. He's being replaced in the bullpen by Zac Rosscup.
Mon, May 22, 2017 04:43:00 PM

Kyle Schwarber is not in Monday's lineup against the Giants.

He'll take a seat against left-hander Ty Blach. Rookie Ian Happ is also out of the lineup. Ben Zobrist will start in left field and bat leadoff while Albert Almora, Jr. gets a start in center.
Mon, May 22, 2017 03:14:00 PM

Cubs prospect Victor Caratini went 2-for-4 with a homer on Sunday for Triple-A Iowa.

It was the fourth homer of the year for the switch-hitting catcher. Caratini has been excellent in 2017, showing the plus hit tool he showed at times as an amateur, and also putting more balls into the gap/over the fence this year. Where he's going to play is anyone's guess, but this is another quality offensive prospect for the Cubs. He could be an excellent piece to add in a trade this summer.
Mon, May 22, 2017 02:54:00 PM

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