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Rapid Reaction: Marlins 6, Cubs 2

September, 3, 2013
9/03/13
11:05
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Levine By Bruce Levine
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CHICAGO -- The Chicago Cubs lost a 6-2 decision to the Miami Marlins on Tuesday at Wrigley Field.

How it happened: Edwin Jackson was seeking his first victory since July 31. The 29-year-old starter was 0-3 with a 5.97 ERA in August. (Marlins starter Tom Koehler also had his problems in August, having posted only one victory in the month.) Jackson got out of jams with men in scoring position in four straight innings before giving up a one-out RBI double to Christian Yelich in the fifth. Giancarlo Stanton followed with a run-producing single. Starlin Castro’s error on a routine double-play ball extended the inning, scoring the third run. Jackson was finished after five innings. Koehler imploded in the fifth, giving up a leadoff home run to Brian Bogusevic and walking the bases loaded before getting removed. Anthony Rizzo’s sacrifice fly closed the gap to a single run. The Marlins finished the scoring with three runs in the eighth.

What it means: Jackson (7-15) is winless in his Past six starts. He has averaged 5T innings in his 27 outings. Rookie LHP Zach Rosscup made his major league debut, striking out Chris Coghlan in the sixth (two-thirds of an inning, with a walk and the K).

Outside of the box: Kris Bryant, the Cubs' first draft choice for 2013, was named the organization’s player of the month. Bryant hit seven home runs and drove in 21 runs between rookie league Boise and high Class A Daytona. The 21-year-old third baseman recorded a 1.199 OPS. RHP Pierce Johnson was the franchise’s pitcher of the month. Johnson, 22, was 3-0 in three starts and one relief appearance. He had an ERA of 1.02. … The Cubs added four players from Triple A Iowa. LHP Brooks Raley, Rosscup and RHP Justin Grimm will pitch out of the bullpen. Catcher J.C. Boscan will back up Welington Castillo and Dioner Navarro.

Up next: RHP Jeff Samardzija (8-11,4.13) goes after his ninth win at 1:20 CT Wednesday, as the Cubs try to avoid a three-game sweep against Miami. LHP Brian Flynn will be making his major league debut for the Marlins.

Cubs call up three pitchers and a catcher

September, 3, 2013
9/03/13
6:55
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Levine By Bruce Levine
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CHICAGO -- The Chicago Cubs called up four players from their minor league system on Tuesday.

RHP Justin Grimm, LHP Brooks Raley and catcher J.C. Boscan were recalled from Class AAA Iowa. LHP Zach Rosscup was selected from Iowa and added to the 40-man roster.

OF Dave Sappelt was designated for assignment.

Grimm was a starting pitcher for the Texas Rangers earlier in the season. He came to the Cubs in the July 22 trade that sent Matt Garza to Texas. Grimm was 7-7 with a 6.37 ERA with the Rangers.

Cubs manager Dale Sveum has no immediate plans to start Grimm this month.

“It will be nice to have three lefties in the bullpen,” said Sveum, who has had just James Russell as his sole left-handed reliever for three months. “We have seen Railey, so it will be nice to see Rosscup, and Grimm, in action.”

All three call-up pitchers will be in the bullpen, according to Sveum.

Boscan will back up Welington Castillo and Dioner Navarro.

Sappelt was acquired from the Cincinnati Reds with LHP Travis Wood for LHP Sean Marshall in December 2011.

Meanwhile, the Cubs are unsure as to how they will use Scott Baker, who has been recovering from a strained forearm he incurred in spring training. Baker threw 80 pitches on Monday evening for Class A Kane County.

“I feel pretty good,” Baker said. “As normal as I can for sure. No one has told me either way as to how I will be used. I understand there are guys who have come over in trades. There are a lot of guys here with a limited amount of innings to throw. I get it. I get why they would say that.

“Of course, I do want to start, whether it is here or there [minors] or anywhere,” he said. “That is what I have always done. I really haven’t had a lot of experience doing anything else, and I enjoy starting.”

Baker signed a one-year free-agent deal with Chicago in November 2012. He has not pitched in a major league game since April 2012, when a torn elbow ligament led to Tommy John surgery.

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Jake Arrieta
WINS ERA SO IP
10 2.53 167 156
OTHER LEADERS
BAS. Castro .292
HRA. Rizzo 32
RBIA. Rizzo 78
RA. Rizzo 89
OPSA. Rizzo .913
ERAT. Wood 5.03
SOJ. Arrieta 167