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Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Jake Arriettips his cap as he gets standing ovatifrom Red Sox fans after carrying no-hitter eighth

Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Jake Arrieta tips his cap as he gets a standing ovation from Red Sox fans after carrying a no-hitter to the eighth inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Monday, June 30, 2014. Boston Red Sox's Stephen Drew broke up his bid with a single in the eighth inning. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa) ORG XMIT: MACK211

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Updated: August 7, 2014 6:39AM



This week’s names and numbers in baseball:

CUBS NINE TO KNOW

1. Travis Wood has allowed three runs in each of his last three starts. That sounds good until you realize he made it into the seventh inning only once and allowed those nine runs in 15 innings.

2. Jake Arrieta lost his no-hit bid against the Red Sox two outs into the eighth inning on the 120th pitch of his outing Monday. Cubs pitching coach Chris Bosio was the last pitcher to no-hit the Red Sox, doing so April 22, 1993, while pitching for the Mariners. Bosio threw 97 pitches that night and got 17 groundouts. He told me Tuesday he always preaches ‘‘pitch to contact’’ to his staff.

3. Arrieta is the only Cubs pitcher this season who has carried a no-hit bid into the sixth inning. He has done it twice.

4. Ryan Sweeney has taken 123 swings and missed on only nine.

5. Pitchers are working Anthony Rizzo low, with 52.7 percent of the pitches he has seen coming down in or below the strike zone. He’s hitting .245 on those pitches.

6. National League pitchers are averaging 6.21 innings per start. Cubs starters are averaging 6.05 innings, dragged down by Edwin Jackson’s 5.63 average.

7. Batters are hitting only .222 against Jason Hammel, which puts him in a three-way tie for the fifth-lowest in the NL. Only Johnny Cueto, Adam Wainwright, Josh Beckett and Julio Teheran have been better.

8. Starlin Castro leads the Cubs with 125 grounders. Thirty-four of those have gone for hits, also the most on the team.

9. The Cubs on July 4, 2014: 37-46. The Cubs on July 4, 2013: 36-47. The Cubs on July 4, 2012: 31-50.

SOX NINE TO KNOW

1. The White Sox have used nine starting pitchers. In the American League, only the injury-ravaged Rangers have used more (11). The Rockies lead the majors with 12.

2. Nearly 39 percent — 38.9 percent, to be exact — of the Sox’ runs have come via the home run, good for the fourth-highest percentage in baseball. The Cubs are right behind them at 38.4 percent.

3. The Sox have the worst road ERA of any AL team at 4.63. Only the Rockies’ 4.78 road ERA is worse.

4. The Sox have struck out 312 times with men on base. The Astros are the only AL team to have done it more frequently.

5. From June 1 to July 3, Jose Abreu led the majors with 11 homers and was tied for third with 25 RBI. He also hit .312.

6. Alexei Ramirez leads the Sox with 28 pop-ups. The Blue Jays’ Jose Reyes has hit 36, the most in the majors.

7. I love this: In 2012, Chris Sale had an excellent .235 batting average against. In 2013, it was .230. This season, it’s .190.

8. The Sox have a 4.27 ERA from the seventh through ninth innings. It was 3.38 last season.

9. The Sox on July 4, 2014: 40-46. The Sox on July 4, 2013: 34-48. The Sox on July 4, 2012: 44-37.

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The Week ahead:

The White Sox head to Boston to start the week. Manager Robin Ventura needs to get Cubs manager Rick Renteria’s playbook. After four Sox vs. Sox games, it’s off to Cleveland to visit the Indians. The Cubs play the Reds in a five-game series this week at Great American Ball Park before hosting the Braves at a great American ballpark.

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