• Justin Germano will make his final start of the season on Saturday when the Cubs face the D-backs in the second game of the series. After that, he could be headed home to be with his wife, Logan, who is expecting the couple's second child on Monday.
When Germano isn't pitching, he is able to duck into the clubhouse to check his phone and make sure everything is OK at home. He wasn't sure what he would do on Saturday, except focus on finishing the season on a good note.
"I'm the same as everyone else, and just want to finish strong," he said.
• According to the Arizona Republic, Mesa officials are involved in talks between Arizona State and the Cubs regarding how to let the university's baseball team use the new Spring Training stadium. The Mesa city council met on Thursday to discuss the ASU-Cubs negotiations, as well as a pending agreement for the Athletics to use HoHoKam Stadium, beginning in 2015. In June, ASU president Michael Crow criticized the Cubs in an e-mail to Mesa mayor Scott Smith, accusing the team of reneging on terms that the school thought had already been agreed to.