Extra bases

• Jackson will host his fourth "Edwin's Entourage" event on Monday at Wrigley Field. Jackson created the event to continue creating awareness of baseball to younger African American males. Local youth leagues are invited to batting practice to meet Jackson and talk about baseball, then watch the game as his guests. More than 40 participants from local youth leagues, ages 11-18, will take part.

• With an off-day scheduled for Thursday, the Cubs will not tweak their rotation, but keep everyone on schedule, Sveum said. Travis Wood, Carlos Villanueva and Jeff Samardzija will face the Rockies in a three-game series at Wrigley Field that starts Monday.

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