Worth noting

Worth noting

• Shortstop Starlin Castro is hitting .292 and has committed only one error in 32 games since his day off on June 25. In the 10 games prior to his breather, Castro was batting .140 with five errors.

• The Cubs entered Thursday with 12 victories against the NL West this season, which already matches last year's total. They are 12-12 against the NL West so far, after going 12-22 a year ago.

• Outfielders David DeJesus and Nate Schierholtz are both hitting .339 against the NL West this year, with Schierholtz adding five homers and 15 RBIs.

• The Cubs closed July with a 14-13 record, their first winning month since last July (15-10).

Cash Kruth is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @cashkruth. Manny Randhawa is an associate reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @MannyBal9. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.