2/27 Bunt tourney update

The first round is expected to wrap up Monday at Fitch Park in the Cubs’ first bunt tournament. On Sunday, position players Darwin Barney, Starlin Castro, Ian Stewart and Joe Mather advanced, while pitchers Travis Wood, Jeff Samardzija, Randy Wells and Andy Sonnanstine also won their matches. There are 64 entries, and the bracket is similar to the NCAA basketball tournament set-up. Players get points for each bunt in three rounds of eight bunts each.

Dale Sveum pitched to the competitors on Sunday. Who will throw to him on Monday when he faces Kerry Wood?

“Probably [Chris] Bosio,” he said of the Cubs pitching coach. “He throws a nice soft ball. I’m going to get the best BP pitcher. I wish I could throw to myself.”

Among Monday’s matchups are:

Blake DeWitt vs. Geovany Soto

Jeff Baker vs. Alfredo Amezaga

Marlon Byrd vs. Reed Johnson

David DeJesus vs. Alfonso Soriano

Matt Garza vs. Carlos Marmol

Paul Maholm vs. Rodrigo Lopez

Ryan Dempster vs. Trever Miller

Kerry Wood vs. Dale Sveum

– Carrie Muskat

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