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11/29 Winter ball update

Jake Fox hit his first home run this winter on Saturday, a solo shot, for Licey in a 6-5 win over the Toros del Este in the Dominican Republic. In four games, Fox is 5-for-15 with one double and five RBIs.

In Venezuela, Andres Blanco was batting .296 in 34 games with Magallanes, primarily playing second base. He’s also played shortstop and third. Catcher Robinson Chirinos was hitting .337 with six homers, five doubles and 21 RBIs for Magallanes.

In Mexico, outfielder Brad Snyder was batting .363 in 39 games with seven homers, 10 doubles and 35 RBIs. He went 2-for-2 on Saturday with one RBI. Teammate Matt Camp was batting .361 in 42 games with one homer, 15 doubles and 23 RBIs. Camp has played shortstop and center field for the Mexican League team.

– Carrie Muskat

11/23 Winter league update

Cubs infielder/outfielder Jake Fox was headed to the Dominican Republic on Monday to join Licey for the second half of the season. As for Cubs prospects currently playing, Brian Schlitter is 6-for-8 in save situations with Mexicali in the Mexican League. The right-hander from Park Ridge, Ill., whom the Cubs acquired from the Phillies in the Scott Eyre deal, has a 3.79 ERA.

Catcher Robinson Chirinos was batting .363 in 29 games with Magallanes in Venezuela. He has six homers and 20 RBIs in 29 games. Andres Blanco was batting .302 for Magallanes with 11 doubles, two triples, two homers and 25 RBIs. He’s played second, short and third in 30 games. And outfielder Nelson Perez was batting .311 in 22 games with Toros del Este in the Dominican Republic.

– Carrie Muskat

11/16 AFL & winter ball update

This is the final week of games for the Arizona Fall League. Josh Vitters apparently is recovered from the strained muscle, and hit a two-run homer Saturday in Mesa’s 4-2 win over Peoria. He’s batting .359 in the AFL. Starlin Castro went 2-for-5 with a double and was hitting .388. John Gaub and Blake Parker both pitched one inning of relief, and both picked up holds on Saturday.

On Monday, Mesa plays host to Phoenix at HoHoKam Stadium.

Cubs’ prospect Andrew Cashner is 2-2 with a 4.32 ERA in five starts in the AFL. In his last outing Nov. 11, he was roughed up, giving up four runs on seven hits over three innings. In his previous outing, the right-hander threw four shutout innings, serving up five hits. He has fanned 16 over 16 2/3 innings this fall. Catcher Michael Brenly was hitting .294 with one homer in six games.

In Venezuela, infielder Andres Blanco was batting .316 with one homer, 11 doubles, two triples and 22 RBIs for Magallanes. Blanco has primarily played second base and was hitting second in the lineup there. Cubs prospect Robinson Chirinos was batting .357 with six homers, five doubles and 19 RBIs for Magallanes.

J.R. Mathes has returned home after making six starts for Caracas. He went 1-2 with a 5.08 ERA, striking out 12 over 28 1/3 innings. In his last outing Nov. 6, Mathes gave up two runs, 11 hits and did not walk a batter over five innings.

In the Dominican Republic, outfielder Nelson Perez was batting .362 in 17 games with two homers, three doubles, two triples and five RBIs for Toros del Este.

In Mexico, shortstop Matt Camp was batting .336 for Mexicali with 10 doubles, one homer and 21 RBIs. He’s been leading off for the Mexican League team, and has a .401 on-base percentage. Brian Schlitter has seven saves and a 4.24 ERA in 16 games there, striking out 12 over 17 innings. The right-hander pitched on Sunday, and gaveup one run, two walks and struck out two in 1 1/3 innings.

– Carrie Muskat

11/5 AFL & winter ball update

Michael Brenly smacked a two-run homer in the Mesa Solar Sox’s 8-5 win over the Peoria Javelinas in Arizona Fall League play Wednesday. Brenly is the son of Cubs television analyst Bob Brenly, and was a late add to the Mesa team, replacing catcher Welington Castillo. Mesa and Peoria meet again in Mesa on Thursday.

In Venezuela, Andres Blanco scored two runs and hit a double and Robinson Chirinos had one hit in Magallanes’ 6-3 win over Margarita. In Mexico, Brad Snyder hda two hits, including his fourth home run, in Mexicali’s 6-3 loss to Mazatlan. Matt Camp also had a hit, and was batting .351.

Nelson Perez, who batted .251 with 11 homers and 65 RBIs for Class A Peoria, was hitting .405 for Toros del Este in the Dominican Republic. He has primarily been used as the designated hitter, and has four multi-hit games out of 12.

– Carrie Muskat

10/31 AFL & winter ball update

Cubs pitcher Jeff Samardzija threw six shutout innings in Mexicali’s 8-1 win over Hermosillo in Mexican League action Friday night. Samardzija struck out seven and walked one, giving up four hits. His ERA now is 2.25.

In Arizona Fall League action, the Mesa Solar Sox played to a 5-5, 11 inning tie against Scottsdale. Starlin Castro did not start, but entered as a defensive sub in the 11th at second base. The infielder is leading the AFL with a .419 batting average. Cubs prospect Blake Parker threw two scoreless innings, walking three. Mesa plays host to Phoenix on Saturday at HoHoKam Park.

In Venezuela, J.R. Mathes served up three home runs over 4 2/3 innings in Caracas’ 7-2 loss to Aragua. Mathes gave up seven runs (six earned) on eight hits and three walks.

Andres Blanco went 4-for-5 with one RBI in Magallanes’ 13-5 win. Robinson Chirinos also drove in two runs and hit a double.

– Carrie Muskat

10/24 AFL & winter ball update

In the Arizona Fall League, Starlin Castro walked twice and scored two runs in the Mesa Solar Sox’s 11-10 loss to the Peoria Saguaros on Friday. Josh Vitters was 1-for-4 for Mesa, which will travel to Surprise on Saturday.

In the Mexican League, Cubs prospect Brian Schlitter blew a save but picked up the win in Mexicali’s 10-inning 9-8 win over Navojoa on Friday. Matt Camp went 3-for-5 with two doubles, two RBIs and scored three runs. He’s batting .389. Brad Snyder was 4-for-5 with two RBIs for Mexicali, which is managed by Iowa Cubs skipper Bobby Dickerson.

In Venezuela, Andres Blanco drove in two runs in a six-run 13th inning, hitting his second triple of the game, to lead Magallanes to a 10-4 victory over La Guaira on Thursday. Blanco also doubled and scored twice.

– Carrie Muskat

9/8 Lineup, Soriano & Reed

Bobby Scales is back in left field Tuesday for Game 2 vs. the Pirates, and Geovany Soto is behind the plate. Here’s the lineup:

SS Theriot

RF Bradley

1B Lee

3B Ramirez

2B Baker

C Soto

CF Fukudome

LF Scales

P Dempster

* Bad news for outfielder Reed Johnson. His foot is not healing well, and he may have to be shutdown for the rest of the season. Johnson has been sidelined since July 30 with a fractured left foot and still can’t run.

* Alfonso Soriano also is not close to returning. Soriano, who has a sore left knee, says he still wants to play this season but the problem is that when he tries to come back after a few days off, the pain returns. “They don’t want me to play with one knee,” Soriano said. He may have arthroscopic surgery on his knee before the season is over so he can begin his rehab before returning home.

* Andres Blanco is still a day or two away from returning because of a sore hamstring.

– Carrie Muskat

9/7 Lineup

Bobby Scales gets another start in left field Monday for the Cubs’ first game vs. the Pirates. Here’s the lineup:

CF Fukudome

SS Theriot

1B Lee

3B Ramirez

RF Bradley

2B Baker

LF Scales

C Hill

P Lilly

* Sam Fuld has a tender left wrist, which he originally injured crashing into the wall at Wrigley Field. … Andres Blanco has a sore hamstring. … Alfonso Soriano was getting treatment on his left knee.

– Carrie Muskat

9/2 Lineup & roster move

Lou Piniella decided to give a few of the regulars a day off Wednesday, so no Aramis Ramirez, no Ryan Theriot and no Alfonso Soriano in the lineup. Also, the Cubs activated right-handed pitcher David Patton from the disabled list, and he was available. Patton had been on the DL since July 6 with a right groin strain. He was able to pitch back to back days Saturday and Sunday for Triple-A Iowa, and said he’s feeling 100 percent healthy.

Here’s the lineup:

CF Fukudome

SS Blanco

1B Lee

RF Bradley

LF Fox

2B Fontenot

3B Baker

C Hill

P Lilly

– Carrie Muskat

9/1 September call-ups

The Cubs Tuesday activated infielder Andres Blanco from the disabled list and recalled right-handed pitcher Justin Berg and infielder/outfielder Micah Hoffpauir from Triple-A Iowa. All three players were available for Tuesday’s game against the Astros.

Expect the Cubs to activate David Patton (groin) from the DL on Wednesday.

– Carrie Muskat

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