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6/7 Minor matters

Jay Jackson gave up six runs (five earned) on seven hits over six innings in Iowa’s 10-4 loss to New Orleans on Sunday. Chad Tracy and Sam Fuld each homered for the Triple-A team.

Austin Bibens-Dirkx gave up seven runs (six earned) on seven hits over three innings in Tennessee’s 8-6 loss to Huntsville. Matt Spencer had three hits, including a triple, and two RBIs. Jeremy Papelbon pitched three scoreless innings in relief.

Dae-Eun Rhee gave up one run on four hits over 5 2/3 innings in Daytona’s 6-2 win over Palm Beach. Smailey Borges had three hits. DJ LeMahieu had two hits, and now has notched at least two hits in six of his last eight games.

Trey McNutt gave up four runs (one earned) on six hits over two innings in Peoria’s 8-5 win over West Michigan, completing a game suspended on Saturday. DJ Fitzgerald hit a home run and drove in three runs.

In the second game, Ryan Searle gave up two runs on six hits over five innings in a 3-2 loss. Hak-Ju Lee had two RBIs.

– Carrie Muskat

5/30 Minor matters

Thomas Diamond gave up one run on five hits over six innings but Nashville scored four runs in the ninth to beat Iowa, 5-3. Diamond struck out five and notched his third quality start in a row. He’s now 3-1 with a 1.95 ERA. Chad Tracy had three hits and extended his hitting streak to five games. Andrew Cashner, expected to be called up this week to the big league team, worked a scoreless eighth inning.

Hung-Wen Chen threw 6 2/3 scoreless innings to help Tennessee beat Montgomery, 3-0. It was Chen’s fourth consecutive quality start.

Smaily Borges hit his second homer in Daytona’s 5-4 loss to Jupiter. Chris Rusin gave up four runs on six hits over 4 2/3 innings. Also, Brett Jackson, Rafael Dolis and Aaron Shafer were named to the Florida State League All-Star team.

Nick Struck gave up two hits over 5 2/3 scoreless innings in Peoria’s 3-2, 12-inning loss to Beloit. Jae-Hoon Ha hit his first homer, a solo shot. Greg Rohan had two hits, his 13th multi-hit game of the season.

– Carrie Muskat

5/28 Minor matters

Jay Jackson gave up two runs on four hits over four innings in Iowa’s 8-5 loss to Salt Lake. Brad Snyder hit a solo homer and Chad Tracy had two hits. He’s batting .458 since joining the Iowa Cubs. Andrew Cashner made his first relief appearance and gave up one run on three hits in one inning. He struck out two.

Matt Spencer hit a two-run homer but it wasn’t enough as Tennessee lost, 7-2, to Montgomery. Craig Muschko took the loss, giving up 10 hits and five runs on 4 1/3 innings.

Rafael Dolis gave up three runs on six hits over 5 2/3 innings in Daytona’s 8-3 win over Jupiter. Ryan Flaherty now has a 10-game hit streak and is batting .375.

Jeff Antigua gave up three runs on seven hits over five innings in Peoria’s 3-1 loss to Cedar Rapids. The Chiefs now are 3 1/2 games out of first.

– Carrie Muskat

5/18 Minor matters

Andrew Cashner gave up one run on six hits over six innings to help Iowa beat Reno, 9-2. Cashner also had a hit and drove in two runs. Chad Tracy homered, his first, and Darwin Barney had three hits and scored three runs.

Josh Vitters, Blake Lalli and Ty Wright each homered to help Tennessee beat Huntsville 9-2 in the first game of a doubleheader. Chris Carpenter won the second game, giving up three runs, two earned, on six hits over six innings in an 8-3 victory. Russ Canzler homered in the second game.

Rafael Dolis gave up one earned run on three hits in 5 2/3 innings but took the loss in Daytona’s 5-2 loss to St. Lucie. Dolis struck out four. Rebel Ridling had two hits.

– Carrie Muskat

5/16 Minor matters

Mitch Atkins threw five scoreless innings to help Iowa beat Reno, 11-1. Atkins now is 3-1 with a 2.16 ERA. Welington Castillo hit his fifth homer and Chad Tracy posted his third four-hit game. He’s hitting .607 with four doubles and eight RBIs in six games with Iowa.

Austin Bibens-Dirkx gave up one run, unearned, on two hits over six innings in Tennessee’s 8-2 win over Huntsville. Blake Lalli hit a two-run homer in the first. Steve Clevenger had three hits and three RBIs.

Daytona made four errors in a 6-2 loss to Brevard County. DJ LeMahieu extended his hitting streak to five games with two hits, and is batting .300 in his streak. Kyler Burke posted his sixth multi-hit game of the year. Brett Jackson, the Cubs’ No. 1 Draft pick last year, is sidelined with a foot injury.

Hak-Ju Lee had his 11th multi-hit game of the year but it wasn’t enough as Peoria lost 4-0 to Burlington. Lee has hit safely in five of his last six games.

– Carrie Muskat

5/14 Minor matters

Thomas Diamond gave up four runs on seven hits over five innings in Iowa’s 8-4 win over Las Vegas on Thursday. Diamond now has a 2-0 record and 2.17 ERA. Bryan LaHair hit his fourth homer of the year and was a triple shy of the cycle. Chad Tracy had four hits.

Hung-Wen Chen gave up five runs (three earned) on eight hits over seven innings in Tennessee’s 5-3 loss to Carolina. The Smokies made four errors in the game.

Chris Archer threw five shutout innings, giving up one hit, but it wasn’t enough as Daytona lost, 3-2 to Bradenton. Ryan Flaherty had two hits.

Trey McNutt threw six shutout innings in Peoria’s 7-1 win over Burlington. McNutt struck out seven. Justin Bour and Matt Cerda each homered for the Chiefs, who ended a five-game losing streak with the win.

– Carrie Muskat

5/2 Sunday lineup & Ramirez

Lou Piniella decided to give Aramis Ramirez a day off Sunday, starting Chad Tracy at third base in the finale against the D-Backs. Ramirez is hitting .155 this season and is 5-for-25 on the homestand. The problem isn’t mental, Piniella said.

“I could see it become mental for a younger player,” Piniella said, “but older ones have to keep plugging away and keep working. He’s a veteran guy. The veteran player, he’s been through the wars before. I’m sure Ramirez has had spurts where he’s struggled. The only surprising thing has been the strikeouts.”

Ramirez leads the team with 25 strikeouts.

Sunday’s lineup is:

SS Theriot

RF Fukudome

1B Lee

CF Byrd

3B Tracy

LF Soriano

2B Fontenot

C Soto

P Gorzelanny

– Carrie Muskat

4/23 Lineup & Ramirez

Aramis Ramirez was given one more day off to work with hitting coach Rudy Jaramillo and Chad Tracy started at third base Friday night in the first game of the Cubs’ three-game series against the Brewers.

Ramirez went 0-for-2 on Thursday in New York, hitting into a fielder’s choice in the seventh and striking out in the ninth. He’s now batting .127.

“It’s so rare — I don’t think I’ve ever seen him struggle for so long,” Cubs first baseman Derrek Lee said of Ramirez. “He’s too good of a hitter and he’s going to come out of hit. You just have to tell yourself it’s a six-month season and we’ve played two weeks. You have four good months in a season and you have a good season. He’s going to be fine.”

Friday’s lineup is:

SS Theriot

RF Fukudome

1B Lee

3B Tracy

CF Byrd

LF Colvin

2B Fontenot

C Hill

P Dempster

– Carrie Muskat

4/7 Cubs lineup vs Braves

Lou Piniella says he will get some of the bench players, like Tyler Colvin and Chad Tracy, some at-bats soon. No changes in Wednesday’s lineup except for the starting pitcher.

SS Theriot

RF Fukudome

1B Lee

3B Ramirez

CF Byrd

LF Soriano

2B Fontenot

C Soto

P Dempster

– Carrie Muskat

3/30 Tracy ready to go

In the end, it was Chad Tracy’s ability to play third, the fact he bats left-handed and that he’s an experienced pinch-hitter that swayed the Cubs.

“You never know what to think,” said Tracy, who found out he made the Cubs’ 25-man roster before Tuesday’s game. “Your nerves are a little high, a little on edge. Now, hopefully, I can settle down.”

Tracy has been in the Diamondbacks’ system until this year and was a non-roster invitee in the Cubs’ camp.

“I’ve never been in this situation before,” he said about trying to win a spot on the Opening Day roster. “As a kid, you’re doing the whole big league camp thing and you don’t expect to make the team. There’s expectations as you progress in your career. It’s a little different. I wasn’t used to these emotions and getting stressed.”

How would he assess his spring?

“I’m not going to say it went really well,” said Tracy, who was batting .243. “I had some good at-bats, some bad at-bats. I proved I could play third base again which is one of the reasons I’m still around here now. Hopefully, they have faith I can play either corner and help the team.”

Tracy has primarily played third this spring but will start at first on Wednesday in Maryvale in one of the Cubs’ split squad games. A career .302 pinch-hitter, Tracy does have experience coming off the bench.

“I’m not going to act like I know the secrets to pinch hitting,” Tracy said. “There is something to having the experience and to have seen some of the guys coming out of the bullpen in the National League. I’ve said it all along, it’s one of the toughest jobs in the big leagues. The biggest thing is being prepared and knowing what these guys do. The key is being aggressive and going up there and finding your pitch early enough to where he can’t get to his stuff where he can get you out. You have to battle. You try not to let him get you before you get him.”

The Cubs broke camp last year without a legitimate backup at third and it hurt them when Aramis Ramirez missed two months because of a separated shoulder. Ramirez has played 11 games this spring. He’s been slowed by a sore right tricep, although he did start on Tuesday.

– Carrie Muskat

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