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9/25 Cubs lineup

The Cubs begin the last road trip of the 2012 season in Denver on Tuesday, facing the Rockies. Here’s the lineup:

Sappelt RF

Barney 2B

Rizzo 1B

Soriano LF

Castro SS

Castillo C

Vitters 3B

Mather CF

Rusin P

— Carrie Muskat

9/17 Extra bases

* The Cubs have a lot of decisions regarding next season’s roster but Welington Castillo has given the team a lot to think about regarding their catching situation.

“He’s definitely made probably the biggest progress of anybody on the team right now,” Dale Sveum said Monday of Castillo, who has started 34 games behind the plate. “The changes he’s made in his defense and calling the game and the preparation [are impressive] His whole attitude has changed into an everyday catcher’s mindset.

“I think he’s starting to have a lot more fun and understanding the progression he’s had to go through,” Sveum said. “I think going into Spring Training, he’ll feel like he’s the every day catcher, no matter what we do. He’ll have that mentality that he’ll catch 120 games next year.”

* Bryan LaHair has gone from All-Star to an extra player on the Cubs bench. LaHair, who was the starting first baseman until Anthony Rizzo arrived, totaled 231 at-bats in 74 games before the All-Star break and was voted to the National League All-Star team by his peers. But in the second half, he’s played in 41 games and has 90 at-bats. He batted .286 with 14 home runs before the break, and was hitting .189 with one home run since.

“For his sake, I think he needs to play winter ball again and get the at-bats he’s missed out on and be ready for Spring Training like he was this year,” Sveum said of LaHair.

However, both Rizzo and right fielder David DeJesus are expected back in 2013. It’ll be tough for LaHair to get at-bats.

“That goes unsaid,” Sveum said.

* One player who has opened some eyes is Dave Sappelt, acquired from the Reds in the Sean Marshall deal. Sappelt could fill the role of right-handed bat off the bench, which Reed Johnson had this year until he was dealt to the Braves.

“There’s a bat there that can play in the big leagues,” Sveum said of Sappelt, who batted .266 in 133 games with Triple-A Iowa this year. “He’s got the ability and the bat speed and the bat ability to play in the big leagues.”

Sappelt was batting .310 in 11 games since he was promoted Sept. 1.

* Pitching matchups vs. the Reds:

Tuesday: RHP Justin Germano (2-7, 6.24) vs. RHP Homer Bailey (11-9, 3.93)

Wednesday: LHP Chris Rusin (1-2, 5.06) vs. RHP Mike Leake (8-9, 4.69)

Thursday: RHP Jason Berken (0-1, 7.20) vs. RHP Johnny Cueto (17-9, 2.92)

— Carrie Muskat

9/1 New guys

Tony Campana, Adrian Cardenas and Dave Sappelt joined the Cubs on Saturday, part of the September call-ups. There will be more to come as Chris Rusin is added as well as Miguel Socolovich and Anthony Recker. Sappelt, 25, finished at Iowa with a .266 batting average, but his monthly totals show how much he struggled. He batted .218 in April, .237 in May, .260 in June, .317 in July and .287 in August.

“I was not putting consistent swings on the ball and I went through about 15 batting stances,” said Sappelt, acquired from the Reds along with Travis Wood in the Sean Marshall deal. “I was in a mental hole all year. I think I’m out of it now.”

Which stance did he settle on?

“It’s sometihng brand new,” Sappelt said. “I took a little out of Brett Jackson’s page and Josh Hamilton’s hand drop before the pitch to slow down. That’s been working for me. I think I’m going to ride that out from here on out.”

This is Campana’s second stint with the Cubs. He was with the big league team from mid April to Aug 3, and batted .259. was happy just to get regular at-bats. He hit .264 in August at Iowa, getting more at-bats than he did in June and July combined with the Cubs.

“I went down there and I needed to get at-bats and I got to play every day and I got to get at-bats,” Campana said. “It was nice to play every day.”

His goal now?

“I’ll come off the bench, do my thing, and run around a little bit,” said Campana, who did steal 26 bases for the Cubs.

Cubs manager Dale Sveum said the new players will have to adjust to few at-bats.

“The core of the lineup will be pretty much the same,” Sveum said. “It’s not as if I’m going to play these guys a lot. It’ll be periodically, matchups, whatever. When we’re playing these teams in first place [like the Giants], we’re going to put our core guys out there.”

— Carrie Muskat

8/31 Call-ups

Jeff Beliveau joined the Cubs on Friday, taking Brooks Raley’s spot on the roster. There will be more players added, starting Saturday. Expect Tony Campana, Adrian Cardenas and Dave Sappelt to join the Cubs at that time. Chris Rusin also will be added, and start on Tuesday. He first went to Double-A Tennessee so he could stay on his work schedule. The Cubs also want to get a little look at newly acquired pitcher Miguel Socolovich and catcher Anthony Recker. They’ll join the team soon.

— Carrie Muskat

8/28 Minor League report

Greg Rohan and Dave Sappelt each homered in Iowa’s 4-3 loss to Nashville on Monday night. Seth McClung took the loss, giving up four runs on eight hits and four walks over five innings. Esmailin Caridad, Jaye Chapman and Marcus Hatley each threw a scoreless inning of relief.

Jae-Hoon Ha hit a three-run homer in the first to back Dae-Eun Rhee and lift Tennessee to a 5-3 win over Mobile. Rhee gave up one earned run over five innings, striking out six. Junior Lake and Logan Watkins each had two hits.

Daytona’s game against Clearwater was postponed because of the weather.

Starling Peralta gave up two runs over six innings inpeoria’s 7-3 win over Wisconsin. Jacob Rogers hit his second home run in as many days and Jorge Soler scored two runs, hit a double and stole a base. It was Peralta’s eighth quality start.

Boise, which has secured a post-season spot, opens its final regular season home stand on Tuesday against Everett.

Yasiel Balaguert hit a three-run home run in the second inning to help Mesa beat the Giants, 3-1.

— Carrie Muskat

5/2 Minor League report

Brett Jackson had four hits and scored four runs to help Iowa end a six-game losing streak and beat Memphis, 13-4, on Tuesday night. Jackson doubled to leadoff the game, the first of 11 batters to the plate in the first. Jackson added another double in the first. Jay Jackson picked up the win, striking out six and giving up three runs on six hits over five innings. Dave Sappelt added a two-run homer, his third hit of the game. The I-Cubs finished with a season-high 13 hits. Adrian Cardenas had three hits and three RBIs.

Brooks Raley gave up three runs on eight hits over six innings in Tennessee’s 6-5 loss to Montgomery. Logan Watkins and Michael Burgess each had two hits, including home runs. Watkins had two RBIs. Kevin Rhoderick gave up one hit in one inning of relief.

Austin Kirk gave up two runs on five hits over eight innings in Daytona’s 7-3, 10-inning loss to Clearwater. Arismendy Alcantara had two hits and Rubi Silva had two RBIs. Daytona manager Brian Harper had a closed door meeting with the team after the game. Harper told reporters he wanted to emphasize the importance of “sticking together and fighting through this.” Daytona is 5-6 at home with five blown saves.

Peoria had Tuesday off and opens a series Wednesday night against Kane County.

— Carrie Muskat

4/22 Minor League report

Casey Coleman struck out seven and gave up two runs on five hits over six innings in Iowa’s 12-7 loss to Memphis. Dave Sappelt homered and Brett Jackson had two hits. Anthony Rizzo had two hits and three RBIs. Coleman did not get a decision. The Cubs were short-handed, pitching-wise, and first baseman/catcher Blake Lalli and infielder Alfredo Amezaga each chipped in on the mound, with Lalli getting two outs and Amezaga one.

Nick Struck gave up two runs on four hits over five innings in Tennessee’s 4-2 win over Chattanooga. Jae-Hoon Ha had three hits. Marcus Hatley picked up his first save.

Eric Jokisch gave up two runs on seven hits over 5 2/3 innings in Daytona’s 13-2 win over Tampa. Nelson Perez had three hits, including a home run, and drove in three runs.

Michael Jensen gave up two runs on two hits over seven innings, striking out six, in Peoria’s 2-1 loss to Great Lakes. Paul Hoilman and Oliver Zapata each had two hits.

— Carrie Muskat

3/27 Cubs 7, Reds 4

What went right:

Welington Castillo, fighting for the backup catcher’s job, led off the ninth with his second spring homer, launching the ball to left center. Dave Sappelt added a three-run shot off the center field wall. Darwin Barney had three hits, including a RBI double in the third. Bryan LaHair was 3-for-5, and now is batting .309 this spring.

What went wrong:

Matt Garza had a 3-0 lead when he left the game in the fifth with two on and nobody out. New reliever Shawn Camp gave up a sacrifice fly and RBI single. Lendy Castillo, the Cubs’ Rule 5 pick, was called for a balk in the seventh, which led to a tying run. Blake Parker had a tough ninth in relief, facing seven batters.


“Predictions and odds are what they are. … The bottom line is when you have starting pitching like we do, you can do a lot of things if other people live up to half of their expectations during the season and you catch the ball and you’re getting timely hitting. The key to our offense is timely hitting as much as anything.” — Cubs manager Dale Sveum on preseason predictions.

Injury report:

Marcos Mateo continues to rehab from right elbow soreness. He will not be ready for Opening Day.


* Manager Dale Sveum and his staff will meet after Wednesday’s game to go over the roster. There are still 40 players in camp, including 20 pitchers. They need to get down to 25 players (12 pitchers). Said Sveum: “We’ll get everything 95 percent finished.” Still to be determined is backup catcher (Clevenger vs. Castillo), the final bench and the bullpen. James Russell will likely be the only lefty in the ‘pen. Casey Coleman is one of the candidates for the long man role. The right-hander has been hitting 94 mph on the radar gun.

* Kerry Wood is slated to pitch Saturday. It’s been his plan to cut back on Cactus League innings to prepare for the regular season.

* First base coach Dave McKay usually takes the All-Star break off but will likely be in Kansas City on July 10 as a coach on Tony La Russa’s National League staff. McKay and La Russa have been on the same staffs for 25 years, going back to time together in Oakland. “I owe him a lot,” McKay said.

Up next:

Jeff Samardzija will make his fourth Cactus League start and fifth spring appearance on Wednesday when the Cubs play host to the Indians at HoHoKam Park in Mesa. The right-hander, hoping to secure a spot in the rotation, has struck out 11 and not walked a batter this spring over 14 innings. Expect Randy Wells to pitch at least one inning in relief. Wells will get another start on April 1. The game will be broadcast on

— Carrie Muskat