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10/26 Winter ball update

* Marcus Hatley picked up his third save on Friday, pitching for the Tomateros in the Mexican Winter League. The right-hander, who pitched for Double-A Tennessee and Triple-A Iowa last season, now has a 1.35 ERA in seven games in relief, giving up one earned runs over 6 2/3 innings. He’s got 10 strikeouts.

* Hector Rondon, the Cubs’ Rule 5 pick who compiled a 4.77 ERA in 45 games, has given up one hit while striking out three in two innings of relief for Leones del Caracas in the Venezuelan Winter League.

6/13 Cubs 6, Reds 5, 14 innings

The Cubs played their own version of overtime on Thursday, as pinch-hitter Julio Borbon hit a walk-off RBI single with two outs in the 14th to post a 6-5 victory over the Reds and avoid a four-game sweep. Maybe they were inspired by the Blackhawks, who beat the Bruins in triple overtime Wednesday night in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final. The Cubs snapped the Reds’ Wrigley Field winning streak at 12, the longest by an opponent in franchise history.

“I feel a lot better now that we broke that streak,” Dale Sveum said. “If we have to play extra innings to beat them, we’ll play extra innings.”

With the game tied at 5, Starlin Castro singled to center against Jonathan Broxton. Anthony Rizzo struck out, and Castro stole second on the play, and moved to third when Alfonso Soriano grounded out. The Reds intentionally walked Nate Schierholtz, who hit two triples in the game, to face Borbon, who lined a 1-0 pitch to left.

“I was looking for a pitch to drive,” Borbon said. “I was looking for that pitch middle away to be able to stay on it, and I got it, and I was ready for it.”

The game-winning hit came five hours after the first pitch. Borbon kept loose on the chilly day by stretching in the weight room, but didn’t take any swings off the clubhouse batting tee.

“It’s my first walkoff,” Borbon said. “It was definitely worth the wait.”

Sveum thought the game might be over in the ninth when Castro smacked a ball off the outfield wall in left, and ended up with a double.

“He crushed that ball,” Sveum said. “That was a a shame — we would’ve been in New York by now.”

The six runs were unusual for the Cubs, who averaged 2.4 runs per game in their last eight games entering Thursday. This was Castro’s first game back in the No. 2 spot after being dropped to sixth and seventh for eight games.

“After today, I might put him somewhere else,” Sveum said.

Chicago pitchers combined to strike out a season-high 19 batters, and the relievers shut down the Reds for eight innings.

“It was a good team effort,” said Blake Parker, who struck out three over two innings in relief. “For me to go in a tight situation, and it’s the first game I’ve been in that’s a close game, and it felt good. It felt like I was right where I wanted to be.”

* This was the Cubs’ longest game since a 6-3, 14-inning win June 7, 2009, at Cincinnati.

* Jeff Samardzija gave up a season-high 10 hits. He’s now 0-1 with a 3.50 ERA in three starts vs. the Reds.

* Hector Rondon earned his first victory, striking out four over two innings. Carlos Marmol struck out the side in the 10th, and now has 701 career Ks.

– Carrie Muskat

3/22 Cubs 4, Brewers 1

Darwin Barney hit a two-run home run with two outs in the ninth and Dioner Navarro followed with a solo shot to lift the Cubs to a 4-1 victory Friday over the Brewers. Carlos Villanueva did not get a decision, but had a solid start, throwing six shutout innings. The right-hander walked one, the first free pass given up by a Cubs starter in the last three games.

“I think the way this staff is rounding up now, you want strike throwers,” Villanueva said. “I had that one walk and I’m furious about that. You hate giving up free runners. I don’t know what the percentage is but they usually end up scoring. You make them earn it. Sometimes, it sounds kind of [strange], but you’d rather give up a homer than a walk. If it’s going to score, at least you earn it.”

Hector Rondon, the Cubs’ Rule 5 pick, earned the win in relief, striking out two over one inning.

– Carrie Muskat

3/11 Cubs 7, D-backs 5

Jeff Samardzija hit a solo home run and Welington Castillo added a two-run shot to lift the Cubs to a 7-5 victory Monday over the Diamondbacks in front of a sellout crowd of 12,436 in Scottsdale. Darwin Barney hit a two-run double in the seventh and scored on Jorge Soler’s single to break a 4-4 tie. Samardzija gave up four runs on four hits over 4 2/3 innings, and Blake Parker picked up the save. Rule 5 pick Hector Rondon gave up one hit and struck out one in two-thirds of inning. Steve Clevenger, who played the entire game at first base, had three hits.

* The Cubs have Tuesday off and return to action Wednesday when they play host to the Rockies at HoHoKam Stadium. Edwin Jackson will get Wednesday’s start and Starlin Castro was expected back in the Cubs lineup for the first time since Feb. 27. The shortstop has been sidelined with a tight hamstring.

* Scott Baker and Carlos Villanueva will both pitch at Fitch Park on Tuesday.

– Carrie Muskat

3/1 Extra bases

* So far, Rule 5 pick Hector Rondon has looked sharp in his two outings. The right-hander has given up one hit and struck out two over two innings.

“I feel really good,” Rondon said.

“That was pretty nice,” Dale Sveum said of Rondon’s outing on Thursday against the Athletics. “The ball was coming out of his hand pretty well. He threw a couple real good sliders, and I didn’t know he had that good of one and he threw one with a lot of tilt on it. With health, that might be a pretty good steal.”

Rondon, who was the Indians’ Minor League Pitcher of the Year in 2009, has been slowed by two elbow injuries.

“He has legitimate stuff,” Sveum said. “[Thursday], he was 92, 93 [mph] with a good slider, he threw strikes. He’s always been a strike thrower. That’s nice to have in your back pocket. The guy’s always been a strike thrower and now that he’s completely healthy — the only kicker is we have to get him to be able to throw two innings.”

They want the right-hander to be able to throw two innings before Spring Training ends.

* Jorge Soler threw a perfect strike to third to get A’s Josh Reddick on Thursday. That’s the kind of play Sveum wants to see this spring.

“That was a very impressive throw, accurate, too,” Sveum said. “All the throws — he doesn’t just have a good arm but an accurate arm. That’s an added plus to a guy with the tools. A lot of time you have the arm but it’s all over the place. He’s got a good feel for accuracy. Even his at-bats — I know he’s striking out a little bit but he’s seeing pitches. It’s not a premeditated type swing.”

* Soler still needs to play in the Minor Leagues and develop his skills. He’s not in the mix for the big league team this year but Sveum said the Cubs will likely take five outfielders when they break camp. Also expect to see Steve Clevenger at first base once Anthony Rizzo leaves to join Team Italy for the World Baseball Classic. Clevenger could make the final 25-man roster as an extra catcher/backup first baseman/left-handed bat/pinch-run option.

“He puts himself in the mix,” Sveum said of Clevenger, who will start at first on Saturday against the Giants. “If you can have that third catcher to where you can pinch run and not worry about the other catcher getting hurt, that obviously comes into the mix. It all depends on what happens at third base — a lot of these decisions.”

The Cubs are waiting to see if Ian Stewart will be healthy for the season. If not, Luis Valbuena, who is a utility option, most likely will start at third.

Brent Lillibridge is a versatile player who gives the Cubs someone who can play everywhere. Sveum didn’t want to say Lillibridge was set on making the 25-man roster but did say it’s “definitely a strong possibility.” Lillibridge is a non-roster invitee in camp.

* Starlin Castro, who felt some tightness in his left hamstring on Wednesday, wasn’t expected back in the Cubs lineup until Monday.

* Matt Garza, who has been sidelined with a strained left lat, will resume his throwing on Saturday.

* Dontrelle Willis, who came out of a game because of fatigue in his left shoulder, is pain free and has resumed throwing in the Minor League camp.

– Carrie Muskat

2/12 Tuesday first watch – Updated

There’s frost on the fields at Fitch Park for Tuesday’s first workout of pitchers and catchers. How cold is it? Hitting coach James Rowson, who was working with some early bird position players in the cages, needed some winter head gear.

* Pitchers Dayan Diaz and Hector Rondon were the only ones who failed to report on Monday. Both were delayed because of visa problems. Rondon is the Cubs’ Rule 5 pick.

* Pitchers scheduled to throw Tuesday include: Scott Baker, Scott Feldman, Kyuji Fujikawa, Travis Wood, Barret Loux, Alberto Cabrera, Carlos Villanueva, Brooks Raley, Michael Bowden, Jensen Lewis, Drew Carpenter, Robert Whitenack, Rafael Dolis, and Hisanori Takahashi.

* For those of you interested in uniform numbers, new Cubs outfielder Scott Hairston will wear No. 21.

* Kerry Wood is in camp as an extra instructor. No talk of a comeback.

* Casey Coleman spent part of his offseason rehabbing at D1 Sports in Knoxville, Tenn., which is co-owned by Peyton Manning. Coleman was shut down in August after feeling some discomfort in his right shoulder, and didn’t resume throwing until December. Now, he’s trying to build up strength. The right-hander has bounced between starting and relieving, but says this year, he’s been told he’ll be used solely in relief.

– Carrie Muskat

12/15 Winter League update

Tony Campana was 1-for-4 on Friday for Leones del Caracas in the Venezuelan Winter League. Campana was batting .231 overall with eight stolen bases in 16 games. Pitcher Hector Rondon, whom the Cubs acquired in the Rule 5 Draft, has given up 10 earned runs on 15 hits over 20 innings while striking out 11 in 22 games. Teams were batting .214 agaisnt him.

Luis Valbuena was 1-for-5 on Friday for Cardenales de Lara. He’s now batting .308 in 41 games in Venezuela.

Junior Lake continued to rank among the league leaders in the Dominican with a .326 average. Lake has seven doubles, one triple and four home runs over 39 games. He’s started in left field in six of his last 12 games.

12/11 Winter League updates

Junior Lake was 2-for-4 on Saturday with two RBIs for Estrellas de Oriente in the Dominican Republic. Lake was batting .336 in 38 games with four home runs and 19 RBIs. He’s hitting .579 (11-for-19) against left-handed pitchers.

Updating Michael Bowden’s last outing for Aguilas Cibaenas in the Dominican: the right-hander gave up three runs on seven hits and one walk over 4 2/3 innings on Saturday. He’s now 3-3 with a 3.62 ERA in seven starts.

Dave Sappelt was batting .324 in 18 games with Bravos de Margarita in Venezuela.

Hector Rondon, whom the Cubs acquired in the Rule 5 Draft from the Indians, has a 4.26 ERA in 21 games in relief for Leones del Caracas in Venezuela. He’s given up nine earned runs on 13 hits and five walks, while striking out 11 over 19 innings. Teams were batting .197 against him.

Tony Campana was batting .205 with seven stolen bases in 14 games with Leones del Caracas.

– Carrie Muskat

12/7 Winter ball update

Tony Campana may be able to give the Cubs a good scouting report on new pitcher Hector Rondon. The two are playing for the same team in Venezuela. On Thursday, Campana was 1-for-4 and scored a run on Thursday for Leones del Caracas in Venezuelan winter league play. He’s batting .200 in 13 games. Rondon, acquired in Thursday’s Rule 5 Draft from the Indians organization, gave up one run on two hits over one inning in relief on Thursday for Leones. Rondon, who is coming back from two elbow procedures, has appeared in 20 games in Venezuela, striking out 11 over 18 innings.

Dave Sappelt was 2-for-4 with one RBI and scored two runs for Bravos de Margarita in Venezuela. He was batting .324 in 18 games with three home runs, three doubles, one triple and 10 RBIs.

– Carrie Muskat

12/6 Rule 5 Draft update

The Cubs feel Hector Rondon not only is finally healthy but also could be a key part of the bullpen in 2013. The Cubs selected Rondon, who was the Indians’ Minor League Pitcher of the Year in 2009, with the second pick overall in the Rule 5 Draft on Thursday at the Winter Meetings. Rondon, 24, has been limited the last three seasons following right elbow UCL reconstruction surgery on Aug. 25, 2010. He fractured the same joint during winter ball in Venezuela in 2011.

The Cubs have been following him in Venezuela this winter, where he’s pitching for Leones del Caracas and had a 2-1 record and 3.71 ERA in 19 games, all in relief. He has struck out 11 and walked five over 17 innings. Hitters were batting .172 against him this winter. Cubs coach Franklin Font is on the Leones staff in Venezuela, and has filed reports on Rondon, plus the Cubs have sent their scouts to watch the right-hander. All the reports have been good. Rondon led the Indians organization in strikeouts in 2009 with 137 and was fourth in innings pitched. He’s made just 13 appearances in the last three years as he rehabs his elbow.

“He was a really good prospect with the Indians,” GM Jed Hoyer said. “We’ve been watching him in Venezuela this winter and he’s been throwing really, really well. He’s got a great arm and we feel we can capitalize on that he’s healthy now and throwing the ball well.”

* The Cubs also lost four players in the Rule 5 Draft, including right-handed pitcher Starling Peralta, who was taken by the Diamondbacks 14th overall in the Major League portion. Peralta was 5-8 with a 3.44 ERA for Class A Peoria. Among his starts was a strong outing Aug. 7 against Clinton when he struck out 14 over seven innings, giving up one run on two hits.

In the Triple-A phase of the draft, the Astros selected outfielder Michael Burgess with the first pick, the Cardinals took infielder Matt Cerda, and the Blue Jays selected right-handed pitcher Alvido Jimenez.

Burgess was a first-round pick by the Nationals in 2007, and the Cubs acquired him in January 2011 in the Tom Gorzelanny deal. Last season, he batted .259 with 10 home runs, one triple and 22 doubles at Double-A Tennessee.

Cerda played for Class A Daytona and Double-A Tennessee last season, and batted a combined .241 in 111 games with three home runs, two triples, 13 doubles and seven stolen bases. He was the Cubs’ fourth-round pick in 2008.

Jimenez was 3-4 with a 2.64 ERA in 15 games with the Cubs’ Mesa Rookie League team last season.

With the moves, the Cubs’ 40-man roster is now at 38.

– Carrie Muskat

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