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12/16 Winter ball update

Starlin Castro was 1-for-3 with a walk and scored a run in Escogido’s 3-1 win Wednesday over Estrellas in the Dominican Winter League. Bryan LaHair started in left field and went 1-for-4 for Estrellas. Brad Snyder started in center field in Licey’s 12-6 loss to Aguilas and was hitless. Former Cubs OF/IF Jake Fox hit his fourth homer, a two-run shot, in the first.

– Carrie Muskat

12/3 Postcard from La Romana

Cubs catcher Welington Castillo had a large contingent of fans cheering him on in La Romana Thursday night. A group of fans on a week-long trip to the Dominican Republic arranged to go to the Winter League game between the home Toros and Licey. Castillo and another Cubs player, outfielder Brad Snyder, play for Licey, as does ex Cubs infielder/catcher/outfielder Jake Fox.

Games in the D.R. are not boring. There are drums, trumpets, cowbells, thundersticks and loud music — and that’s during the game. Fans wave flags and recognize good plays — a double play to end an inning is cheered as if it’s a key out in a playoff game.

On Thursday, Castillo had one more distraction. A hot air balloon was being inflated behind the left field fence during his first at-bat. It seemed as if they were timing it to light the flame and illuminate the balloon just as the pitcher was preparing to throw to Castillo, but they kept doing it during the Toros’ players at-bats as well.

Fox hit two home runs — or jonrones — on Tuesday for Licey. He was not as successful on Thursday, although he did hit a fly ball to the gap in left which was caught. If you want to follow Licey, or just get a peek into baseball in the D.R., check out trainer Chris McDonald’s blog. He works for the Tigers’ Double-A team during the regular season in the U.S., and this is his seventh year in the D.R., sixth with Licey.

– Carrie Muskat

12/3 Cubs send Miles, Fox to A's

The Cubs Thursday traded Aaron Miles and Jake Fox to the Athletics for right-handed pitcher Jeff Gray and two prospects. It’s a good move for Fox, who could thrive in the AL as a designated hitter. Besides Gray, the Cubs pickup pitcher Ronny Morla and infielder Matt Spencer.

– Carrie Muskat

12/3 Winter ball update

Brad Snyder had two hits and Jeff Stevens picked up his second straight save in Mexicali’s 4-1 win over Culiacan on Wednesday. Snyder, who was claimed off waivers from Cleveland in September 2008, is batting .373 in 42 games in the Mexican Winter League with 36 RBIs. At Triple-A Iowa this year, he batted .278 with 14 homers and 44 RBIs in 69 games.

In Venezuela, Robinson Chirinos hit a two-run homer in Magallanes’ 8-7 loss to Margarita. Chirinos now has seven homers and 23 RBIs in 35 games.

In the Dominican Republic, Jake Fox went 1-for-4 in Licey’s 4-3 win over Gigantes. Fox went hitless for the first time on Tuesday, and now is batting .296 in seven games.

– Carrie Muskat

11/30 Winter ball update

Jake Fox went 3-for-5 Sunday for Licey with a double and two RBIs, and now is batting .350 with seven RBIs in five games in the Dominican Republic. In the Mexican League, Matt Camp went 4-for-5 on Saturday but was hitless in six at-bats Sunday for Mexicali. He’s still batting .349 with 23 RBIs in 43 games.

Also in Mexico, outfielder Jim Adduci, added to the 40-man roster on Nov. 20, was batting .250 in nine games for Hermosillo. He has two homers and six RBIs.

Jeff Stevens also is pitching in Mexico for Mexicali, and has appeared in five games so far. On Sunday, he took the loss against Mazatlan. Stevens struck out four over two innings but also walked one and served up a two-run homer.

And, in Venezuela, Blake Lalli went 2-for-4 with a RBI on Sunday for Caribes. He’s batting .353 in five games with one homer and three RBIs.

– Carrie Muskat

 

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

11/27 Winter ball update

Jake Fox didn’t waste any time. Fox traveled to the Dominican Republic on Monday to play for Licey, and in two games so far, he’s 3-for-7 with a double and one RBI. Fox is playing left field and first base for the Tigres.

– 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

10/1 Lineup change – D-Lee scratched

Derrek Lee was scratched from the Cubs’ lineup Thursday for a personal reason, so Jake Fox was inserted at first base and will bat fourth. Aramis Ramirez moved up to third in the order. So, if you’re scoring at home, it will be:

SS Theriot

LF Taguchi

3B Ramirez

1B Fox

2B Baker

RF Johnson

C Soto

CF Fuld

P Samardzija

– Carrie Muskat

 

 

9/26 Lineup & Lee update

Derrek Lee was not in the lineup Saturday to give him another day to recover from neck spasms that flared up Thursday. Jake Fox was starting at first base in Game 3 of this four-game series against the Giants. Also, Kevin Gregg threw on the side Saturday, and the Cubs want to see how he feels Sunday before deciding whether he’ll be available Tuesday for the final homestand. Gregg is bothered by inflammation in his rib cage.

Here’s the lineup:

SS Theriot

LF Taguchi

3B Ramirez

1B Fox

2B Baker

RF Johnson

C Soto

CF Fuld

P Gorzelanny

– Carrie Muskat

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