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12/28 Winter ball roundup

Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro went 2-for-4, hitting a two-run double in the fourth, in Escogido’s 5-4 loss to los Toros on Monday in the Dominican Winter League. Castro also tried to score with one out in the ninth but was thrown out at home. On Tuesday, Escogido (1-1) plays host to los Gigantes, who are 2-0 so far in the playoffs.

In Venezuela, Cubs prospect Marwin Gonzalez had a hit, three walks and scored twice in Caracas’ 6-5 win over Lara. Also, Cubs pitcher Jeff Gray threw 1 1/3 innings for his third save in Zulia’s 6-3 win over Magallanes.

New Cubs bench coach Pat Listach guided Ponce to a doubleheader sweep of Caguas on Monday. Listach is managing in Puerto Rico this winter.

— Carrie Muskat

9/5 Iowa Cubs FINAL

Allen Craig hit a RBI single with one out in the 15th inning off Jeff Gray to lift Memphis to an 8-7 win over the Iowa Cubs on Sunday. Iowa starter Jeff Gray gave up seven runs on eight hits over six innings, including four runs in the first. The loss was Gray’s first this season. Jason Dubois, Matt Camp and Bryan LaHair each had two RBIs. Iowa faces a must-win game Monday vs. Memphis to get to the playoffs. Both Iowa manager Ryne Sandberg and Memphis’ skipper were ejected in Sunday’s game.

— Carrie Muskat

9/4 Rookie "W's"

Thomas Diamond and James Russell both recorded their first big league wins this week, doing so in consecutive games. That has not been doing by a Cubs duo since Guy Bush and George Milstead did so in July 1924. Bush beat the Boston Braves on July 20, and Milstead did so the next day, both notching their first career wins.

So far this season, five Cubs pitchers have recorded their first “W’s,” including Diamond, Russell, Andrew Cashner, Casey Coleman and Jeff Gray.

— Carrie Muskat

8/28 Minor matters & Silva update

Jay Jackson gave up three runs on six hits over six innings in Iowa’s 9-8 win over Omaha. Robinson Chirinos, Bryan LaHair, Jason Dubois and Brad Snyder each homered for the I-Cubs. Snyder leads the team with 22 homers. Jeff Gray picked up the save, giving up one hit in the ninth.

* Rafael Dolis gave up two runs on eight hits over six innings in Tennessee’s 5-2 win over Birmingham. Steve Clevenger had three hits and is batting .680 (17-for-25) in his last seven games. Dolis is now 4-0 with a 2.22 ERA in five home starts. The Smokies reduced their magic number for clinching the Southern League Northern Division second half to two with the win.

* Daytona pitchers combined to strike out 17 — including 10 Ks by Alberto Cabrera — but lost 5-1 in 11 innings to Lakeland. Ryan Flaherty had two hits. Kyler Burke tied the game with a RBI single in the seventh.

* Carlos Silva gave up two hits — back to back singles in the second — over 2 2/3 innings in his rehab start for Class A Peoria. The Chiefs beat Cedar Rapids, 3-1. Jae-Hoon Ha and D.J. Fitzgerald each homered for the Chiefs. Fitzgerald’s blast, a two-run homer in the sixth, proved to be the difference. Silva threw 50 pitches, striking out one.

“It’s almost like I didn’t have to worry about my arm,” Silva said after the game. “The main thing was to throw and not think about what was going on, just let it go. That’s what I did.”

Silva is on schedule in his rehab from an abnormal heart rate.

“The plan today was to throw 50 pitches,” he said. “Right now, I’m looking to get back on track. I wanted to use every pitch and I did.”

Silva said he will likely throw on the side Sunday and make one more rehab appearance with the Chiefs Wednesday in Kane County.

* Cam Greathouse gave up two runs on six hits over 4 1/3 innings, striking out nine, in Boise’s 3-2 win over Tri-City. Pin-Chieh Chen had three hits and three RBIs in Mesa’s 8-7 loss.

— Carrie Muskat

8/26 Minor matters

Mitch Atkins threw six shutout innings but Iowa lost 2-0 in 11 innings on Scott Thorman’s walk-off homer for Omaha on Wednesday. Bryan LaHair had three hits and Jeff Gray threw two scoreless innings in relief.

Brett Jackson hit his fifth home run but it wasn’t enough as Tennessee lost 5-4 to West Tenn. Jackson’s homer in the eighth, a solo shot, tied the game at 4. Jeremy Papelbon gave up one run on three hits over three innings in the spot start.

Evan Crawford hit a walk-off sac fly in the ninth to lift Daytona to a 2-1 win over Clearwater. Jeffrey Beliveau picked up the win, pitching one inning in relief.

Ryan Searle gave up six runs on 11 hits over 4 2/3 innings in Peoria’s 6-3 loss to Cedar Rapids in the first game of a doubleheader. Matt Cerda homered and has at least one RBIs in his last five games. In the second game, Hak-Ju Lee notched his 34th multi-hit game in a 10-5 win over Cedar Rapids.

Boise scored five runs in the third to beat Tri-City, 7-6. Pierre LePage had three hits and three stolen bases. Arismendy Alcantara had two hits for his 14th multi-hit game of the season.

— Carrie Muskat

5/1 Caridad update & the 'pen

Rookie Esmailin Caridad was to throw one inning in Mesa, Ariz., on Saturday, and if all goes well, the right-hander could join Triple-A Iowa on Tuesday for a couple rehab appearances. Caridad is on the disabled list with a strained right forearm and has been rehabbing in Mesa at the Cubs’ Spring Training complex.

“I would think if everything is right, he could be joining us by next weekend in Cincinnati,” Lou Piniella said Saturday. “That’s the plan if everything goes right.”

Caridad was projected as the Cubs’ primary set-up pitcher but with his injury, the team moved Carlos Zambrano into that role. That will remain unchanged when Caridad returns.

“I think it’ll make us a little deeper from the right side,” Piniella said of the bullpen makeup when Caridad comes back. “We haven’t discussed what we’re going to do, assuming he’s there next weekend. It’s still too far away. But it’ll be one of the young pitchers he’ll be replacing.”

Which would mean one of the young right-handers — Justin Berg or Jeff Gray — could be re-assigned.

— Carrie Muskat

4/24 Roster move preview

The Cubs have to make a roster move prior to Saturday’s game to make room for Ted Lilly, who will be activated from the disabled list. With Carlos Zambrano going to the bullpen, the obvious move is sending a right-hander to Triple-A. Jeff Samardzija has an 18.90 ERA in four games, having given up seven earned runs on five hits and six walks over 3 1/3 innings. He is the most likely candidate. Whether Samardzija would start or be used only in relief at Iowa is not known. Among the other right-handers, Jeff Gray has given up three earned runs on six hits and two walks over five innings (5.40 ERA) and Justin Berg has given up four earned runs on six hits and three walks over seven innings (5.14 ERA).

— Carrie Muskat

4/14 Caridad on DL, Gray joins team

Esmailin Caridad was placed on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to April 12, because of inflammation in his right forearm. The right-hander said he felt it Monday. Jeff Gray, acquired from the Athletics for Jake Fox and Aaron Miles, was called up from Triple-A Iowa and added to the 25-man roster.

“I’ll use him the way I use the rest of these guys,” Lou Piniella said of Gray, who was slowed this spring because of a groin strain. “Get him in there and let him pitch. We have a little sorting out to do with our bullpen and we’re in the process of doing that.”

The Cubs came into the season thinking Caridad would be the leading set-up pitcher. Now, Piniella will call on pitchers based on the best matchup but he did say he will rely on John Grabow and Sean Marshall.

“The right-handers, will give them all opportunities,” Piniella said.

— Carrie Muskat


4/11 Minor matters

Michael Brenly hit a walkoff, three-run homer with two outs in the 12th Saturday to lift Daytona to a 7-4 victory over Brevard County. Alberto Cabrera started and threw six shutout innings, giving up two hits.

The Iowa Cubs and Ryne Sandberg dropped to 0-3 after losing 2-1 in 10 innings to Nashville. Starter Thomas Diamond gave up one run on four hits over five innings, striking out five. Jim Adduci was 2-for-5. Casey Coleman starts Sunday for the I-Cubs. Jeff Gray has pitched in two games, a total of three innings, and struck out one. He has not given up a hit or walked a batter.

Ty Wright hit a game-winning two-out, two-run homer in the seventh to lift Tennessee to a 7-3 win over Mississippi. He went 4-for-5 with a double and three RBIs. Marcos Mateo picked up the save, his first. Starlin Castro went 3-for-4 and is batting .462 (6-for-13) with two triples in three games.

Hak-Ju Lee had a hit and a RBI in Peoria’s 8-2 loss to Clinton. Jonathan Nagel took the loss, giving up three runs on six hits and striking out six over three innings.

— Carrie Muskat

4/1 Lou: "I like our team"

The Cubs wrap up the Mesa portion of their Cactus League schedule on Thursday when they face the Rockies. They’ll play two more games against the Diamondbacks at Chase Field Friday night and Saturday.

“I like our team,” Lou Piniella said. “I said that coming into Spring Training.”

The Cubs only had a couple setbacks this spring. They lost Angel Guzman for the season following arthroscopic shoulder surgery and Jeff Gray wasn’t able to throw full speed because of a sore groin.

The bullpen is young, there isn’t much speed. The Cubs do need to hit, Piniella said. The team has more options on the bench and more depth at the Minor Leagues, he said.

— Carrie Muskat