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5/24 Minor matters & Wright's honor

Tennessee’s Ty Wright was named the Southern League Hitter of the Week for the week of May 17-23. Wright hit two grand slams during the week and he raised his season RBIs total to 42. It’s not even the All-Star break. For the week, he batted .321 with 13 RBIs, four home runs and three doubles. Wright is batting .291 for the season.

In Minor League games Sunday:

* J.R. Mathes gave up three runs on seven hits over six innings in Iowa’s 11-7 win over Colorado Springs on Sunday. Jim Adduci and Darwin Barney each had three hits and Adduci drove in a season-high four runs.

* Hung-Wen chen gave up three runs on eight hits over six innings in Tennessee’s 4-1 loss to Jacksonville. Wright drove in the only run wiht a double. He now has an RBI in four of his last five games.

* DJ LeMahieu went 4-for-4 in Daytona’s 9-7 loss to Fort Myers. LeMahieu had two RBIs and stole two bases.

* Rob Whitenack gave up three runs on three hits and three walks over six innings in Peoria’s 6-5 win over Quad Cities. With the win, the Chiefs moved into a second-place tie.

— 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

3/26 Roster moves

The Cubs sent seven players to the Minor League camp on Friday to reduce the spring roster to 33 players. Right-handed pitchers Jeff Gray and Marcos Mateo, lefty John Gaub and outfielder Jim Adduci were optioned to Triple-A Iowa. Infielders Darwin Barney and Bobby Scales and catcher Robinson Chirinos were assigned to the Minor League camp.

The roster is now at 33, including 15 pitchers, three catchers, nine infielders, and six outfielders. Both Ted Lilly and Angel Guzman will open the season on the disabled list.

— Carrie Muskat

3/24 Colvin could be on team

Tyler Colvin could make the Cubs’ Opening Day roster but only if they feel they can give him enough at-bats.

“First of all, Colvin has had an outstanding spring,” Piniella said Wednesday. “Colvin has played well enough to make this team. The concern is we don’t want this young man to make this team and just sit. So, if he’s on our Opening Day roster, he’s going to get some playing time. He’s just not going to sit.”

Could Piniella give him a couple starts a week?

“I’m going to have to,” Piniella said. “We just don’t want a young player like Colvin to make the team and sit down and not play. If Colvin is with us, he’s going to get some playing time. To his credit, he can play all three outfield positions. We just don’t want him sitting. We’ll see how it works out.”

Colvin entered play on Wednesday ranked fourth in the Cactus League with a .438 average. His 21 hits lead the Majors while his 30 total bases tops the Cactus League and are tied for fifth most overall.

“He has played really well this spring,” Piniella said. “If I didn’t have Fukudome, Byrd or Soriano, he would be a regular at one of those positions this spring.”

There are two other outfield options still in camp in Jim Adduci and Sam Fuld. Fuld is a different type of player and looked at as more of a defensive sub.

“I know if Colvin is here, my job is to get him some playing time,” Piniella said.

— Carrie Muskat

3/20 And the winner of Cubs Idol is …

Pitcher Justin Berg, who performed his own song, and infielder Darwin Barney, who played Coldplay’s “Nobody Said It Was Easy” on the piano, were named co-winners of the first Cubs Idol on Saturday.

The two were among the seven finalists, who sang for judges Ryan Dempster, Derrek “Dog” Lee, Kevin Millar, and Aramis Ramirez on a stage beyond right field at HoHoKam Park. NFL quarterback Steve Young was a celebrity judge and took part in the evaluation — and comments.

There were some interesting final performances. Outfielder Jim Adduci wore white wings decorated with white feathers, which were also stuck randomly all over his body, and sang “I Believe I Can Fly.” He should stick to baseball. Said Young: “We wouldn’t allow this in my sport.”

Reliever James Russell showed quite a bit of range singing Earth, Wind and Fire’s “Reasons.” Lee said the left-hander was one of the most improved competitors and showed he could “hit the high notes like Whitney Houston.” Young, however, thought Russell sounded more like the singer, Charo.

Starlin Castro sang in both English and Spanish, doing a song by 50 Cent. Said Ramirez: “They didn’t understand what you said but I did.” Outfielder Brad Snyder died his hair purple and did Steel Dragon’s “Stand Up and Shout.” Dempster thought it was a bad song selection and that Snyder “took a step back.” Said Millar: “You’re here on your looks only.”

Tyler Colvin played guitar and had one of the best vocals of the day. Said Young: “I didn’t thikn I’d see something like that today.”

But Berg and Barney wowed the crowd of players and team personnel. Berg performed his own song, “As the Days Go By,” which he wrote while playing rookie ball with the Yankees. The right-hander received a standing ovation fro the crowd and the judges and said performing the song was more nerve-wracking than when he made his Major League debut. Barney followed on the piano. Dempster said everyone who can only play chopsticks was jealous.

Berg and Barney were declared co-winners, and will each receive a check for $10,000 to be given to the charity of their choice. The competition began with 28 contestants.

“That was awesome,” Dempster said. “Some of these guys, like Russell, they came a long way. Doing stuff like this is fun. You get to know everybody in camp, it brings everybody together, you laugh and have a good time. Some of these guys can really sing — ‘Bergy’ and Barney, I didn’t think it would be that tough [to decide a winner]. They both did such a great job.”

— Carrie Muskat

3/14 Building the bench

Who’s on the Cubs bench most likely won’t be determined until the final week. They cannot keep both Keith Millar and Chad Tracy, and have to make sure they have enough backup outfield help. Xavier Nady can’t play the outfield full time when the season starts so the Cubs will need an extra outfielder.

The bench players who are set include Nady, Koyie Hill, and either Mike Fontenot or Jeff Baker (whoever isn’t starting). In a “perfect scenario,” Lou Piniella said Sunday, the Cubs would carry 11 pitchers. Pitching coach Larry Rothschild is insisting on 12.

“I keep talking to Larry and he keeps shaking his head,” Piniella said.

Expect Nady to play in the outfield in the last 10 days of Spring Training. He’s rehabbing his right elbow after undergoing Tommy John surgery for the second time in his career. Among the extra outfielders being considered are Sam Fuld, Tyler Colvin, Jim Adduci and Brad Snyder.

“All four of those kids can play all three positions,” Piniella said. “We’ll see what happens.”

— Carrie Muskat

3/9 Cubs Idol

Simon Cowell and Randy Jackson weren’t at HoHoKam on Tuesday but the Cubs didn’t need them as they are staging their own version of American Idol. Young players like Jim Adduci, Mike Parisi, Brett Jackson and Andrew Cashner had to perform. The auditions are being done in private and will continue on Wednesday.

“This is my fourth or fifth spring here and the mood is great,” Randy Wells said. “Guys are coming in, joking around every day. Marlon Byrd is entertaining people and even [Kosuke Fukiudome] is getting in on the jokes. It’s just fun to come to the clubhouse. You’ve got Kevin Millar, [Ryan] Dempster, Cubs Idol going on.

“It’s fun to show up at the ballpark. I think that’s something that was missing a little bit last year,” Wells said.

Stay tuned.

— Carrie Muskat


12/22 Winter ball update

Cubs prospect Robinson Chirinos has been on fire in Venezuela. On Friday, he went 4-for-4, hitting a home run and driving in two runs, to help Magallanes beat Caribes, 7-4, in the Venezuelan Winter League. The catcher followed that with a 1-for-3 game on Sunday. He’s batting .359 in 46 games with 10 doubles, nine homers and 32 RBIs.

Andres Blanco played 37 games with Magallanes, and hit .291 with 11 doubles, two triples, two homers and 27 RBIs. He played primarily at second base and hit second in the order.

Sam Fuld played in six games for Aragua in Venezuela, and batted .241 with two doubles, two triples and five RBIs.

In the Mexican League, Jeff Stevens struck out one in one inning of relief Sunday for Mexicali. Stevens has appeared in 16 games for the Mexican League team, and has a 0-4 record, two saves and a 4.15 ERA. He’s walked nine over 17 1/3 innings and struck out 12. The right-hander is holding batters to a .212 average.

Infielder Junior Lake, who batted .248 for Class A Peoria this season, was 7-for-16 in four games with Estrellas in the Dominican League.

Outfielder Jim Adduci appears to have finished his Winter League assignment. He played in 20 games for Hermosillo and batted .224 with two homers and seven RBIs. Infielder Matt Camp batted .333 in 56 games for Mexicali. He hit 18 doubles, two triples, and two homers.

— Carrie Muskat

12/14 Winter ball update

Brad Snyder went 2-for-4, including a triple, and drove in two runs for Mexicali on Sunday. The outfielder was batting .380 with eight homers and 47 RBIs in 52 games in the Mexican League. Snyder batted .278 at Triple-A Iowa this season.

Matt Camp went 1-for-5 and was batting .336 in 53 games. Jeff Stevens walked two and gave up two runs in one-third of an inning for Mexicali. In 12 games, the right-hander has a 4.61 ERA. He has walked eight and given up nine hits over 13 2/3 innings. Jim Adduci was playing for Hermosillo, and batting .224 in 20 games.

In Venezuela, catcher Robinson Chirinos went 2-for-4 Sunday for Magallanes. He was batting .338 in 43 games with eight homers and 26 RBIs. The Cubs were worried they would lose Chirinos in the Rule 5 Draft.

Andres Blanco has apparently finished his Winter Ball stint, batting .294 in 35 games for Magallanes. His last game was Dec. 4.

— 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