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6/6 All-Star Smokies

Four members of Double-A Tennessee were named to the Southern League All-Star Game.  Position players Jim Adduci and Justin Bour will join Frank Batista and Kevin Rhoderick on the North Division team for the June 19 game, to be played at Smokies Park. Players were selected by a vote of Southern League field managers, radio broadcasters, general managers and print media. Adduci, 27, will make his third appearance on an All-Star team, having being named to both the Florida State League’s mid-season and postseason teams in 2008.  Batista, 23, was named to an All-Star team for the third time in his young career.  The right-handed reliever was named to the FSL mid-season and postseason squads in 2011.  This season, Batista has converted all seven of his save opportunities and has a 1.23 ERA. Bour, 24, heads into the All-Star break as one of the Southern League’s big hitters.  His 43 RBIs leads the Southern League, and he is also tied for the team lead in home runs (6) and second in doubles (13). Rhoderick, 23, was named to his first All-Star team in only his second season of professional baseball. A right-handed reliever, he has an 0.79 ERA with six saves.

— Carrie Muskat 

9/11 Cubs Minor League report

Tennessee won its third straight Southern League North Division Championship with a 7-2 victory over Chattanooga on Saturday. The win completed a sweep, and gave the Smokies a berth in the Southern League Championship Series, expected to begin Wednesday. Trey McNutt earned the win, giving up two runs on seven hits over five innings. Rebel Ridling drove in four runs, including a two-run triple in the first and a two-run single in the fourth. Jae-Hoon Ha turned a double play to end the bottom of the sixth as he made a running catch on a fly ball by Travis Denker then doubled up Jake Lemmerman at first to end the inning. Ha also made another highlight reel grab to end the eighth, stealing a base hit away from Brian Cavazos-Galvez. The Smokies will play the winner of the South Division Championship Series (either Mobile or Birmingham).

* The Daytona Cubs are one win away from their first Florida State League title in three years. The D-Cubs beat St. Lucie, 10-4, on Saturday to win Game 2 of the best-of-five series. Justin Bour had two hits, including a three-run homer. Five Cubs had multiple hits, and Matt Szczur finished 3-for-4 with a double and two RBIs. Frank Del Valle threw six shutout innings, giving up two hits and striking out eight. Jake Optiz also homered.

* For Michael Brenly, Sept. 11, 2001, was a day he’ll never forget. He was 15 then and the bat boy for the Arizona Diamondbacks, who were playing the Yankees in the World Series. His dad, Bob Brenly, now the Cubs TV analyst, was the D-Backs manager. Father and son went to Ground Zero when the team was in New York for the Series. Michael took off his plastic hard hat and asked some of the volunteers there to sign it. The family still has the hat, mounted on the wall of their Arizona home.

“That was a life-changing day,” Michael told the Daytona Beach News-Journal. “For us to get to go down there so quickly after that happened, I would say it was something that no one wanted to see, but it was something I cherished the opportunity to see. Going into it, I was a little skeptical, because I knew it would be a lot of emotion. But I’m very happy that I did it. I wouldn’t trade that experience, getting to meet them.

“They were digging through fire and smoke to give those families any kind of hope that they could,” said Michael, now a catcher for the Daytona team. “Those guys are real heroes, giving their time and their effort and long days without their families.”

— Carrie Muskat


7/19 Minor League report

Welington Castillo hit his 12th homer and Tyler Colvin hit a triple and drove in a run but it wasn’t enough as Iowa lost to Nashville, 5-3, in 10 innings on Monday night. Alberto Cabrera gave up two runs on five hits and struck out six over six innings. Colvin, DJ LeMahieu, Ryan Flaherty and Scott Moore each had two hits.

Tennessee beat Mississippi 2-1 in 10 innings in the completion of Sunday’s suspended game. Ty Wright had four hits. In the regularly scheduled game, Austin Bibens-Dirkx gave up four runs on six hits over four innings and took the loss, 4-1.

Justin Bour hit his 19th homer and Michael Burgess hit his 12th as Daytona lost 10-5 to Bradenton. Greg Rohan had four hits in his first game with Daytona, and Matt Szczur posted his fourth straight multi-hit game.

Richard Jones had three hits and Matt Loosen threw five scoreless innings but Peoria lost, 5-3, in 10 innings to Fort Wayne. Jones had two RBIs and now has a 13-game hitting streak.

Zeke DeVoss, the Cubs’ third-round pick in June, stole five bases in his first game with Boise in an 8-7 loss to Spokane. The Hawks gave up five runs in the ninth.

Gioskar Amaya and Eduardo Gonzalez each had two hits in Mesa’s 4-3 win over the Dodgers.

— Carrie Muskat

5/25 Tuesday’s Minor League games

Robert Coello gave up four runs on eight hits and five walks over 5 1/3 innings in Iowa’s 4-1 loss to Las Vegas. Brad Snyder had two hits, including a solo homer, his seventh.

Alberto Cabrera gave up three runs on six hits over seven innings in Tennessee’s 10-5 win over Mississippi. Cabrera now is 6-2 with a 5.36 ERA. Ryan Flaherty extended his hitting streak to nine games with his 11th homer and Jae-Hoon Ha added a solo homer.

Justin Bour had three hits, including his 12th homer, and two RBIs in Daytona’s 9-7 win over St. Lucie. Junior Lake and Jake Optiz also homered. Optiz finished with four RBIs.

Su-Min Jung gave up nine runs on 10 hits over 3 2/3 innings in Peoria’s 10-2 loss to Wisconsin. Greg Rohan and Richard Jones had two hits each.

* Minor League notes: Tyler Colvin went 0-for-4, and was batting .292 since joining the Iowa Cubs. He missed hitting for the cycle on Sunday by a home run, then homered on Monday. “Mechanically, I’m fine,” Colvin told the Des Moines Register. “It’s just about getting my timing back.”

Geovany Soto will join Double-A Tennessee Thursday and Friday. He’s been on the DL since May 11 with a strained left groin. Outfielder James Adduci had a broken bone in his hand surgically repaired and may miss the rest of the season.

— Carrie Muskat

5/10 Extra bases

Andrew Cashner and Randy Wells, both on the disabled list, threw two innings each of live batting practice on Monday in Mesa, Ariz., at the team’s extended Spring Training complex. The next step for Wells will be an extended spring game on Thursday in Mesa. Cashner will have another live BP session Thursday.

* Manager Mike Quade says he’ll announce on Wednesday who will be the Cubs starter on Saturday against the Giants. James Russell has filled in and gone 0-4 with a 10.05 ERA in four starts.

* Starlin Castro was in the No. 7 spot in the Cubs’ lineup Tuesday, the lowest he’s been in the order since the season began. He’s battling a 2-for-25 skid in his last six games. He’s hitting .300 overall, but is .137 (7-for-51) in his last 12 games. Castro batted .393 in his first 20 games of the year.

“We’re protecting the kid and trying to help the club and trying to get him out of a bit of a mess,” Quade said. “It seemed appropriate to me. That’s just what we do.”

* Minor League pitcher Kyle Smit was placed on the disabled list because of a strained left shoulder. … Catcher Max Ramirez was claimed on waivers by the Astros.

* Justin Bour has opened some eyes in the Cubs organization. The first baseman was batting .289 with eight homers and 22 RBIs for Class A Daytona.

— Carrie Muskat