Results tagged ‘ Kosuke Fukudome ’

3/23 Looking ahead to Cubs vs. White Sox

On Thursday, the Cubs and White Sox will meet one more time before the regular season. The White Sox are expected to use a DH; Mike Quade posted his lineup, and said he wants Matt Garza to get some at-bats. Here’s the early lineup for Thursday:

RF Fukudome
SS Castro
CF Byrd
3B Ramirez
1B Pena
LF Soriano
2B Barney
C Hill
P Garza

– Carrie Muskat

3/14 Cubs lineup vs Mariners

Kosuke Fukudome played 10 innings Sunday in Las Vegas and will be back in right field on Monday in Peoria, Ariz., when the Cubs play the Mariners. Matt Garza is starting and other pitchers slated to go include Sean Marshall, Justin Berg and Thomas Diamond. Here’s the lineup:

RF Fukudome
CF Johnson
2B Moore
LF Montanez
1B LaHair
3B Vitters
C Castillo
SS Barney
P Garza

– Carrie Muskat

3/11 Fukudome family OK after quake

Kosuke Fukudome said he’s been in touch with his brother in Japan following the earthquake that struck on Friday and all is well. Fukudome hasn’t been able to communicate directly with his parents, but his brother told him they are OK, too. They do not live close to where the earthquake hit. Fukudome’s wife and son are already in Chicago. Interpreter Hiro Aoyama was able to make contact with his family as well, and everyone is fine following the 8.6 quake, which hit the east coast of Honshu.

– Carrie Muskat

3/9 Cubs lineup vs Royals

Here’s Wednesday’s Cubs lineup vs the Royals:

2B Baker
SS Castro
CF Byrd
3B Ramirez
C Soto
LF Soriano
1B Pena
RF Fukudome
P Garza

KC is starting a left-hander, which is why Pena and Fukudome are lower in the order.

– Carrie Muskat

2/25 Get your scorecard

Mike Quade posted lineups for the Cubs’ first three Cactus League games and listed both the starters and the backups. So, Tyler Colvin will backup Kosuke Fukudome on Sunday in right, Darwin Barney backup Starlin Castro at short, Fernando Perez will follow Marlon Byrd in center and Josh Vitters replace Aramis Ramirez at third. Bryan LaHair will follow Carlos Pena at first, Brett Jackson replace Alfonso Soriano in left, and Jeff Baker take over at second for Blake DeWitt. The starters are expected to get two at-bats or play minimum of five innings.

Here’s the starting lineup for Monday’s game vs. the Brewers:

CF Johnson
SS Barney
RF Colvin
LF Soriano
1B Pena
2B Baker
3B Marquez Smith
C Hill
P Wells

And for Tuesday’s game at Scottsdale vs. the Giants:

RF Fukudome
SS Castro
CF Byrd
3B Ramirez
C Soto
2B DeWitt
LF Johnson
1B LaHair
P Dempster

The only glitch to Quade’s organization is that he needs to check the calendar. Fukudome pointed out the date for the third game was listed as Feb. 29. There is no leap year.

“What is it — an Olympic year?” Fukudome asked Quade.

Some things are just lost in translation.

– Carrie Muskat

2/18 Fukudome arrives

Kosuke Fukudome entered the Cubs’ clubhouse around 9 a.m. MT Friday. The only position players who have not been seen in camp are Aramis Ramirez, Starlin Castro, Alfonso Soriano and Lou Montanez. The first full squad workout is scheduled for Saturday. Manager Mike Quade will have a team meeting at 9:30 a.m. MT with the players.

– Carrie Muskat

2/17 Cubs notebook

Blake DeWitt, Jeff Baker and Kosuke Fukudome are the three leading candidates to be the Cubs’ leadoff man. Manager Mike Quade plans on rotating the three during Cactus League games and would like to see someone assert themself and take the job. Fukudome, who has a career .368 on-base percentage in his three seasons with the Cubs, may be the best fit there.

“You can’t lose sight of the fact that if ‘Fuke’s’ in the lineup and it’s his day and he’s playing well, he’s the guy who fits best to me,” Quade said.

Quade did use Baker at the top of the order against some left-handed pitchers last season. Baker boasts a .350 average against lefties.

* Only the Nationals and the Pirates made more errors than the Cubs did last season and one of manager Mike Quade’s goals is to have the team play better defense. “We need to be better, period,” Quade said Thursday. “We talk about [Blake] DeWitt and we talk about [Starlin Castro] and those are two kids who have a lot of work to do in the middle of the diamond.

“If [Aramis Ramirez] is healthy, we should be fine,” Quade said. “I’ve seen [Carlos Pena]  play very good first base. Our catcher, [Geovany Soto], needs improvement throwing. Whether we improve marginally or a little bit or whatever, it will be a point of emphasis [this spring].

“These guys will understand we need to be better defensively,” Quade said. “I believe, like most clubs, pitching and defense will be huge. We’ve got some arms we’re excited about but we’ve got to make plays behind them.”

The Cubs finished with a .979 fielding percentage, tied for last in the National League with the Marlins, Nationals and Pirates.

* Young catcher Welington Castillo will get a good look this spring. Quade was impressed by his defense last season. Castillo needs to learn more about the mental aspect of catching and handling pitchers.

* The only position players not in camp are Aramis Ramirez, Alfonso Soriano, Starlin Castro and Fukudome. Catcher Max Ramirez has been delayed because of visa problems but was expected Friday. The first full squad workout is scheduled for Saturday.

* The Cubs didn’t waste any time getting pitcher Robert Coello some work. The right-hander, acquired from the Red Sox, threw a side session on Thursday.

– Carrie Muskat

1/13 Leadoff by committee

Cubs manager Mike Quade hinted he may rotate players in the No. 1 spot in the order.

“You look at this club, as I do right now, and you say, ‘Who’s a perennial leadoff guy?’” Quade said. “‘Who’s the prototypical leadoff guy? Do we have one?’ And I would say, ‘I don’t think so.’ OK, when the answer is ‘I don’t think so,’ I can mix and match. Maybe somebody asserts himself as that guy, again, keeping an open mind and just making sure you weigh all the variables.”

That’s something that will play out this spring. Among the candidates to watch are Blake DeWitt, Jeff Baker and Kosuke Fukudome.

– Carrie Muskat

11/19 Hoffpauir eager to play in Japan

Micah Hoffpauir was shopping in a Dallas mall on Friday and added one more item to his holiday shopping list: some Japanese language tapes to help him adjust to his new team, the Nippon Ham Fighters. Hoffpauir, who has played his entire professional career with the Cubs, cleared unconditional release waivers on Friday and the rights to his contract were sold to the Japanese team. Those language tapes will help.

The Cubs are without a first baseman after trading Derrek Lee in August and letting free agent Xavier Nady go but Hoffpauir didn’t get a sense that he was their guy.

“I didn’t know what the Cubs were going to do,” Hoffpauir said. “Obviously, I thought they’d sign somebody and I’d be stuck in the same situation I was in the past. That’s not what we wanted. We wanted some sort of stability and that’s one of the main reasons we decided to do it.”

By “we,” Hoffpauir is including his wife Tiffany and soon to be 2-year-old daughter Addyson, who both had a vote. Hoffpauir plans on getting to Tokyo by Jan. 26 to get over jet lag before Spring Training begins Feb. 1.

“We’re definitely looking forward to the opportunity, no doubt,” Hoffpauir said. “It’ll be a neat experience.”

– Carrie Muskat

9/24 Cubs lineup vs Cardinals

Kosuke Fukudome and Alfonso Soriano are not in the Cubs’ starting lineup for Friday’s series opener against the Cardinals. Instead, Sam Fuld will be in left and Brad Snyder in right. It’s a blustery day at Wrigley Field. Hang onto your hats. Here’s the lineup:

LF Fuld
SS Castro
CF Byrd
3B Ramirez
1B Nady
2B DeWitt
RF Snyder
C Hill
P Gorzelanny

– Carrie Muskat

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