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4/6 Minor matters

Brad Nelson hit two home runs but it wasn’t enough as Albuquerque beat Iowa, 10-6, on Friday. Drew Carpenter started and took the loss, giving up five runs on six hits over four innings. Nelson, who is playing third base, went 2-for-4 and drove in three runs. Logan Watkins reached base five times, and was 3-for-3, scoring two runs.

Christian Villanueva was 3-for-5 with four RBIs in Tennessee’s 8-2 win over Pensacola. Alberto Cabrera struck out nine over six innings for the win. Jae-Hoon Ha had three hits.

Zeke DeVoss had three hits to power a 15-hit attack and lead Daytona to a 8-0 win over Brevard County. Javier Baez had two hits and two RBIs. Ryan Searle picked up the win in relief.

Tayler Scott gave up one unearned run over six innings and struck out six but did not get a decision as Kane County lost, 4-1, to Quad Cities. Wes Darvill had three hits.

– Carrie Muskat

3/11 Cubs roster moves

The Cubs trimmed six from the spring camp roster on Monday. Trey McNutt, Brooks Raley, Alberto Cabrera and Logan Watkins were optioned to Triple-A Iowa, Robert Whitenack was optioned to Double-A Tennessee, and pitcher Nick Struck was assigned to Minor League camp. Raley and Cabrera are projected as starters in Iowa’s rotation.

– Carrie Muskat

3/9 Cubs lineup

It’s chilly and wet at HoHoKam Stadium Saturday for the Cubs game against the Indians. Chris Rusin, who was to have pitched Friday night, will get the start and be followed by Brooks Raley. Alberto Cabrera and Kyuji Fujikawa also are scheduled to pitch. Here’s the lineup:

DeJesus CF
Baez SS
Castillo C
Schierholtz RF
Hairston DH
Valbuena 3B
Chavez LF
Nelson 1B
Watkins 2B

– Carrie Muskat

3/7 Bunting tourney update

Defending champion David DeJesus advanced to the elite eight with a win over Starlin Castro in the Cubs bunting tournament. DeJesus needed 35 points in the final round to beat Castro, and perfectly placed three bunts in a row, first on the “20″ spot, then the “10,” then the “5.” Edwin Jackson ousted Casey Coleman, who was the defending champion among the pitchers last year. Jackson will face the winner of the match between Hisanori Takahashi and strength coach Tim Buss.

Here are the elite eight pairings:

David DeJesus vs. Logan Watkins
Michael Brenly vs. Edwin Maysonet

Edwin Jackson vs. winner of Takahashi/Buss
Blake Parker vs. video staffer Nate Halm

– Carrie Muskat

3/6 Cubs lineup – UPDATED

The Cubs travel to Surprise on Wednesday to face the Rangers. Hisanori Takahashi is scheduled to start for the Cubs. Here’s the B squad lineup for 10 a.m. AZ time:

Szczur LF
Watkins 2B
Baez SS
Clevenger C
Lake CF
Lopez 1B
Christian Villanueva 3B
Chavez RF
Gonzalez DH

Here’s the Cubs lineup for the regular game:

DeJesus CF
Barney 2B
Hairston RF
McDonald LF
Sappelt DH
Navarro C
Baez SS
Lake 3B
Clevenger 1B

Takahashi P

– Carrie Muskat

3/2 Giants 9, Cubs 7

Carlos Villanueva gave up one run on four hits over three innings, and that was a solo home run by Pablo Sandoval, in the Cubs’ 9-7 loss to the Giants on Saturday. Brett Jackson doubled and scored on Matt Szczur’s sacrifice fly in the eighth. Steve Clevenger, starting at first base, hit two RBI singles. Logan Watkins added a RBI double and Jackson had a sacrifice fly in the ninth. Brian Bogusevic also had two hits.

“I’m satisfied, even with the home run allowed,” Villanueva said. “It’s the best I’ve felt and I had better rhythm that [third] inning. Sometimes you have to tip your cap [to Sandoval]. I’d rather tip now in spring than in the regular season. It’s a better day but still have work to do.”

Sandoval hit a pitch that was ankle high.

“It was exactly where I wanted to throw it,” Villanueva said, shaking his head.

* On Sunday, the Cubs will play split-squad games, sending half the team to Tempe to face the Angels, and the other half will play the Brewers at HoHoKam. Yovanni Gallardo had been scheduled to face the Cubs in Mesa but was scratched because of a groin strain. Edwin Jackson will start for the Cubs. This will be Anthony Rizzo’s last game with the Cubs before joining Team Italy for the World Baseball Classic. According to their respective Twitter accounts, Albert Almora and Daniel Vogelbach will be on the travel squad for one of the Cubs’ teams on Sunday. Almora, the Cubs’ No. 1 Draft pick last year, said he’s going to be playing in Tempe.

Here are the early Sunday lineups:

Vs. Brewers in Mesa
Valbuena 3B
Barney 2B
Rizzo 1B
Soriano DH
Schierholtz RF
Castillo C
Hairston CF
Jackson LF
Baez SS

Vs. Angels in Tempe
DeJesus CF
Sappelt RF
Bogusevic DH
Nelson 1B
Villanueva 3B
Chavez LF
Maysonet 2B
Gonzalez SS

– Carrie Muskat

3/2 Bunt tourney update

The Cubs bunt tournament will resume on Sunday with Anthony Rizzo facing Logan Watkins. Rizzo then leaves the Cubs to join Team Italy for the World Baseball Classic. There will be three matches on Monday. A portion of the prize money will go to the family of Tom Pratt, a Cubs Minor League coach who passed away last year.

Here are the sweet 16:

David DeJesus vs. Starlin Castro
Anthony Rizzo vs. Logan Watkins
Brent Lillibridge vs Michael Brenly
Edwin Maysonet vs Andy Lane (bullpen catcher)

Edwin Jackson vs. Casey Coleman
Hisanori Takahashi vs. Tim Buss (strength coach)
Jeff Samardzija vs Blake Parker
Travis Wood vs Nate Halm (video guy)

– Carrie Muskat

3/2 Watkins survives pie, guacamole

Logan Watkins may never eat guacamole again but at least he’s tried it. Just don’t ask the Cubs infielder to eat plain oatmeal or blueberry pie again. Watkins and Dale Sveum first discussed food in January at the rookie development camp in Chicago. A 21st round pick in the 2008 First-Year Player Draft, Watkins felt fortunate to sit next to the Cubs manager at a dinner. Then his fortune changed.

“He noticed I wasn’t exactly grabbing everything to eat on the table,” Watkins said of Sveum.

Watkins doesn’t have dietary restrictions, just a limited palate.

“Sure enough, we struck up a great conversation where I told him everything,” Watkins said.

What Watkins, 23, revealed was all the things he’d never eaten, including chocolate milk, apple pie and guacamole. Sveum was amazed, and for the past week, he’s done daily taste tests with Watkins. Before every team meeting at HoHoKam Park, Sveum would walk into the room, carrying a covered plate. He’d make eye contact with Watkins. The manager would go over the workout plan for the day, and then the infielder would be asked to come up to a table in the middle of the room to eat whatever surprise Sveum had.

Last Saturday, it was chocolate milk. On Sunday, it was an orange, which Watkins had to peel. Monday was plain yogurt with berries. Tuesday was blueberry pie, and that wasn’t good. Watkins got one day off because they ran out of time. On Thursday, he had plain oatmeal, which he called “terrible.”

Friday was the last day, and that’s when Sveum presented the guacamole. Watkins had been dreading that.

“Just on strictly appearance, I wasn’t a fan of guacamole,” Watkins said. “I’m still not a fan. It had no taste. That’s probably the last time I’ll try it.”

It wasn’t the mushy texture or the green color that was the problem.

“It had no taste,” Watkins said.

But it wasn’t the worst.

“Oatmeal took the cake,” Watkins said. “Blueberry pie was a close second. Everything else was not bad, I guess.”

Would he eat any of the foods again?

“Chocolate milk or yogurt would be the only two I’d consider,” he said. “The berries were OK.”

Watkins is a steak and potatoes kind of guy.

“My favorite food is bread, like a roll from ‘Texas Roadhouse,’” he said.

He’s even adventurous enough to put butter on them.

“I just kind of stay in my own lane and eat the same thing over and over again,” Watkins said. “[My family] didn’t bring me up to eat like that but that’s the way I grew up.”

It’s not that he had a bad reaction to anything he ate or endured a bout of food poisoning.

“It’s more that I’d never tried it because I never felt like it kind of thing,” he said.

Watkins was the Cubs’ 2012 Minor League Player of the Year, and this is his first big league spring camp. It’s one he and his stomach won’t forget. What does he eat in the Minors?

“I eat a lot of peanut butter sandwiches because that’s there every day, and I’ll eat it every day,” he said. “Or chicken. I like chicken.”

The teasing was good natured, and Watkins handled it well, even if his tummy didn’t.

“I’m glad everybody got as much enjoyment out of it as they did because I didn’t,” he said. “It’s OK. It’s over now.”

Watkins can focus on prepping for the season and on the team bunt tournament. The young infielder has been impressive in that.

“I’m pretty excited,” Watkins said after the last taste test. “It’s over, and now I can concentrate on hitting.”

– Carrie Muskat

2/27 Bunt tourney update

Logan Watkins continued to impress and strength coach Tim Buss advanced in the Cubs bunting tournament on Wednesday. Watkins ousted Scott Hairston, who tried to beat the young infielder by aiming for the 100-point spot on the field in the final round. It didn’t work. Buss beat pitcher Scott Baker to advance, and will face Chris Rusin in the next round. Watkins now faces Anthony Rizzo, who beat Ian Stewart.

Thursday’s matches include:

Nick Struck vs. Edwin Jackson
Shawn Camp vs. Casey Coleman
David DeJesus vs. Darwin Barney
Starlin Castro vs. Rafael Lopez

– Carrie Muskat

11/20 Cubs add 4; LaHair DFA

The Cubs selected the contracts of four players, including Logan Watkins, the Minor League Player of the Year, and added them to the 40-man roster but also designated All-Star Bryan LaHair for assignment. Besides Watkins, right-handed pitcher Trey McNutt, infielder Christian Villanueva and right-handed pitcher Robert Whitenack were added to the Cubs’ roster, which is now at 40.

Tuesday was the deadline for Major League teams to protect eligible prospects from next month’s Rule 5 Draft. Among the players left unprotected were right-hander Nick Struck, who was the organization’s 2012 Minor League Pitcher of the Year.

The Cubs are pursuing an opportunity for LaHair, 30, with a Japanese team. He batted .259 with 16 home runs and 40 RBIs in 130 games but lost the first base job to rookie Anthony Rizzo. LaHair batted .390 in April with five home runs and 14 RBIs, but then struggled. Rizzo was promoted from Triple-A Iowa on June 26, and won National League Rookie of the Month honors in July by batting .330 with seven home runs and 17 RBIs. LaHair did consider playing in Japan after the 2011 season if he couldn’t get regular at-bats.

The Cubs also announced right-handed pitcher Carlos Gutierrez, 26, who was claimed off waivers from the Twins Oct. 24, has cleared waivers and been assigned outright to Triple-A Iowa.

– Carrie Muskat

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