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39 players on RESERVE LIST (one slot is open), plus one player on 60-DAY DL
25 players on ACTIVE LIST, plus four players on 15-DAY DL and 10 players on OPTIONAL ASSIGNMENT to minors
* bats or throws left
# bats both
* Zac Rosscup
* Tsuyoshi Wada
* Travis Wood
* Wesley Wright
* John Baker
* Anthony Rizzo
* Luis Valbuena
* Logan Watkins
# Arismendy Alcantara
* Chris Coghlan
15-DAY DL: 4
* Felix Doubront, P
Edwin Jackson, P
Justin Ruggiano, OF
* Ryan Sweeney, OF
60-DAY DL: 1
James McDonald, P
Dallas Beeler, P
Junior Lake, OF
Mile Olt, INF
Blake Parker, P
* Chris Rusin, P
Brian Schlitter, P
Dan Straily, P
Christian Villanueva, INF
Josh Vitters, OF
Arodys Vizcaino, P
Updated through 8/28/14 - 29 games left for Cubs.
For failing to sign top overall pick Brady Aiken, the Houston Astros will get the 2nd pick in next year's draft on top of their regular pick.
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Man.Junior Lake swings hard.
It's kind of like the old saw (no reference to the movie intended) where they try to make a pitcher out of a hard thrower. Can that be done with a hard swing? Can you teach a guy to be a "hitter"?
Junior Lake's counterpart playing cricket?
and then there's this...
Justin Bour can't match Baez's 18 HR in 51 games at Tennessee, but he does have 18 HR in 80 games. Last year Bour hit 17 in 138, also at Tennessee.
Boise lost to Salem-Kaizer last night, while Hillsboro lost to . . . somebody. Second-half standings show S-K in first place by a game over Boise and Hillsboro.
Boise actually has two paths to the playoffs: win 2 of 3 vs. Hillsboro starting tonight; or watch S-K finish ahead of Hillsboro, which would trigger this Boise-favoring playoff procedure:
"If one team wins both the first and second half of the season, then the team with the next best winning percentage for the entire season will get into the playoffs."
Advance Scouting Report
Starlin Castro, SS, Cubs (2013 edition)
Analysis: Don't throw it in the zone, stupid.
Anthony Rizzo with two ugly errors in about 2 minutes time.
TIL - JD loves to randomly throw baseball cards out of the booth for the hell of it while calling the game and pre-game.
it seems he enjoys seeing how far he can make them fly rather than trying to throw cards at specific people.
1st castro HR in a month...d.barney actually has a good day at the plate...k.gregg doesn't blow a 1-run save...and the cubs win.
Javier Baez 1st inning 2 run HR, he's 2-3 with 2 runs scored and 2 rbi. Smokies ahead of the Lookouts 4-1 in the 5th. HR #19 for Tenn.
Struck pitching, only hit is a solo HR by Joc Pederson in the 1st.
m.olt's recent good hitting has gotten him promoted to #4 in the lineup tonight...where he went 0-4 with 4 Ks. sigh.
also, bryant is sitting tonight in daytona.
Javier Baez, you are ridiculous!
Orioles recalled C Steve Clevenger from Triple-A Norfolk.
The 27-year-old backstop was acquired from the Cubs in early July as part of the Scott Feldman trade. He has been stinging the ball in 20 games at the Triple-A level with the O’s, hitting .324/.402/.437 with two homers and 11 RBI. He’ll provide catching depth for the O’s, and could also see the occasional start at first base.
I wonder if we can trade Olt for Clevenger?
Boise Hawks were no hit last night by Kyle Schepel, losing 5-0. They only had one walk and another got on by an error.
(Schepel...Pitched a seven-inning no-hitter for Class A South Bend in the first game of a doubleheader on April 14, 2013 at Lansing. ... Signed by the Arizona Diamondbacks as a Minor League free agent on Sept. 23, 2012)
There should be some 40 man roster moves today. If Sweeney comes up (60 day DL), will McDonald or Gillespie be gone? If they want a look at Olt, Cody Ransom is gone. To get another look at Schlitter or a look at Grimm or Rosscup might mean a mysterious injury to Rondon. Stuff like that.
Rondon's eligible to be to sent down now, isn't he?
CHARLIE: Hector Rondon has to spend the entire 2013 MLB regular season on the Cubs MLB Active List (25-man roster) and/or MLB DL(s) with at least 90 days spent on the Active List before Rule 5 restrictions are removed. (If a player does not spent 90 days on an MLB Active List during the season after being selected in the Rule 5 Draft, he remains a Rule 5 player going into the next season, but only until he has accrued the required 90 days on an MLB Active List). However, because Rondon has been outrighted previously in his career (when he was with Cleveland), he can elect free-agency if he is outrighted. BTW, Rondon will qualify for a 4th minor league option in 2014 (presuming he is still on the 40-man roster).
So a mysterious injury it would have to be. Gotcha. Guessing he just survives the September rearrangements.
Bruce Miles answers the first wave of roster moves.
Cubs activate Sweeney and Valbuena today and recall pitcher Alberto Cabrera. To make room for Sweeney on 40-man, they DFA Eduardo Sanchez
Sweeney is in the lineup today, Valbuena is not.
Red Sox just DFA's Daniel Bard. Something tells me Theo's antennae are twitching
Theo will be on WSCR's Hit and Run end of season show at 11am cst
bard hasn't been the same since he lost 3-4mph off his fastball last year...and lost control of what he's throwing.
one of those odd cases where taking 3-4mph off his fastball (not by choice) caused him to be even more wild than when he was throwing hard.
Stats Sunday %K vs K/9 to be discussed (see link in the TCR Twitterbox)
here's the link to what they reference...
Take the wife to a chick flick tonite and I miss the second coming
Dale Sveum: "Shit. Shit shit shit. SHIT."
The pitcher's immediate reaction to Soler's 2nd HR is somehow indescribably funny to me ... He didn't know how to react and just kinda puffed out his chest and walked toward home plate. Priceless.
Little guy has some pop! First ML HR batting right-handed.
this team is going to be frightening next year
alcantara joins in on the fun with a HR.
Rizzo must be like - um - get me back on the field.
Cubs fans we might be having a fun decade or so of baseball starting to peek around the corner.
Apparently baseball isn't as difficult as some people make it out to be.
Definitely an encouraging AB for Baez - seemed to have dialed it down just a little bit there ... and still ropes a double.
That reminded me of that old cartoon where the ball is screaming as it flies out of the yard. Good god.
looked like a Mcgwire bomb there
that one was destroyed. both homers tonight were no-doubt HR's in any park.
3-3...with a walk, too.
I'm more impressed that he managed to work the count from 0-2 to 2-2 before lining into the gap
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