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Bunt contest closing in on Sweet 16

MESA, Ariz. -- Randy Wells, Jeff Samardzija, Joe Mather and Starlin Castro all advanced to the third round of the Chicago Cubs bunt tournament Thursday.

Just four more matches remain to complete the tournament’s Sweet 16 field. One of those matches is between manager Dale Sveum and one of the tournament favorites, Ryan Dempster.

The other three matches remaining in the second round: Carlos Marmol vs. Paul Maholm, Geovany Soto vs. Jeff Baker and Marlon Byrd vs. David DeJesus.

Up until now, the tournament had been conducted on a practice field at Fitch Park. It now switches to a practice field adjacent to HoHoKam Stadium