Bunt contest closing in on Sweet 16

March, 1, 2012
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Padilla By Doug Padilla
ESPNChicago.com
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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

Doug Padilla

Chicago White Sox beat reporter
Doug joined ESPN Chicago in July 2010 and covers the Chicago White Sox for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN Radio 1000.

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TEAM LEADERS

BA LEADER
Starlin Castro
BA HR RBI R
.292 14 65 58
OTHER LEADERS
HRA. Rizzo 32
RBIA. Rizzo 78
RA. Rizzo 89
OPSA. Rizzo .913
WJ. Arrieta 10
ERAT. Wood 5.03
SOJ. Arrieta 167