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Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Bunt tourney: Four advance to Sweet 16

By Doug Padilla

MESA, Ariz. -- The Chicago Cubs’ bunt tournament reached the second round Tuesday with Adrian Cardenas, Blake Lalli, Jeff Beliveau and Trey McNutt all advancing to the Sweet 16.

The 64-person tournament will match a winner from the pitchers’ bracket against a winner from the position players’ bracket in a championship match in the next few weeks.

Also contested Tuesday was the final match of the first round. Paul Maholm defeated Rodrigo Lopez in a match that was delayed because Maholm was out with the flu.

The most anticipated match of the second round is at the bottom of the pitchers’ bracket with Ryan Dempster taking on manager Dale Sveum.