Chicago Cubs: bunt tourney

Final Four set for bunt tournament

March, 11, 2012
3/11/12
4:29
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Padilla By Doug Padilla
ESPNChicago.com
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GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The Chicago Cubs plan on making the Final Four of their inaugural bunt tournament a festive happening, at least for the players anyway.

Manager Dale Sveum, who invented the teaching-aid-turned-competitive affair, said that the semifinals and finals will take place on a back field at HoHoKam Park on Friday and will not only have seating available for players to watch but will be catered by a local restaurant as well.

David DeJesus eliminated Starlin Castro on Sunday in the final quarterfinal match meaning the final four is now set.

DeJesus will take on catcher Welington Castillo in the championship match of the position players’ bracket while Casey Coleman will face Paul Maholm in the final match of the pitchers’ bracket. The finals will follow immediately after the semifinals are complete.

Fans attending Friday’s game against the San Francisco Giants might be able to catch a glimpse of the proceedings. The short field in the back of the spring training complex is visible from the grass berm beyond the right-field wall. The competition will start after the Cubs finish pregame batting practice.

In a change from previous matches in the tournament, scoring in the semifinals and finals will be conducted over five rounds. Previously, scores were tallied by placing bunts into marked squares down each base line over three rounds. Each player gets four bunts in a round.

Bunt tourney: Four advance to Sweet 16

February, 28, 2012
2/28/12
4:39
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Padilla By Doug Padilla
ESPNChicago.com
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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.

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Jason Hammel
WINS ERA SO IP
8 2.98 104 108
OTHER LEADERS
BAA. Rizzo .284
HRA. Rizzo 25
RBIA. Rizzo 55
RA. Rizzo 70
OPSA. Rizzo .924
ERAJ. Samardzija 2.83
SOJ. Hammel 104