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Cubs recall Gaub, LeMahieu, Montanez

September, 6, 2011
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By ESPNChicago.com
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CHICAGO -- The Chicago Cubs recalled left-handed pitcher John Gaub, infielder DJ LeMahieu and outfielder Lou Montanez from Triple-A Iowa on Tuesday.

The 26-year-old Gaub, who was acquired in the Mark DeRosa trade with the Cleveland Indians in 2008, 26, went 4-4 with seven saves and a 3.42 in 50 relief appearances for Iowa this season. He struck out 75 batters in 55 1/3 innings pitched and limited opponents to a .209 batting average.

LeMahieu, 23, was recalled for the second time this season. He hit .243 in 23 games with the Cubs earlier this season. He started the season at Double-A Tennessee where he batted .358 with two home runs and 27 RBIs in 50 games. He finished the season at Triple-A Iowa, batting .286 with three home runs and 23 RBIs in 58 games.

Montanez, 29, joins the Cubs for the second time this season. He batted .239 in 25 games for the Cubs from May 24-July 2. He batted .321 with seven home runs and 69 RBIs in 92 games at Triple-A Iowa.

All three players are available to play against the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday night.

Rapid Reaction: Cardinals 6, Cubs 1

June, 3, 2011
6/03/11
9:55
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Levine By Bruce Levine
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CHICAGO -- A quick look at the Chicago Cubs’ 6-1 series-opening loss to the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday night at Busch Stadium.

The good: Left fielder Luis Montanez had the Cubs’ first hit and RBI of the game in the fifth inning. Cardinals starter Jaime Garcia had retired 13 straight before walking Carlos Pena that inning. Pena then scored on Montanez’s double. Rookie D.J. LeMahieu recorded his first major league hit on an infield single in the eighth inning.

The bad: Cardinals sluggers took advantage of right-hander Ryan Dempster as both Lance Berkman and Albert Pujols went deep. Pujols has five home runs in his last 10 at-bats against Dempster, going back to 2010.

Beyond the box score: Cubs right-hander Matt Garza threw a solid bullpen session on Friday and will most likely come off the disabled list and pitch on Monday in Cincinnati.

Up next: Randy Wells (1-1) takes on the Cardinals’ Kyle Lohse (7-2) on Saturday afternoon.

Cubs clubhouse could use revolving door

May, 29, 2011
5/29/11
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Sharma By Sadahev Sharma
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There’s seemingly a new face every day in the Chicago Cubs clubhouse. Luis Montanez, Rodrigo Lopez, Tony Campana, and Sunday’s latest addition, Brad Snyder, have all joined the team in the past 10 days.

Usually, one bad loss -- like Saturday’s 10-0 drubbing at the hands of the Pittsburgh Pirates -- wouldn’t cause Cubs manager Mike Quade to address the team as a whole. But with all the new faces at Wrigley Field, he chose to get the guys together.

“This was dealing with technical stuff, baseball stuff and just saying, ‘Let’s just hang in there and play. let’s play better and let’s play with effort,’ ” Quade said. “This was more to make sure we’re on the same page in all the other aspects of the game than just playing.”

Snyder’s addition to the club was necessary after Reed Johnson's back problems forced him to go on the disabled list. Quade said that under normal conditions, they could have kept Johnson day-to-day. However, Johnson’s injury, combined with Jeff Baker's balky groin, shortened their bench and forced the team to make a move.

Snyder had a brief stint with the Cubs last season, appearing in 12 games in September and October. While he only hit .185 during that time, he said the experience helped him in other ways.

“Getting the jitters out and seeing what it’s all about,” Snyder said. “[I] tried to take in as much as I could and I tried to enjoy as much as I could because you never know when you’re gonna get back to this level.”

Snyder was limited in spring training and early in the minor league season due to a broken rib. But he’s bounced back nicely from the injury, hitting .342 with seven home runs and 10 doubles in Triple-A.

Catcher Geovany Soto was activated from the disabled list today as well, as he’s recovered from a groin injury.

However, Quade went with Koyie Hill as the starter behind the plate, saying he’d like Soto to get acclimated and back in the swing of things. Soto went hitless in seven at bats in his two rehab games with the Tennessee Smokies, the Cubs’ Double-A affiliate.

Winning best medicine for banged-up Cubs

May, 24, 2011
5/24/11
11:46
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Levine By Bruce Levine
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CHICAGO -- The only way the Chicago Cubs could deal with their rash of injuries and loss of personnel was to try and go out and win a ballgame.

And that’s exactly what Ryan Dempster and company did on Tuesday night, taking advantage of three Mets errors in an 11-1 win at Wrigley Field.

The Cubs scored five times in the second inning, aided by an error on Mets catcher Ronny Paulino. Paulino failed to catch a throw to home plate by first baseman Daniel Murphy on Koyie Hill's fielder’s choice, allowing Alfonso Soriano to score.

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AP Photo/Charles Rex ArbogastCubs starter Ryan Dempster went seven innings on Tuesday, allowing just one run on seven hits.
“It was just nice for us,” Dempster said. “We scored a bunch of runs and we took advantage of a big error there. I think we scored four runs after that. It was a good victory for us.”

Dempster’s seven innings matched his longest outing of the season and earned him his third win. He’s gone seven innings four times this year.

The victory was important for the Northsiders, especially after the team announced earlier on Tuesday that starter Matt Garza had gone on the disabled list with a sore right elbow. Randy Wells (strained right forearm ) and Andrew Cashner (strained rotator cuff )have been on the disabled list since April 8. Cashner suffered a recent setback but Wells is scheduled to return this weekend.

“You know, injuries happen,” Dempster said. “It’s a chance for other people to get opportunities and hopefully we continue to get guys back. We get Wells back on Saturday and hopefully Garza not too long after that.”

On offense, once again the daily double of Darwin Barney and Starlin Castro got the job done. Batting in the No. 2 and No. 3 holes, each player drove in two runs and they’re now tied with Soriano for the team lead with 23.

“This is a big homestand for us,” Barney said. “We have nine [games] here and we are starting to swing it. We are going to get good starts. Unfortunately, we do have some injuries, but we are very confident in everybody we have.”

Luis Montanez, who the Cubs drafted No. 3 overall in the 2000 draft, played a solid game in his Cubs debut. Montanez was 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI.

“It’s a lot of work,” said Montanez, who returned to the Cubs as a free agent this season after spending three years in the Baltimore Orioles organization. “It’s been a long road, working on all aspects of the game. I think I’m where I want to be.”

Upcoming Cubs rotation: Finishing off the Mets series are right-hander Casey Coleman on Wednesday and Carlos Zambrano on Thursday. Doug Davis starts the series against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday, followed by Wells on Saturday. It will be Wells’ first start since April 4.

Rapid Reaction: Cubs 11, Mets 1

May, 24, 2011
5/24/11
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Levine By Bruce Levine
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CHICAGO -- A quick look at the Chicago Cubs' 11-1 win over the New York Mets in their series opener on Tuesday at Wrigley Field.

The good: Ryan Dempster went seven strong innings, allowing just one run on seven hits. Darwin Barney and Starlin Castro each drove in two runs and share the team RBI lead with Alfonso Soriano at 23.

The bad: First baseman Carlos Pena took the collar, going 0-for-4 while striking out three times. Cold weather and the Bulls-Heat game contributed to a half-empty ballpark.

Beyond the box score: Former No. 1 draft pick Luis Montanez played in his first game at Wrigley, going 2-for-4 with a walk and an RBI double in his Cubs debut.

Up next: Casey Coleman (2-3) takes the mound for the Cubs vs. the Mets’ Dillon Gee (3-0) on Wednesday night.

Cubs put Garza on DL, call up Montanez

May, 24, 2011
5/24/11
4:04
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Levine By Bruce Levine
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The Chicago Cubs put Matt Garza on the DL and called up outfielder Luis Montanez from Triple-A Iowa on Tuesday.

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Jake Arrieta
WINS ERA SO IP
10 2.53 167 156
OTHER LEADERS
BAS. Castro .292
HRA. Rizzo 32
RBIA. Rizzo 78
RA. Rizzo 89
OPSA. Rizzo .913
ERAT. Wood 5.03
SOJ. Arrieta 167