Brett Jackson, Josh Vitters recalled

Updated: August 6, 2012, 10:36 AM ET
By Bruce Levine | ESPNChicago.com

The Chicago Cubs are ready to see what the kids can do.

The club called up top prospects Brett Jackson and Josh Vitters before Sunday's game in Los Angeles.

Jackson started in center field and hit second in Sunday's game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, moving shortstop Starlin Castro to the No. 5 hole. Jackson got his first big league hit in the fifth inning, a single to right, and added a single to left in the seventh. Vitters came in as a pinch hitter in the seventh and flew out to left field.

A home run by Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo tied the game at 6 in the ninth inning, but Hanley Ramirez knocked in the game-winning run with a single off Shawn Camp to complete a Dodgers sweep.

"It was exhilarating," Jackson said of his debut. "Obviously disappointing to come away with the loss. We kept fighting back and things didn't go our way there at the end. Obviously excited to be a part of it and get a couple of hits and a walk and score a run. Big hit by Anthony there in the ninth. Thought we were going to get a little magic in my first game, but we'll save that for a later date."

In order to add Jackson and Vitters, a third baseman, to the roster, the Cubs traded Jeff Baker to the Detroit Tigers for two players to be named later. They also sent Tony Campana to Triple-A Iowa.

Jackson and Vitters were both No. 1 draft picks for the Cubs, Jackson in 2009 and Vitters in '07.

Jackson hit .256 with 15 homers and 47 RBIs this season at Triple-A Iowa. Vitters hit .304, with 17 homers and 68 RBIs.

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Bruce Levine has covered sports in Chicago for over 28 years and hosts "Talkin' Baseball," heard Saturday mornings on ESPN 1000.

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