The Sports Xchange

09/21/2014 MLB Note - Chicago Cubs Castillo, Welington

C Welington Castillo was not in the starting lineup because of bruised left ribs, but manager Rick Renteria said Castillo could have been available to play off the bench. That was not necessary, as backup John Baker stepped in to go 1-for-4 and guide the bullpen to 6 2/3 quality innings from behind the plate.

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MLB Note - Chicago Cubs Alcantara, Arismendy

CF Arismendy Alcantara has proved that he has plenty of pop in his bat during his rookie season. Alcantara hit his 10th home run in his 63rd game, joining teammate Mike Olt as the second Cubs rookie to hit double-digit home runs this season. The last time the Cubs had two rookies hit 10-plus home runs was in 2009, when Jake Fox and Micah Hoffpauir did so.

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MLB Note - Chicago Cubs Coghlan, Chris

LF Chris Coghlan went 4-for-4 and hit a leadoff home run for the seventh time in his career. Coghlan became the second Cubs player to hit a leadoff home run this season, joining Junior Lake on April 12.

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MLB Note - Chicago Cubs Rizzo, Anthony

1B Anthony Rizzo started back-to-back games for the first time since returning Monday from a back injury that sidelined him for three weeks. He showed no signs of trouble, going 2-for-4 with a run-scoring single that helped the Cubs climb out of a five-run deficit.

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MLB Note - Los Angeles Dodgers Uribe, Juan

3B Juan Uribe was not in the starting lineup because of a nagging groin injury after a "misstep" during Friday's game, manager Don Mattingly said. Uribe is expected to return to the lineup Sunday. Mattingly said Uribe has been dealing with the issue for six to eight weeks but it is not considered to be serious.

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MLB Note - Los Angeles Dodgers Ryu, Hyun-Jin

RHP Hyun-Jin Ryu threw off a flat surface before Saturday's game as the first step in his return from a sore left shoulder. Ryu's return date remains uncertain. "If it goes well, then he'll just continue to ramp up a little bit," Mattingly said. "See if there's any pain. Kind of push the intensity."

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