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San Diego at Chicago

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San Diego (7-9)002000001370
Chi. Cubs (6-10) «00000405x9101

Cubs 9, Padres 3

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MESA, Ariz. (AP) - David DeJesus took the jeers in stride, placed the winning bunt just so and posed with the championship belt a few minutes later.

The Chicago Cubs' center fielder defended his title in the team's annual 64-man bunt tournament before Sunday's 9-3 win over the San Diego Padres.

This is the second year that manager Dale Sveum ran the event. It was a way to work on the craft in a fun way, setting point values based on where bunted balls came to rest.

And it's become a big deal in camp, with almost the whole organization in attendance on one of the backfields for the finals.

DeJesus beat Nate Hale, who played collegiately and works in the club's video department for the prize money, a reported $3,400. It was clear that most around the field were rooting for Hale, but DeJesus came through on his last bunt in five rounds of eight attempts.

"It's always easy to (root for the underdog)," DeJesus said. "The guy with the belt, people be hatin.' But it's all right."

The good time was a precursor for what came later when the Cubs' hitters broke loose.

Pitcher Travis Wood and DeJesus singled to start the sixth inning before a two-out, two-run double by Alfonso Soriano and a two-run homer by Dioner Navarro against Tim Stauffer.

The Cubs began the day last in the NL in team average (.247) and on-base average (.307) although regulars Anthony Rizzo (World Baseball Classic) and Starlin Castro (hamstring) have been out of the lineup for some time.

"We're not going to know anything until we get all eight (regulars) out there," Sveum said. "We are going to have to be creative in the lineups. It's not going to be a prolific offense, but it will keep the line moving better than it did last year."

Christian Villanueva added a two-run homer for the Cubs. He has three hits this spring and all of them are home runs.

Padres starter Jason Marquis threw four scoreless innings and allowed two hits. Reliever Andrew Cashner made his first appearance and had a clean seventh inning after coming back from thumb surgery stemming from a hunting accident in December.

"We didn't see any sign of thumb (trouble) which he has shown through all of his workouts," Padres manager Bud Black said. "It hasn't been bothering him at all. It was encouraging."

Mark Kotsay hit a two-run double in the third inning off Cubs starter Scott Feldman.

NOTES: Cubs minor league 3B Junior Lake was a lineup scratch due to a sore right arm. The timetable for his return was expected to be short. ... Cubs starter Matt Garza (back) was being reevaluated to see if he is ready to begin throwing from the ground after being shut down on March 3. The right-hander originally hurt it on Feb. 17. ... Padres INF Logan Forsythe was diagnosed with plantar fasciitis and will be out three to four days.

 
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Players of the Game
Chicago

D. Navarro
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
San Diego

M. Kotsay
AB 3
R 0
H 1
HR 0
RBI 2
 
San Diego Padres
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jaff Decker, CF-RF^LF4100111 .188
Travis Buck, RF2100020 .323
   a- Jonathan Galvez, PH-2B1000002 .333
Mark Kotsay, LF3012010 .600
    Tim Stauffer, P0000000 .000
    Edinson Rincon, 3B1000000 .071
Yonder Alonso, 1B4000011 .138
    Yeison Asencio, RF0000000 .154
Jedd Gyorko, 2B3020001 .273
    Jeudy Valdez, PR-2B^SS1000000 .211
Cody Ransom, SS2000111 .235
    Rico Noel, CF1110000 .667
John Baker, C3010011 .167
    Andrew Cashner, P0000000 .000
    Tommy Layne, P0000000 .000
    Dale Thayer, P0000000 .000
   b- Jace Peterson, PH1000001 .000
Gregorio Petit, 3B2000012 .200
   c- Yasmani Grandal, PH-C1011100 .556
Jason Marquis, P2010011 .500
    Kyle Blanks, LF-1B2000002 .400
Totals3337339  
a-hit into fielder's choice for Buck in the 7th
b-grounded out for Thayer in the 9th
c-walked for Petit in the 7th
Batting
2B - Mark Kotsay (2, Feldman), Rico Noel (1, Bowden), John Baker (1, Feldman)
RBI - Mark Kotsay 2 (3), Yasmani Grandal (4)
CS - Jeudy Valdez (2, 2nd base by Wood/Navarro), Jason Marquis (1, 3rd base by Feldman/Navarro)
Team LOB - 7
San Diego Padres
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jason Marquis 4200020 1.00
Tim Stauffer (BS,1; L,0-1) 2444011 9.00
Andrew Cashner 1000010 0.00
Tommy Layne 0.1000010 10.80
Dale Thayer 0.2455112 9.64
Pitches-Strikes - Jason Marquis 18-18, Tim Stauffer 15-14, Andrew Cashner 5-5, Tommy Layne 3-3, Dale Thayer 15-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jason Marquis 6-4, Tim Stauffer 2-3, Andrew Cashner 2-0
Batters Faced - Jason Marquis 14, Tim Stauffer 10, Andrew Cashner 3, Tommy Layne 1, Dale Thayer 7
Chicago Cubs
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
David DeJesus, CF3110000 .238
    Brett Jackson, CF1000010 .250
Darwin Barney, 2B3000012 .217
    Jorge Soler, RF1111000 .300
Nate Schierholtz, RF3010000 .333
    Dave Sappelt, LF1110000 .200
Alfonso Soriano, LF3112001 .300
    Logan Watkins, 2B0100100 .250
Dioner Navarro, C3122001 .294
    J.C. Boscan, C1111000 .500
Brian Bogusevic, 1B2000001 .417
   a- Steve Clevenger, PH-1B1001000 .263
Christian Villanueva, 3B4112021 .143
Alberto Gonzalez, SS3000010 .111
    Edwin Maysonet, SS1000010 .130
Scott Feldman, P1000000 .500
    Travis Wood, P2110000 .333
    Carlos Marmol, P0000000 .000
    Michael Bowden, P0000000 .000
Totals33910916  
a-flied out for Bogusevic in the 6th
Batting
2B - Alfonso Soriano (2, Stauffer)
HR - Jorge Soler (1, Thayer), Dioner Navarro (2, Stauffer), Christian Villanueva (3, Thayer)
SF - Steve Clevenger (1)
RBI - Jorge Soler (2), Alfonso Soriano 2 (3), Dioner Navarro 2 (8), J.C. Boscan (2), Steve Clevenger (3), Christian Villanueva 2 (6)
2-OUT RBI - Alfonso Soriano 2 (2), Dioner Navarro 2 (6), Christian Villanueva 2 (2)
SB - Dave Sappelt (1, 2nd base off Thayer/Grandal), Brian Bogusevic (1, 2nd base off Marquis/Baker)
Team LOB - 2
Fielding
E - Alberto Gonzalez (1, Misplayed grounder)
Chicago Cubs
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Scott Feldman 3422030 9.00
Travis Wood (W,3-0) 4100360 3.00
Carlos Marmol (H,4) 1000000 3.86
Michael Bowden 1211000 2.84
HBP - Buck (by Scott Feldman)
Pitches-Strikes - Scott Feldman 21-20, Travis Wood 36-24, Carlos Marmol 3-3, Michael Bowden 6-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Scott Feldman 5-1, Travis Wood 2-3, Carlos Marmol 2-1, Michael Bowden 3-0
Batters Faced - Scott Feldman 14, Travis Wood 15, Carlos Marmol 3, Michael Bowden 5
Game Information
Attendance - 8646
Game Time - 2:35
Temperature - 66
Umpires - Home - Cory Blaser, First Base - Mike Winters, Second Base - Jim Wolf, Third Base - Allen Bailey