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And then there were four in rotation · Roster Report · Notes, Quotes

--RHP Ryan Dempster tossed his first quality start of the season, working seven innings and giving up one run. It was Dempster's seventh start of the year. He had been having trouble with his command. He walked the first two batters of Tuesday's game on eight pitches, but he did not allow another walk.

--1B Carlos Pena hit his first home run of the season, a solo shot to right in the seventh inning that tied the game at 1-1. It was Pena's 73rd at-bat of the season, and he had been mired in a 3-for-37 slump.

--2B Darwin Barney was named the National League rookie of the month for April. Barney, 25, was 29-for-89 (.326) during April with one home run and 14 RBI. He also posted a .351 on-base percentage and a .449 slugging percentage. In the process, he won the everyday job at second base after making the Opening Day roster as a backup. "He earned every bit of that award, too," said manager Mike Quade. "We all get wrapped up in the offensive thing here. He's just a really good baseball player, and if he continues to have success like that, he'll be a really, really good baseball player."

--LF Alfonso Soriano was 0-for-4, but he entered Tuesday with 11 home runs -- half of the Cubs' team total heading into the game before 1B Carlos Pena hit his homer. According to Elias Sports Bureau, Soriano became the third Cub in the last 41 years to have at least 11 homers in the team's first 28 games. Billy Williams had 12 in 1970, and Sammy Sosa had 13 in 2002.

--SS Starlin Castro might be in a bit of a slump, but he also will be on the cover of the next issue of Sports Illustrated. He was told that honor doesn't often happen to second-year players. "So it's a big deal," he said. Castro, back in the No. 3 spot, was 0-for-4. He's 4-for-24 on the road trip, which ends Wednesday.

--RHP Kerry Wood picked up the win with a scoreless eighth inning. It was Wood's first victory as a Cub since Sept. 18, 2008 against Milwaukee. Wood signed with Cleveland after the 2008 season and spent time with the Indians and Yankees.

13-6 -- Cubs' record when their starting pitcher works into at least the sixth inning after Ryan Dempster pitched seven innings against the Dodgers on Tuesday. They are 13-16 overall.

"What's changed the most is that my wife is pregnant and we're having another one in September." -- Rookie of the month Darwin Barney on what's changed for him this year

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2016 Team Leaders
AVGAnthony Rizzo , 1B.292
HRKris Bryant , 3B39
RBIAnthony Rizzo , 1B109
OBPDexter Fowler , CF.393
SLGKris Bryant , 3B.554
RKris Bryant , 3B121
SBDexter Fowler , CF13
WJon Lester , SP19
ERAKyle Hendricks , SP2.13
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