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Bunting competition update

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After a rain out yesterday, the first round of the bunting competition resumed on Thursday prior to the intrasquad game.

The day’s only controversy came in the Matt Garza vs. Zach Putnam section of the bracket. The matchup was delayed because Garza is still sidelined with a mild strain of his left lat. It has not yet been determined if Garza will have to forfeit or if the competition will simply be delayed.

In other Thursday first-round matchups:

Scott Hairston defeated Christian Villanueva

Logan Watkins defeated Nate Schierholtz

Chris Rusin defeated Scott Feldman

Scott Baker defeated Dayan Diaz

Hisanori Takahashi defeated Brooks Raley

Ian Stewart defeated Javier Baez

Anthony Rizzo defeated Johermyn Chavez

Day two of the bunting competition

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(Photo by Stephen Green)

The first round of the bunting competition continued Tuesday, and the crowd was a little bigger than normal because new reliever Kyuji Fujikawa was on the docket. Fujikawa has about a dozen members of the Japanese media following his every move in the early days of camp.

Unfortunately, his stay in the tourney was short-lived. He struggled to keep the ball in the scoring zones and was eliminated by pitcher Blake Parker.

Manager Dale Sveum, who has been doing the majority of the pitching during the competition, added a little excitement to the proceedings when he buzzed a few batters up and in. As the tourney progressed, his delivery and location became more erratic, which prompted a few catcalls from the players. He was eventually relieved on the mound by Franklin Font.

“I’ve got a pretty good blister, and I just wasn’t even feeling the ball too much,” Sveum said. “I threw a little bit too much to the front office the other day, and my finger is a little bit raw.”

In other Tuesday first-round matchups:

Jeff Samardzija defeated Rafael Dolis

Michael Brenly defeated Dioner Navarro

Jaye Chapman defeated Carlos Villanueva

Brent Lillibridge defeated Brad Nelson

Darnell McDonald defeated Josh Vitters

Brett Jackson defeated Welington Castillo

Alberto Cabrera defeated Cory Wade by default (Wade was a no-show)

Bunting competition is underway in Mesa

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For the second year in a row, Cubs manager Dale Sveum is staging a Spring Training bunting competition that includes coaches, players and—in a new twist this year—a member of the front office.

On Saturday, the front office and clubhouse staff competed in a play-in bracket. The winner of that bracket moved into the larger tournament. In a hotly contested first-round, front office matchup, Cubs baseball president Theo Epstein knocked out GM Jed Hoyer. But Epstein fell in the next round to director of baseball operations Scott Harris. Advanced scouting assistant Nate Halm, who played catcher at Miami of Ohio before graduating in 2008, won the front office competition over strength and conditioning coordinator Tim Buss.

Halm continued his hot streak in the first round of the official tournament on Monday, taking out Rule 5 pickup Hector Rondon. But that wasn’t the only upset of the day. Bullpen catcher Andy Lane also took down outfielder Dave Sappelt, and last year’s dark horse favorite Steve Clevenger lost handily to infielder Luis Valbuena. Other winners were James Russell, Brian Bogusevic, Edwin Maysonet, Travis Wood and Drew Carpenter.

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