Cubs resist temptation to call up Rizzo

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The Cubs said they were serious all along.

They said they were serious about discussing the possibility of bringing up first base phenom Anthony Rizzo for games in American League parks. They've also maintained they're serious about getting Rizzo as much development time as possible.

The latter won out. Rizzo remained at Class AAA (Des Moines) Iowa as the Cubs opened a three-game series Friday night at Minnesota, losing 8-7 to the Twins in 10 innings.

Manager Dale Sveum had said a couple weeks back that games in American League parks might be a good time to give Rizzo a taste. But it's not to be so, not now, and not when the Cubs travel to the South Side of Chicago to play the White Sox June 18-20.

"It's serious talk," Sveum said. "It's just more of 'When is that day going to happen? When is the right time?' You don't sit down and say 'Should we do it tomorrow?' We haven't done anything like that."

Instead, the Cubs went with left fielder Alfonso Soriano as their DH, as they will all weekend. He hit two homers in the game. Although Soriano seems perfect for the DH role, particularly because of a bad left knee, he'd still rather trot out to his position.

"I love to play," he said. "(DH) is a part-time job. I have to put in my mind that I'm playing, but I'm sitting on the bench."

As for Rizzo, he'll just have to wait despite entering Friday with a line of .365/.428/.720 at Iowa with 18 homers and 49 RBI.

NOTES, QUOTES

--DH Alfonso Soriano hit two booming home runs, one to dead center in the first inning and other to the third deck in left field with a man on in the eighth to give the Cubs the lead. A notoriously streaky hitter, he has 11 homers this season, all since May 15. "I'm not happy just because I hit a homer," he said. "That's not enough for me. I felt happier in April when we played good and got some wins. Now I hit a homer and we didn't get a win. I just don't think about me."

--RHP Shawn Camp, one of the Cubs' few dependable relievers, took the loss in the 10th inning. In 1 1/3 innings, he gave up four hits and two runs. "I feel like I've been pretty consistent, but tonight I just didn't make pitches when I needed to," he said.

--3B Ian Stewart batted ninth in the Cubs' lineup in the American League park. He tripled and homered in four at-bats. On most days, Stewart's wrist is heavily bandaged and iced before games to treat a persistent injury. "It's just a matter of him coming in and saying it's too sore to go, as much as anything," manager Dale Sveum said. "That defense is tough to take out of the lineup. He's a guy who hopefully gets hot and can carry you." Stewart has found it tough to get it going -- he's batting .201.

--LHP Travis Wood left the game with a chance to win after pitching five innings, but he wound up with a no-decision as RHP Randy Wells blew a save opportunity. Wood has made five starts. His record held at 0-2, and his ERA went from 4.56 to 4.71.

--CF Tony Campana was the odd man out of Friday's lineup, and he's unlikely to start over the weekend because the Cubs will be facing two left-handed starting pitchers for the Twins. Campana, who bats left-handed, possesses great speed, but manager Dale Sveum believes Joe Mather and Reed Johnson, both right-handed batters, match up better. "Obviously, he's had a few tough couple of days," Sveum said. "I'm just going to get as much power and slugging percentage that we can in the lineup because we're not getting on base."

BY THE NUMBERS: 12 -- Club record of consecutive one-run losses the Cubs have suffered, according to Elias Sports Bureau. The previous mark was 11 in 1915.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "Yeah, and we thought better of it, and obviously we didn't do it. And there are no plans to do it against the White Sox, either." -- Manager Dale Sveum, putting the kibosh on any more talk the Cubs would recall 1B prospect Anthony Rizzo anytime soon

MEDICAL WATCH:

--C Welington Castillo (sprained medial collateral ligament in right knee) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to May 19. He began a rehab assignment with Class AA Tennessee on June 8.

--RHP Lendy Castillo (left groin strain) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to May 12.

--C Geovany Soto (arthroscopic left knee surgery) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to May 17. He underwent a procedure May 18 to repair a torn meniscus. He wasn't ready to begin a rehab assignment as of June 7.

--RHP Blake Parker (right elbow stress reaction) went on the 60-day disabled list June 6.

--RHP Marcos Mateo (ulnar neuritis in right arm) went on the 60-day disabled list April 4.


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