Bradley Benched

Manager Lou Piniella didn't draw names out of a hat Thursday when writing out his lineup card, but he made one significant change.

Piniella benched right fielder Milton Bradley for the game in Detroit, and he also said Bradley would not start Friday when the Cubs play the White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field.

Look for Bradley to return to the lineup Saturday and Sunday.

Bradley will return when the White Sox throw left-handed pitchers Mark Buehrle and John Danks at the Cubs. The switch-hitting Bradley has fared far better against left-handed pitching (.327) than he has against righties (.205).

Bradley signed a three-year, $30 million free agent contract in the offseason. He was coming off a season in which he hit .312 against lefties and .341 against righties.

TIGERS 6, CUBS 5: LHP Ted Lilly lost for the first time since May 24, giving up 10 hits and six runs in six innings. Included were homers by Ramon Santiago and Magglio Ordonez. DH Jake Fox hit his first major league homer for the Cubs.


—C Geovany Soto tested positive for marijuana during the World Baseball Classic, when he played for Puerto Rico. He received a two-year ban from international play, but it does not affect his status with Major League Baseball. Soto issued a statement apologizing. "I am embarrassed by my lapse in judgment," the statement read.

—DH Jake Fox hit his first major league home run Thursday. Fox is in his second stint with the Cubs this season. He fell a triple shy of the cycle, with a double and single in addition to the homer. Fox is batting .353 with nine RBIs, and he figures to see DH time over the weekend when the Cubs play the White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field.

—RHP Carlos Marmol saw his control woes continue Wednesday. He walked two in the eighth inning, including one to force in a run with the bases loaded. For the season, Marmol has walked 35 and hit six batters in 34 innings.


—OF Reed Johnson was placed on the 15-day disabled list with lower-back spasms, retroactive to June 21.

—INF/OF Ryan Freel was activated off the disabled list. Freel was 10-for-24 during a rehab assignment with Class AAA Iowa, hitting safely in all seven games. Freel had been on the DL since May 28 with a strained left hamstring.

—1B Derrek Lee's hitting streak ended at 21 games as he went 0-for-4 Thursday. Lee was chasing the Cubs' modern-day record streak of 30 games, set by OF Jerome Walton in 1989.

—LHP Ted Lilly had run off a string of five consecutive quality starts until losing at Detroit. Lilly fell to 7-5 with a 3.41 ERA. He was around the plate, as he usually is, with 78 of his 107 pitches going for strikes. However, the Tigers hit many of those strikes hard, suggesting that Lilly was missing his spots within the strike zone.



At Des Moines, the Cubs (39-34) got a walk-off double from SS Matt Camp (2-for-5) in the victory Thursday. CF Sam Fuld (4-for-5, double) paced the offense with a season-high four hits atop the order, RF So Taguchi (3-for-4, double) added three hits to go with three RBI, and C Chris Robinson (2-for-5, triple) and 1B Steve Clevenger (2-for-5, double) had two hits as Iowa collected 14 hits total. LHP James Russell (2-0) picked up the win in relief with one scoreless inning. RHP Mitch Atkins started and turned in his fourth consecutive quality start in a no-decision. He carried a no-hitter into the eighth inning before being charged with three runs and three hits in 7 1/3 innings. He struck out four batters and walked one.


At Montgomery, Ala., the Smokies (34-40 overall, 2-2 second-half) squandered a 4-0 first-inning lead en route to the loss Thursday. 3B Marquez Smith (2-for-4, triple, RBI) led the team with two hits to extend his hit streak to five games. RHP Hung-Wen Chen (3-6) started and suffered the loss, allowing five runs and five hits in 5 1/3 innings. He struck out six and walked two.


At Fort Myers, Fla., the Cubs (34-34, 3-3) collected nine hits in the loss Thursday. CF Tony Campana (4-for-4, RBI) paced the offense with four hits atop the order. DH Brandon Guyer (2-for-3, double, RBI) and LF Marwin Gonzalez (2-for-4) added two hits. Guyer has hit safely in nine of his first 12 games since joining the team from Tennessee and has five multi-hit games in his last six contests. RHP Ryan Searle (5-6) started and suffered the loss, allowing six runs and seven hits in 4 2/3 innings.


At Grand Chute, Wis., the Chiefs (38-32, 0-1) collected eight hits in the loss Thursday to open the second half of Midwest League play. LF Josh Harrison (2-for-4, double, RBI) paced the offense with two hits atop the order. RHP Justin Bristow (3-3) started and pitched five innings, yielding four runs and five hits. He struck out three and walked two.


At Keizer, Ore., the Hawks (1-5) scored two ninth-inning runs to rally for their first victory of the season Thursday. 1B Greg Rohan (1-for-4) hit a game-tying solo home run to start the inning, and RF Jae-Hoon Ha (2-for-3, walk) hit the eventual game-winning RBI double. Boise used five pitchers in the victory with RHP Mike Perconte (1-1) picking up the win in relief with 1 1/3 scoreless innings. He retired all four batters he faced. RHP Jonathan Nagel started and pitched three scoreless innings, allowing no hits or walks and striking out two batters.

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