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Quade Replaces Riggleman On NL Staff

Cubs manager Mike Quade will replace former Nationals manager Jim Riggleman on Bruce Bochy's National League coaching staff for the All-Star Game on July 12.

Riggleman resigned from the Nationals on Thursday, opening up a spot for Quade, who joins Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson and San Francisco's coaches -- Tim Flannery, Mark Gardner, Roberto Kelly, Hensley Meulens, Dave Righetti and Ron Wotus -- on Bochy's All-Star staff.

Via ESPN.com


Cubs Won't Move Castro From Shortstop

Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro struggled in the field again on Sunday, but the team has no plans to change his position.

Castro already leads Major League Baseball with 16 errors.

The young shortstop experienced the wrath of manager Mike Quade, who gave him an earful after Castro deflected a grounder in the first inning on Sunday with a diving play but then watched center fielder Reed Johnson chase down the ball as both base-runners moved up a bag.

"It won't happen again. It better not happen again," Quade said. "He gets frustrated. He wants to make the play, doesn't make the play and just has a letdown. I'm sorry he didn't make the play. It would have been a great play. But stay involved. That bothered me."

The Cubs believe Castro has improved this season.

"He just needs to cut back on some of the errors on the routine plays, which certainly don't come from lack of ability to play the position," Cubs general manager Jim Hendry said. "He makes 30, 35 plays a year that we probably haven't had made before.

"When people say he has to move off of short, they're just looking at the error column and thinking that he's not capable of doing it. Over time, he'll learn to cut back 10, 12, 15 errors a year just by experience."

Via Chicago Sun-Times


Cubs In No Hurry To Trim Salary

The Cubs have begun to play better baseball, leaving the team in no hurry to trim salary from their payroll.

Chicago's front office plans to give the team at least a few more weeks before deciding this season can't be salvaged.

"It's not as complicated as people would think," general manager Jim Hendry said. "You want to get healthy. You want Marlon [Byrd] to come back [from the disabled list], and [Darwin] Barney, and let Mike manage a club that looks a little more like the one we broke camp with, and see how we play for a while."

Despite losing seven of their last eight series, the Cubs have played better over the last 10 days.

"Close doesn't count," Hendry said. "But the effort's there. We played the game better. And we've played better defense."

Via Chicago Sun-Times


Soriano: Comments On Fans Were 'Misinterpreted'

Alfonso Soriano says comments he made about booing were misinterpreted as his saying Chicago fans are the worst.

"I think I was misunderstood," the Cubs outfielder said.

"The fans here are good. At the same time, when you're doing bad, they boo. But if you're doing good, they clap for you. It's nothing like I said they are bad fans. Here, everywhere -- Cincinnati, St. Louis -- any ballpark you go to and you're doing good, what are they going to do? They're going to boo you. if you're doing good, they're happy. So it's not like they're the worst fans in the world."

Soriano said he was asked about the booing of Adam Dunn, and said he felt sorry for Dunn "because he's a great player."

"I think he understands, I understand and every player understands that it's because you're not doing good," Soriano said. "It's because the fans are not happy with him. The fans let us know if they're not happy. If he hits a homer, they clap."

Via Chicago Tribune


Cubs Hold Meetings To Discuss Team's Direction

With the trade deadline a little more than a month away, the Cubs will hold organizational meetings at the beginning of next week, according to a source.

Chicago general manager Jim Hendry and assistant general manager Randy Bush will preside over the two days of meetings, which will include the team's top scouts.

Hendry's objective will be to give the scouts direction as the team looks to acquire new players or move some off the present 25-man roster.

The Cubs entered Thursday's action 10 games back of the Brewers in the National League Central.

Via Bruce Levine/ESPN.com


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