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C Welington Castillo failed to come up with the third-strike pitch on three of RHP Edwin Jackson's six strikeouts Sunday, when he had to throw all three batters out at first base to complete the outs.

2B Darwin Barney capped off a remarkable stretch in Sunday's second inning when he accounted for Chicago's fourth double in five at-bats. The Cubs scored three runs in that inning, then Barney started things off with another double during a four-run fourth. He went 2-for-4 Sunday after going hitless in his last two games.

LF Anthony Rizzo came out of a long slump with his second-inning double Sunday. That was only Rizzo's fifth hit of the current road trip. Rizzo went 2-for-3 Sunday and is now hitting .292 (7-for-24) during the current trip.

RHP Zach Putnam, a reliever who came up in late May, has been transferred from the 15-day DL to the 60-day DL with an elbow strain.

C-IF Steve Clevenger completed his minor league rehab and was optioned to Triple-A (Des Moines) Iowa. Clevenger had been on the 60-day disabled list since mid-April with a left-oblique injury.

RHP Edwin Jackson ended a two-game losing streak with Sunday's seven-inning, seven-hit, three-run performance. It marked Jackson's third win in the month of June but his first since beating the Mets on June 14. After going 1-7 with a 6.11 ERA in April and May, Jackson went 3-4 with a 5.19 ERA in June.

OF Alfonso Soriano had quite a trip to Seattle, having gone .500 (7-for-14) over his three games against the Mariners. On Sunday, Soriano went 2-for-5 with a pair of doubles and an RBI to raise his season average to .257.

OF Ryan Sweeney will be out at least 4-6 weeks with a fractured left rib, an injury he suffered June 29 while crashing into the wall in Seattle. A CT scan revealed the fracture after initial X-rays appeared inconclusive.

RHP Scott Feldman hopes to start out July on a solid note after riding a roller coaster for most of June. He went 2-2 with a 4.75 ERA for the month and hasn't had back-to-back solid outings since putting together consecutive, identical starts of six hits and two runs over six innings on May 29 and June 4.

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