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Cubs bury White Sox with rally in seventh

Cubs bury White Sox with rally in seventh

CUBS 6, WHITE SOX 5
at Las Vegas
Friday, March 12

Cubs at the plate: Josh Vitters, the team's top pick in the 2007 First-Year Player Draft, tripled home two runs off reliever Jhonny Nunez to give the Cubs a one-run lead in the top of the seventh. Mike Fontenot had three hits and two RBIs, and catcher Geovany Soto added two hits.

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White Sox at the plate: After the White Sox were held hitless for the first five innings, Omar Vizquel broke up the combined no-hitter with a single to center to lead off the sixth. The White Sox had rallied for three runs by the time the inning was complete. Mark Teahen, who had been 1-for-15 this spring, singled home a run during the rally.

Cubs on the mound: In his quest to earn one of the final rotation spots, Tom Gorzelanny had a slightly uneven effort in chilly Las Vegas. The southpaw did not allow a hit in three innings, but by virtue of three walks issued and a wild pitch, he gave up one run. He fanned four and threw 52 pitches.

White Sox on the mound: Right-hander Carlos Torres showed moments of excellence during his 69-pitch start, striking out four, including Xavier Nady twice. But he walked three in three innings while giving up seven hits, which won't exactly push him over the top in his quest for the seventh and final relief spot. Greg Aquino threw three hitless innings, striking out three.

Worth noting: Being the popular figure that he is in Las Vegas as a former Minor League player, White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen helped with the weather forecast on a local television affiliate during Big League Weekend last year. He passed up the return chance on Friday night, with Don Cooper successfully taking over the responsibilities. Can a network job be too far behind for the pitching coach?

Cactus League records: White Sox 3-4-2, Cubs 5-3

Up next: It's Game 2 of Big League Weekend in Las Vegas for the Cubs and White Sox, with the first pitch set for 3:05 p.m. CT. Lucas Harrell gets the start for the White Sox, with Ryan Dempster taking the mound for the Cubs. The right-handed-throwing Harrell has pitched one game previously in relief and probably would be a long shot to break camp with the White Sox as their seventh and final reliever. Dempster, the Cubs' No. 2 starter, will be making his second Cactus League start.

In split-squad action, the White Sox play host to Milwaukee back in Glendale. Gavin Floyd takes the mound against Dave Bush. The Cubs play host to the Reds in Mesa, with Sean Marshall making his first start.

Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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