Cubs recall lefty Beliveau, option Dolis

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Cubs recall lefty Beliveau, option Dolis

The Cubs announced today they have recalled 25-year-old Jeff Beliveau from Triple-A Iowa, and he will be available for today's game in St. Louis against the Cardinals. Rafael Dolis was optioned to Iowa in a corresponding move.
Beliveau was the 2011 Cubs Minor League Pitcher of the Year, going 6-2 with five saves and a 1.57 ERA in 53 appearances for Single-A Daytona and Double-A Tennessee. He struck out 89 batters in 74.1 innings.
He has seen his struggles with Iowa this season, going 4-5 with a 4.05 ERA in 34 relief appearances. However, those numbers include a July 2 performance when he gave up four runs in 0.1 innings pitched.
He was selected by the Cubs in the 18th round of the 2008 Draft, and has a career record of 21-14 and has struck out 11.6 batters per nine innings.
The 24-year-old Dolis is 2-4 with a 6.44 ERA in 26 appearances with the Cubs in two different stints this season.

The ‘friendly rivalry’ between Theo Epstein and Andrew Friedman with Cubs, Dodgers becoming NL superpowers

The ‘friendly rivalry’ between Theo Epstein and Andrew Friedman with Cubs, Dodgers becoming NL superpowers

LOS ANGELES – A man stepped to the microphone during a Q&A session at Cubs Convention and called Theo Epstein and Andrew Friedman “the two boy geniuses.” The fan told Epstein how his friends used to call the Dodgers baseball boss “your Mini-Me,” asking about their personal rivalry and if beating L.A. in the playoffs had any extra meaning.

“We have a friendly rivalry,” Epstein told a packed hotel ballroom in downtown Chicago in January. “First off, didn’t he interview for an internship with us and we turned him down way back in the day?

“And then like nine months later, he was GM of the Rays. When he was with Tampa and I was with Boston, we never spoke, because we were in the same division. It was kind of a heated rivalry. We literally never called each other on trades or anything like that.”

But where it’s so difficult for the small-market Rays to keep up with the ultra-rich Red Sox – and replace Friedman’s vision and Joe Maddon’s star power and survive a string of wasted first-round draft picks and find a long-term stadium solution – the Cubs and Dodgers are positioned to be superpowers for years to come.

That’s what makes this Memorial Day weekend showdown at Dodger Stadium so compelling beyond the National League Championship Series rematch. It’s not just upcoming free agent Jake Arrieta returning to the site of his onesie no-hitter on Friday night, a reigning MVP (Kris Bryant) and Rookie of the Year (Corey Seager), two of the best closers on the planet (Wade Davis and Kenley Jansen) and a classic Jon Lester vs. Clayton Kershaw matchup on Sunday afternoon.

The Cubs eliminated the Dodgers less than a month after Epstein finalized a five-year contract worth in the neighborhood of $50 million, likely surpassing Friedman as the game’s highest-paid personnel executive.

“Jed developed a pretty good relationship with him, because I didn’t like talking to him,” Epstein said, referencing GM Jed Hoyer, another Boston transplant on the Cubs Convention panel that day. “But then when I came out here with the Cubs, a different league and everything, I developed a much better relationship with Andrew and we became friends, so now it’s much more of a friendly rivalry.

“I will say that losing to the Dodgers would have been a bitter pill to swallow on a number of fronts, including that one. But they’re developing a powerhouse out there.

“We see them as a team we have to go through each year to get where we want to be.”

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Backed by Guggenheim Partners’ financial muscle and flush with new TV money, the Dodgers have won four straight division titles and 90-plus games each season while ramping up a farm system that’s now ranked fourth, fifth or sixth by Baseball America, ESPN and MLB.com.

“Everyone’s got their own style and their own approach,” Epstein said. “Ours was more kind of bottom-up (where) they needed to keep it rolling at a high level in the big leagues while retooling their system and nurturing the talent that was already there.

“We had to go out and transact and bring some stuff in. We were at different points of the success cycle. They’ve done a really nice job of winning while kind of establishing something new at the same time.”

The blue-blooded franchise that produced 17 Rookie of the Year winners last month rolled out Cody Bellinger, a 21-year-old, left-handed first baseman with nine homers in his first 28 games in The Show. Julio Urias – who might be the next Fernando Valenzuela – is supposed to be conserving some innings at Triple-A Oklahoma City for another October where the Cubs could be standing in the way of the Dodgers’ first World Series title since 1988.

“They’ve been producing great young talent for a long period of time,” Epstein said. “If you go back and look at some of the young studs they have in the big leagues that (former scouting director) Logan White and (the previous regime) brought in, some of the guys are still coming.

“They’re stocked and the Dodger tradition runs really deep. With Andrew and his front office, we know they’re going to be dynamic. They’re going to have more resources than anyone. And they’re a big threat to the whole league for a long period of time.”

Topps releases special Anchorman-themed Cubs card

Topps releases special Anchorman-themed Cubs card

Cubs fans weren't the only ones who enjoyed the team's "Anchorman" romp out to the West Coast Thursday afternoon.

Trading card company Topps released a special edition card for the Cubs' "Stay Classy" trip, featuring Anthony Rizzo and Kyle Schwarber — complete with their awesome wig and hat:

The back of the card reads "After defeating the San Francisco Giants by a score of 5-1 at home, the Cubs left Wrigley Field in style. The team kept it classy with their road trip attire as they set out on a west coast road trip, beginning with a series against the Los Angeles Dodgers."

The cards are being sold on Topps' website for $9.99.