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Cubs designate closer Carlos Marmol for assignment

2013-06-25T21:30:00Z 2013-06-26T00:02:06Z Cubs designate closer Carlos Marmol for assignmentThe Associated Press The Associated Press
June 25, 2013 9:30 pm  • 

The Cubs designated former All-Star Carlos Marmol for assignment on Tuesday, parting ways with the struggling reliever.

Chicago has 10 days to trade or release him or send him outright to the minors if he clears waivers. The 30-year-old Marmol was 2-4 with two saves and a 5.86 ERA in 31 appearances this season, striking out 32 while walking 21 batters.

An All-Star as a setup man in 2008, Marmol became the team's closer in late 2009 and compiled 117 saves, third on the Cubs all-time list. He was 23-32 with a 3.50 ERA in 483 appearances in parts of eight seasons with Chicago and is just the fifth player in franchise history with 20 or more saves in three straight seasons, along with Ryan Dempster, Randy Myers, Lee Smith and Bruce Sutter.

His best year as closer was 2010, when he finished with 38 saves in 43 chances. He posted a 2.55 ERA with 138 strikeouts and 52 walks that season and followed that up with 34 saves in 2011. But he blew 10 chances that year and posted a 4.01 ERA.

Fans' patience with him started to wear out, and he was booed at Wrigley Field in recent years. It was clear management was ready to part ways, too.

Besides designating Marmol, the Cubs released third baseman Ian Stewart, who had been at Triple-A Iowa. He was suspended two weeks earlier for ripping the organization on Twitter.

The Cubs also selected the contract of outfielder Brian Bogusevic from Iowa on Tuesday. He was batting .319 (83-for-260) with 10 home runs and 32 RBIs in 78 games with Iowa.

Brewers 9, Cubs 3: Rickie Weeks homered twice and drove in four runs Tuesday night as the Milwaukee Brewers beat the visiting Cubs.

Jonathan Lucroy added a two-run double and Juan Francisco also homered for Milwaukee, which has defeated Chicago 19 of the last 21 times at home, including nine in a row.

Kyle Lohse (3-6) gave up eight hits and three earned runs in seven innings.

Chicago's Edwin Jackson (3-10) allowed six earned runs and six hits in 4 2-3 innings to fall to 0-3 against Milwaukee this season.

Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro, mired in a 13-for-98 (.133) slump, had his streak of appearing in 269 consecutive games come to an end. It was the longest active streak in the National League.

White Sox 5, Mets 4: Alexei Ramirez singled in the winning run in the bottom of the ninth after Chicago committed a costly error in the top half of the inning, and Chris Sale struck out 13 batters in eight innings to lead the White Sox over the New York Mets.

The Mets scored the tying run with two outs in the ninth on a defensive miscue.

Pinch hitter Daniel Murphy hit a popup in front of the mound and third baseman Conor Gillaspie called for the ball before second baseman Gordon Beckham tried to make the catch as they nearly collided. The ball fell for an error by Beckham and David Wright scored the tying run from second after he had singled and stole second.

West Side graduate LaTroy Hawkins (2-1) took the loss, while Addison Reed (3-0) got the victory after blowing his third save.

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