09/14/11 12:04 AM ET
LaHair's hot bat keeps Colvin on bench
By Carrie Muskat / MLB.com
"It's a day-to-day thing as far as picking a spot," Cubs manager Mike Quade said about getting Colvin in the lineup. "I wish I had at least one extra at-bat, but it's tough for me to not take a serious look at LaHair right now."
Since he rejoined the Cubs in late July, Colvin is batting .198 (20-for-101). As much as Quade wants Colvin to get playing time, he also believes players have to earn a spot.
"I wish I could do justice in my mind to give him more than that," Quade said. "He got an opportunity right away, and I think he's been better. Different things take place, and sometimes you just can't say, 'Here, it's yours,' because I don't think you do justice to the other guys who have earned an opportunity to play some. I think he understands that.
"[Colvin] will be in the lineup the next couple weeks, but Bryan has made it a lot tougher decision for me, and good for him."
Coleman's father last Tigers pitcher to win 23
CINCINNATI -- Cubs pitcher Casey Coleman knows his dad, Joe, was keeping an eye on Detroit's Justin Verlander on Tuesday night.
Verlander picked up his 23rd win in the Tigers' 5-0 victory over the White Sox. The last Detroit pitcher to win that many was Casey's dad, who went 23-15 in 1973.
"His best years were in Detroit, and it's cool to get mentioned like that, especially with a guy like Verlander, who's the best pitcher in baseball right now," Casey Coleman said Tuesday.
The Cubs' 24-year-old pitcher, who is a third-generation Major League pitcher, never saw his father in a game. Casey was born in 1987, and his dad pitched from 1965-79.
"He's always been a coach," Casey said. "I've just seen pictures and heard stories."
Father and son are not the same type of pitcher either.
"He always told me he threw in the mid to upper 90s [mph], and he used to throw a hard forkball," Casey said.
Joe Coleman was effective and was ranked in the top 100 pitchers in strikeouts. Today, he's tied for 105th with Milt Pappas with 1,728 career strikeouts. Chicago's Ryan Dempster, who started Tuesday against the Reds, is 90th with 1,751 K's.
Casey said he heard stories about his father throwing 11 innings in one game of a doubleheader. Actually, his dad went 11 innings in a game five times (he won three), and 10 innings in two other starts (and won both).
"Back then, it was a little different," Casey said.
Double-A Tennessee will face Mobile in the best-of-five Southern League Championship series, which opens Wednesday at Hank Aaron Stadium in Mobile, Ala. Games 1 and 2 will be played Wednesday and Thursday in Mobile, and the series then moves to Tennessee on Saturday.
Andrew Cashner looked sharp in his relief outing Monday, but the Cubs will continue to give him two days off between appearances to avoid overtaxing his right shoulder. Cashner was on the disabled list since April 6 with a strained right rotator cuff and did not return to game action until Sept. 9.
With his win on Monday, Cubs pitcher Rodrigo Lopez now has 80 in his career, which ranks fourth all-time among Mexican pitchers. Fernando Valenzuela is the all-time leader among his countrymen with 173 wins, and Ismael Valdez is second with 104. Teddy Higuera, who starred for the Brewers, won 94 games.
Class A Daytona can celebrate. The team won its fifth Florida State League title since joining the Cubs organization in 1993.
"We had a lot of fun out there," Daytona second baseman Logan Watkins said. "Any time you can go out every night and play baseball with your best friends and win with your best friends, it's special. We'll come up through the system and play together so much that being able to share this as one is extremely rewarding."
Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings, and you can follow her on Twitter@CarrieMuskat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.