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• The Cubs had a scout watching Cuban pitcher Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez on Friday in Tijuana, Mexico.

About 45 scouts watched the 26-year-old right-hander, who was pitching for the Tijuana Toros. Gonzalez fled Cuba earlier this year, went to El Salvador and then worked out for a month in Mexico before getting to Tijuana.

He made a splash on the international scene at the 2010 University Baseball Championships in Tokyo and also shined at the Baseball World Cup in '09 and '11.

Cuban players who are at least 23 and have played at least three seasons in a Cuban professional league (like Gonzalez and the Dodgers' Yasiel Puig) are not subject to the new international signing guidelines established by the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

• Chris Rusin gave up one run on five hits over seven innings in Triple-A Iowa's 5-1 win over Omaha Friday night. Logan Watkins was 4-for-5 with one RBI, and Dave Sappelt was 3-for-5 with two RBIs.

• On Aug. 14, the Anthony Rizzo Family Foundation will host its first Cook-Off for Cancer, which will feature upscale versions of ballpark food prepared by notable Chicago chefs and served by Cubs players. Guests will vote for their favorite chefs and dishes by tipping their Cubs server. All tips and event proceeds will benefit pediatric cancer research, care and support. The event will take place from 6-10 p.m. CT at Cafe Brauer in Chicago. Go to or for more information.

Carrie Muskat is a reporter for She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings, and you can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat.
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