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Bryant not shy about hitting into wind

Cubs star has 10 home runs at Wrigley Field this year
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CHICAGO -- The Cubs' Kris Bryant has hit six of his 10 home runs at Wrigley Field to left field, and he's been able to do so a few times when the wind is blowing in from the north.

"That's definitely good as a hitter," Bryant said Tuesday. "When you wake up and see the flags blowing in, it might not be a really good hitters' day. Any time you can hit one into the wind and hit it out, it eases those thoughts."

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CHICAGO -- The Cubs' Kris Bryant has hit six of his 10 home runs at Wrigley Field to left field, and he's been able to do so a few times when the wind is blowing in from the north.

"That's definitely good as a hitter," Bryant said Tuesday. "When you wake up and see the flags blowing in, it might not be a really good hitters' day. Any time you can hit one into the wind and hit it out, it eases those thoughts."

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Bryant did that Monday night against the Marlins, and began play Tuesday tied with the Marlins' Justin Bour and Marcell Ozuna and the Rockies' Mark Reynolds for the most home runs at home in the National League.

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As a team, the Cubs have hit 17 home runs in the 17 games when the wind is blowing in at Wrigley Field, and 23 home runs in the 11 games when it's been blowing out.

Albert Almora Jr. crashed into the outfield wall at Wrigley during batting practice on Tuesday and bruised his right forearm but stayed in the Cubs' starting lineup.

Video: MIA@CHC: Almora shaken up during batting practice

After he hit the wall in center, Almora lay on the ground for a few moments, and athletic trainer PJ Mainville came over to check on him. Almora and Mainville walked off the field together.

• The Cubs activated right-hander Wade Davis from the paternity list and optioned right-hander Dylan Floro to Triple-A Iowa. Davis, who welcomed his second child, son Ty, on Monday, was available Tuesday.

Mike Montgomery's save Monday night was his second this season while recording at least 10 outs. He had a four-inning save on May 25, and is the first pitcher with multiple 10-out saves in a season since the Red Sox's Alfredo Aceves in 2011.

Video: MIA@CHC: Montgomery lifts Cubs with 10-out save

"What he's doing for us now is so invaluable out of the bullpen," Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. "The wonderful part about it is that he accepts all this, and he understands all this. He's not a bellyacher, he doesn't complain about this. He knows what he's doing is very vital to our success.

"He's going to get that chance to start. He's got four quality pitches, he gets righties and lefties out, he's got plenty of velocity. The last step for him for me is command of his fastball. Once he gets that, he'll take off."

The Cubs have considered having Montgomery make a spot start when they go with a six-man rotation.

• The Hot Stove Cool Music concert and event in Chicago raised $450,000 to support Chicago youth and their families through Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein's Foundation To Be Named Later and Cubs Charities. The events included the sixth annual Chicago concert and the annual Urban Classic Baseball game featuring elite youth teams from Chicago and Boston.

• Speaking of music, apparently Jon Jay is a better disc jockey in the Cubs' clubhouse than Anthony Rizzo. That's Bryant's opinion.

"'Riz' is the worst DJ," Bryant said. "It's just the volume of the music is too loud sometimes. Jon seems to have a good handle. In San Diego, [Jay played] reggae stuff. I liked it."

Carrie Muskat has covered the Cubs since 1987, and for MLB.com since 2001. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings. You can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat and listen to her podcast.

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