"It was a little more meaningful," Bryant said of Saturday's blast, which helped the Cubs beat the Marlins, 7-2. "That other game, what was it, 17-0? We didn't need the runs there. Any hit counts to me, I don't care who you hit it off of."
Said Cubs manager Joe Maddon: "At the end of his career, they all count."
• Jorge Soler, sidelined since June 3 with a sprained left ankle, was activated from the disabled list on Sunday and outfielder Matt Szczur was optioned to Triple-A Iowa.
Soler, who was 2-for-13 in four rehab games with Iowa, was batting .288 in 28 games in May before he was injured. Maddon inserted Soler into the lineup Sunday in right field.
"[His presence] really lengthens out the lineup," Maddon said Sunday. "You get all the guys cooking, it makes a difference."
• Plunked 17 times this season, Anthony Rizzo leads the Major Leagues in getting hit by a pitch. The first baseman got Sunday off to nurse his bruises and take care of the "ball-peening" he's had, Maddon said, referring to a ball-peen hammer.
"It's incredible -- I know he's [standing] on the plate, and I know they want to pitch him inside -- it's part of who he is as a hitter and the fact that he doesn't wear any armor," Maddon said. "I think he's a little beat up, and I thought this was a good day to do it."
• Tsuyoshi Wada, on the disabled list since June 23 with inflammation in his left deltoid, will make a rehab start on Monday for Double-A Tennessee. Wada had to come out of his last start June 22 after two innings because of cramping in his left shoulder.
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