Extra bases

Extra bases

• Patients at a local children's hospital will soon have Anthony Rizzo, Starlin Castro, Brett Jackson or Luis Valbuena read them a bedtime story.

The players were filmed reading children's books, and the videos will be available for patients at the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital.

Rizzo read, "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie" by Laura Numeroff, and Castro read "Las Rimas de Mama Oca," which are Mother Goose rhymes in Spanish.

On Monday, Jeff Beliveau and Adrian Cardenas visited patients at Advocate Lutheran General Children's Hospital. Cardenas also took part in the reading program, picking "Donde Viven Los Monstruos," also known as Maurice Sendak's "Where the Wild Things Are."

• Class A Peoria second baseman Zeke DeVoss was named Midwest League Player of the Week for Aug. 6-12. He is the second Chiefs position player to win the honor this season and the third Peoria player honored by the Midwest League in 2012. DeVoss batted .448, and scored 10 runs with five extra-base hits, five stolen bases and four RBIs. He led all of Minor League Baseball in runs scored and led all of Class A ball in hits and stolen bases.

• Double-A Tennessee first baseman Justin Bour reached 100 RBIs on Sunday and is the first player in the Southern League to drive in 100 in a single season since 1999. He was batting .341 in August, with four home runs and 15 RBIs.

• The Cubs have signed free-agent right-hander Seth McClung and assigned him to Triple-A Iowa. McClung, 31, began the season with Triple-A Nashville (Brewers) and went 2-13 with a 6.36 ERA in 21 games (20 starts) before being released on July 30.