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• Third baseman Luis Valbuena, who went 1-for-22 on the Cubs' seven-game homestand, did not start Friday and was not expected to start Saturday for a breather, Renteria said.

Valbuena, who is batting .233, snapped an 0-for-19 streak with a single Tuesday. He also was battling a cold, Renteria said.

• WGN Radio's regular broadcast team of Pat Hughes and Ron Coomer missed the Cubs' series in New York, and they were replaced by Dave Eanet and former big league pitcher Dave Otto. Hughes and Coomer requested the weekend off for personal reasons.

• Reliever Wesley Wright wasn't the only Cubs pitcher to provide some financial support to the Jackie Robinson West Little League team of Chicago. At least five Major League players donated money so the players' families could travel to attend the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa. Jackson also chipped in to help the Little Leaguers.

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.