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Chicago Cubs Lineup: Rafael Ortega in Center, Eric Sogard at Second

It’s a late one, tonight, and the Cubs are at the front-end of four straight games against one of the toughest teams in MLB (the Dodgers) at their home ball park. A right-hander, Walker Buehler, is on the mound for the Dodgers, and he’ll be opposed by Zach Davies and the following Chicago Cubs.
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Cubs' Rafael Ortega: Goes deep in loss

Ortega went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run in Wednesday's loss to the Mets. Ortega hit his second home run of the season in the ninth inning with a runner on to cut the deficit to 6-3, but the Cubs ran out of steam in the loss. The 30-year-old outfielder is only batting .167 and isn't playing every day, so despite the good effort, he's off the fantasy radar at the moment.

Cubs' Rafael Ortega: Swipes first bag

Ortega went 1-for-4 with an RBI and a stolen base in Wednesday's 6-1 win over San Diego. In the fourth inning, Ortega was credited with an RBI after reaching on an error that allowed Anthony Rizzo to score. Ortega also collected a stolen base after reaching on a second-inning single. The 30-year-old outfielder has gone just 4-for-24 with a home run, two RBI and two runs scored in eight games this year. He's now 1-for-2 in stolen base attempts.

Cubs' Rafael Ortega: Receiving steady playing time

Ortega will start in right field and bat sixth Wednesday against the Padres. Injuries to Jason Heyward (hamstring) and Jake Marisnick (hamstring) have opened up regular at-bats in right field for Ortega, who has cracked the lineup seven times in eight games. With three hits in 20 at-bats over that stretch, Ortega hasn't yet justified much attention outside of NL-only leagues, and he may need to step up his production in the plate in the near future before the Cubs move on to another option in the corner outfield.

Cubs Roster Moves: Nico Hoerner to the IL, Rafael Ortega Called Up, Shelby Miller DFA’d

The Cubs now have seven days to trade, waive, or release Miller. But considering how he’s reportedly looked (and felt) during his rehab stint at Triple-A Iowa, I wouldn’t expect him to make it through waivers. That could mean, then, that the Cubs are actively trying to pursue a trade right now. So we’ll have to follow that closely as it plays out.

Cubs' Rafael Ortega: Sent to minors

Ortega was reassigned to minor-league camp Saturday, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports. Ortega was in camp on a minor-league deal and never really had a shot to start the season in the majors. He'll likely begin the year with Triple-A Iowa and gives the Cubs some organizational depth this season.

Cubs 9, Athletics 8: Rafael Ortega hits a walkoff grand slam

MESA, Arizona — Rafael Ortega is not a power guy. In 410 career MLB at-bats, he has three home runs. He did hit 21 homers at Triple-A Gwinnett in the Braves system in 2019, but that’s nearly a third of his 68 career minor league home runs in 4,135 at bats.

Watch: Rafael Ortega Hits Walk-Off Grand Slam

It might have been just another Spring Training game, but Tuesday’s Cubs win certainly didn’t lack in the excitement department. With the Cubs trailing by three runs with just two outs to go in the game, Rafael Ortega launched a grand slam into the visiting bullpen at Sloan Park to give the Cubs another Cactus League victory. The homer run is Ortega’s first of the spring.
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Cubs' Rafael Ortega Hits Spring Training Walk-Off Grand Slam Vs. A's

Watch Cubs beat A's with spring training walk-off grand slam originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago. Is there something about the Cubs and hitting walk-off grand slams?. We saw it in 2018, when infielder David Bote famously drilled a walk-off slam in the ninth inning against the Nationals — on Sunday Night Baseball, no less.

Cubs' Rafael Ortega: Receives camp invite from Cubs

Ortega signed a minor-league deal with the Cubs on Friday that includes an invitation to major-league spring training, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports. The 29-year-old joined the Braves on a minor-league deal last offseason, but he wasn't included in the team's 60-player pool and didn't see the field in 2020. Ortega struggled in 34 games for the Braves in 2019, but he had an .897 OPS with 21 homers in 111 appearances at Triple-A that year.