Arismendy Alcantara gets hitting stroke back against Orioles

BY TONI GINNETTI For Sun-Times Media

August 24, 2014 9:10PM

Updated: September 26, 2014 1:48PM

Arismendy Alcantara entered the weekend against the Baltimore Orioles hitting .135 (7-for-52) in his previous 14 games, cooling off his hot start since coming from Class AAA Iowa on July 9.

But he finished the series going 4-for-8 with a home run, three runs scored, two RBI and two steals.

“In the beginning, nobody knows you and you hit it where they throw to you,” he said of his hot start. “You have to make adjustments.”

Alcantara homered in the fifth ­inning off Orioles starter Miguel Gonzalez (6-7), his fourth of the ­season and first at Wrigley Field since July 22. He’s hitting .438 (7-for-16) in his last four games but .228 overall.

“We were happy with the way he’s finished off this series,” manager Rick Renteria said. “He’s not as tentative and is aggressive early in the count.”

Roster adjustments

Starlin Castro will return to the team Tuesday for the start of a three-game series in Cincinnati. He had been away since Friday on the bereavement list after the deaths of a family member and several friends in an auto accident in the Dominican Republic. Infielder Logan Watkins will be optioned back to Iowa.

◆ Pitcher Brian Schlitter was activated from the disabled list then optioned to Iowa.

‘Next year’ coming in two weeks

The Cubs will ask season-ticket holders to ante up for next season by mid-October, months before what had been the team’s policy.

Season-ticket holders will receive invoices the first week of September. Previously, bills went out after the season in October. The team will ask purchasers to commit a down payment by Oct. 13 but will continue to allow full payment by January 2015.

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