Mesa Solar Sox manager Casey Kopitzke, who managed the Cubs’ Class A Peoria team, posted an 8-3 win on Tuesday over the Phoenix Desert Dogs and manager Don Mattingly in the Arizona Fall League opener. The Solar Sox, who have seven Cubs prospects on the roster, will face the Desert Dogs again Wednesday night at HoHoKam Park in Mesa (6:35 p.m. Arizona time).
The Cubs pitchers slated to go include Jake Muyco, a converted catcher; plus David Cales, Chris Carpenter and Kyle Smit, who was acquired from the Dodgers in the Ted Lilly-Ryan Theriot-Blake DeWitt deal. Also, third baseman Josh Vitters, the Cubs’ No. 1 pick in 2007, may play. He missed most of the 2010 season because of a broken hand.
— Carrie Muskat