Junior Lake and Luis Valbuena hit back-to-back home runs on two separate at-bats as Lake went hit three long balls in the Chicago Cubs 10-6 win over the Oakland Athletics on Sunday.
The Cubs optioned reliever Neil Ramirez to Triple-A Iowa and granted left-hander Tsuyoshi Wada to trim the roster to 35.
Around the league, Max Scherzer turned down a $144 million six-year offer from the Detroit Tigers while 2013 World Series MVP David Ortiz and the Boston Red Sox agreed to a one-year, $16 million extension.
Chicago Tribune: Cubs’ backups battle in final week
ESPN Chicago: Cubs notes: Castro, Fujikawa progressing
CSN Chicago: Carlos Villanueva ready for whatever Cubs throw at him
Cubs.com: Cubs option reliever Ramirez, release Wada
Fox Sports: Scherzer turns down $144 million, six-year offer from Tigers
CBS Sports: Red Sox, David Ortiz agree to one-year, $16 million extension
NBC Sports: Report: Ian Desmond turned down contract extension worth about $90 million over the winter