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Published: Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013 5:33 a.m. CDT

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Cougars (RHP Starling Peralta, 2-0, 0.00 ERA) at Burlington (RHP Pat Lowery, 4-7, 4.69 ERA), 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, AM-1280

Turnstile report

Monday’s crowd of 5,174 pushed the Cougars’ season total to 331,493 fans in 56 home games. Kane County attracted 293,960 fans through the same span last season.

Sight seen

Center fielder Albert Almora brought out the lineup card and coached first base. Cougars manager Mark Johnson said he’ll continue to do so as long as the team keeps winning.

Almora, who was due to come off the 7-day disabled list Monday as he recovers from a bruised bone in his groin, will be re-evaluated this week.

Considering it’s a “deep kind of injury in a funky area,” Johnson said, the Cubs organization will “just be pretty conservative” with Almora.

Cubs brass will be excited because

Its Advanced-A Daytona affiliate got appreciably better Monday.

Hours after promoting second overall draft pick Kris Bryant, a third baseman, from Short-A Boise to Daytona, the Cubs sent Cougars All-Star first baseman Dan Vogelbach to Daytona, too.

Vogelbach, the organizational minor league player of the month for July, entered Monday with a .282 average, 17 home runs and 71 RBIs.

Daytona is leading its division race in the Florida State League. Vogelbach was born in Orlando.

“It’s good anytime you get to go up, and it’s even better when you get to go up to a team that’s competing for a playoff spot with a chance to win a ring,” Vogelbach said. “I’m going to do whatever I can to help them out.”

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