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New manager, same lineup for Cubs

5/23/2012

HOUSTON – As it turns out, the new guy follows the same line of thinking as the other new guy.

Jamie Quirk, who is the Cubs acting manager for the night as Dale Sveum attends the high-school graduation of his son, used the same lineup against a left-handed starter as the regular manager did the previous night.

Despite the season-long struggles of the right-handed dominated lineup, Quirk went with it again. It’s nearly identical to the lineup that scored just one run Tuesday night as the Cubs dropped their eighth consecutive game.

“We talked about the lineups going in to the series and then we sat on it last night for a couple of hours and talked,” Quirk said. “But it was all set. Of course something could change but last night we decided that the two lefties, you get your right-handed batters some at-bats.”

The only lineup change is that Koyie Hill is behind the plate instead of Blake Lalli, otherwise things are similar to Tuesday, aside from the pitcher.

It means that Tony Campana, Bryan LaHair and Ian Stewart all begin the game on the bench for the second consecutive day. Starlin Castro, who struck out four times Tuesday is back in the No. 3 spot.

“It was a good chance to get (Jeff) Baker, (Joe) Mather and Reed (Johnson) some well deserved at-bats,” Quirk said.

The Cubs’ lineup Wednesday against Astros left-hander Wandy Rodrigiez:

David DeJesus, RF

Johnson, CF

Castro, SS

Alfonso Soriano, LF

Mather, 3B

Baker, 1B

Darwin Barney, 2B

Hill, C

Jeff Samardzija, P