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New Cubs lineup has DeJesus in three spot

6/4/2012

In yet another shakup in the Chicago Cubs’ lineup, David DeJesus will return from a day of rest to find himself in the No. 3 spot.

Without any offensive consistency against teams not named the San Diego Padres, manager Dale Sveum has been searching for a batting order that can produce.

His latest experiments have come in that No. 3 hole. Starlin Castro had it for most of the season before Joe Mather got the job on May 25. Now comes a chance for DeJesus, who does have 126 career at-bats in that spot.

In fact, the No. 3 hole is where DeJesus has received the second most at-bats in his career behind his 695 at-bats as a leadoff man. The veteran has batted .292 as a No. 3 hitter with four home runs and 61 RBIs.

The latest look appeared to be Sveum’s best answer to keeping Castro in his new spot as a No. 2 hitter while also giving Tony Campana another start, while still keeping him at the top of the order as the leadoff man.

Mather remained in the lineup, but was dropped to the No. 8 spot as he got the start at third base over Ian Stewart.

The complete Cubs lineup Saturday against San Francisco Giants right-hander Matt Cain:

Campana, CF

Castro, SS

DeJesus, RF

Alfonso Soriano, LF

Bryan LaHair, 1B

Steve Clevenger, C

Darwin Barney, 2B

Mather, 3B

Matt Garza, P