New Cubs lineup has DeJesus in three spot

June, 2, 2012
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Padilla By Doug Padilla
ESPNChicago.com
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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

Doug Padilla

Chicago White Sox beat reporter
Doug joined ESPN Chicago in July 2010 and covers the Chicago White Sox for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN Radio 1000.

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TEAM LEADERS

BA LEADER
Starlin Castro
BA HR RBI R
.278 11 52 43
OTHER LEADERS
HRA. Rizzo 20
RBIS. Castro 52
RA. Rizzo 61
OPSA. Rizzo .886
WJ. Hammel 8
ERAJ. Samardzija 2.83
SOJ. Hammel 104