Cubs won't get in a track meet vs. Twins

June, 8, 2012
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Padilla By Doug Padilla
ESPNChicago.com
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Tony CampanaGeorge Bridges/MCT/Getty ImagesTony Campana's slump is keeping him off the basepaths and on the bench.

MINNEAPOLIS –In a big ballpark that practically begs you to use speed, the Cubs went into their first ever game at spacious Target Field with Tony Campana on the bench.

After going 5-for-26 (.192) on the road trip and without a hit (0-for-5) in the previous two games, Campana had to watch at the outset as manager Dale Sveum went with the power potential of Joe Mather in center field and Reed Johnson in left.

“Obviously he’s had a few tough couple of days,” Sveum said. “I’m just going to get as much power and slugging percentage that we can in the lineup because we’re not getting on base.”

Before Campana was returned to the starting lineup last week at the start of the road trip, he was productive off the bench. It’s a role he will get again.

“It’s nice to have that weapon on the bench that you can use at any time,” Sveum said.

Although Sveum didn’t talk about his lineup for the rest of the weekend, it’s more than likely Campana won’t be starting in either of the next two games. The Twins have a left-hander starting both Saturday (Scott Diamond) and Sunday (Francisco Liriano).

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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WINS LEADER
Jason Hammel
WINS ERA SO IP
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OTHER LEADERS
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HRA. Rizzo 25
RBIA. Rizzo 55
RA. Rizzo 68
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