Change is in the air

June, 18, 2012
6/18/12
11:37
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Greenberg By Jon Greenberg
ESPNChicago.com
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CHICAGO -- With the wind swirling at U.S. Cellular Field at 25 mph, with gusts up to 41, Alfonso Soriano stepped out of the visiting dugout before the game and offered his weather report.

“What the [bleep]?” said Soriano, who served as designated hitter. “I’m glad I’m not out there in left today.”

Soriano wound up taking advantage of the wind, hitting one of the Chicago Cubs' season-high five home runs in their 12-3 win over the Chicago White Sox. Soriano didn’t need too much wind. His two-run shot went 440 feet to dead-center.

But it wasn’t just the actual wind blowing on the Cell. The “Wind of Change” was howling too. And no, the Scorpions didn’t play a pre-game concert.

While Soriano served as designated hitter, Bryan LaHair went from first base to right field for the first time this season. He homered in the second inning after making a nice running catch in the first. LaHair hadn’t played the outfield since appearing there in 14 games last season, but he could find himself there often soon.

Rizzo’s coming.

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Jon Greenberg

Columnist, ESPNChicago.com
Jon Greenberg is a columnist for ESPNChicago.com. He has lived and worked in Chicago since 2003, and is a graduate of Ohio University and the University of Chicago.

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TEAM LEADERS

BA LEADER
Starlin Castro
BA HR RBI R
.292 14 65 58
OTHER LEADERS
HRA. Rizzo 32
RBIA. Rizzo 78
RA. Rizzo 89
OPSA. Rizzo .913
WJ. Arrieta 10
ERAT. Wood 5.03
SOJ. Arrieta 167