Wednesday lineup: Lefties on bench

April, 3, 2013
4/03/13
2:28
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Rogers By Jesse Rogers
ESPNChicago.com
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PITTSBURGH -- Facing the first left-hander of the season, Chicago Cubs manager Dale Sveum has elected to sit three left-handed hitters who started Monday's season opening win against the Pirates.

This is how the lineup stacks up against Wandy Rodriguez:

1. Dave Sappelt, CF
2. Starlin Castro, SS
3. Anthony Rizzo, 1B
4. Alfonso Soriano, LF
5. Scott Hairston, RF
6. Welington Castillo, C
7. Brent Lillibridge, 3B
8. Alberto Gonzalez, 2B
9. Edwin Jackson, P

Monday starter's David DeJesus, Nate Schierholtz and Luis Valbuena will begin the game on the bench with Sappelt, Hairston and Gonzalez getting their first starts.

• The Cleveland Indians claimed right handed pitcher Robert Whitenack from the Cubs. Whitenack had been designated for assignment after the Cubs had to drop him from the 40-man roster to make room for Gonzalez.

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Chicago Cubs beat reporter
Jesse joined ESPN Chicago in September 2009 and covers the Chicago Cubs for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN Radio 1000.

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TEAM LEADERS

BA LEADER
Starlin Castro
BA HR RBI R
.284 13 64 53
OTHER LEADERS
HRA. Rizzo 29
RBIA. Rizzo 69
RA. Rizzo 80
OPSA. Rizzo .881
WJ. Hammel 8
ERAT. Wood 4.91
SOJ. Arrieta 127