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Clevenger at third, Barney gets Gold Glove

4/12/2013

Chicago Cubs infielder Steve Clevenger makes the first start of his career at third base on Friday when the Cubs host the San Francisco Giants.

Clevenger has played a total of two innings in the majors at third, including one on Thursday in the Cubs 7-6 loss to the Giants.

"He (manager Dale Sveum) kind of gave me a heads up yesterday that I would be playing third today," Clevenger said Friday morning before the game. "I got my ground balls in. I feel very comfortable over there. I played infield when I was first drafted."

Clevenger has mostly been a catcher, behind the plate for 53 of the 63 career games he's played in. He's also played first base.

"I thought it was going to take a little bit longer before I got a start at third base but like I said I'm very happy, I feel very comfortable being out there," Clevenger stated.

Clevenger is taking Brent Lillibridge's place in the lineup as Luis Valbuena moves over to play second base. Clevenger will bat seventh.

The Cubs lead the league in errors with 10.

Barney's Gold Glove

Injured second baseman Darwin Barney will receive his Gold Glove in a ceremony before Friday's game. It was to take place on Saturday but Barney will be on a rehab assignment at Triple-A Iowa as he recovers from a knee injury suffered in the preseason. The ceremony was moved up to accommodate his schedule.

"It's exciting to get it and start the campaign for a new one. I plan on holding it for a couple days," Barney joked. "Right now my focus is on getting prepared for Tuesday."

Barney is eligible to come off the disabled list on Monday. The Cubs open a series against the Texas Rangers on Tuesday night. Barney originally hurt his knee chasing down a foul ball on March 30 in Houston.