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Sveum plans to use regulars vs. A's

MESA, Ariz. -- Manager Dale Sveum said that he is not set on a lineup for Sunday’s Cactus League opener against the Oakland A’s, but he is planning on using his regulars.

Asked if Alfonso Soriano is a possibility for the leadoff spot, Sveum said he is and broke into a laugh.

Sveum appears to know that using Soriano at leadoff will cause a stir among Cubs fans, but he still wants to try all combinations because he doesn’t have an obvious candidate for any lineup spot.

The sense is that David DeJesus is the favorite to bat first on Opening Day.

Because Geovany Soto is still out with a minor groin issue, Sveum said Wellington Castillo will be the starting catcher over Jason Jaramillo.