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Cubs set lineup for Cactus League opener

MESA, Ariz. -- Alfonso Soriano will indeed be the leadoff hitter when the Chicago Cubs open the Cactus League schedule Sunday against the Oakland Athletics.

After Saturday’s intrasquad game, the lineup for the Sunday’s game was posted with Soriano in left field, followed by Ian Stewart (third base), Starlin Castro (shortstop), Bryan LaHair (first base), Marlon Byrd (centerfield), David DeJesus (right field), Jeff Baker (designated hitter), Darwin Barney (second base) and Welington Castillo (catcher).

Rodrigo Lopez is scheduled to start for the Cubs. Others scheduled to pitch include Carlos Marmol, Dae-Eun Rhee, Rafael Dolis, Lendy Castillo and Marcos Mateo.

The game is set for a 1 p.m. start local time at HoHoKam Park. It will be broadcast on cubs.com (radio) only.