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Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Sveum sticks with same lineup vs. lefty

By Jesse Rogers

PITTSBURGH -- Chicago Cubs manager Dale Sveum will stick with the same lineup Wednesday against another Pittsburgh Pirates left-hander.

Coming off a 5-4 loss to the Pirates and left-hander Wandy Rodriguez, the Cubs will face southpaw Francisco Liriano on Wednesday night.

That means Julio Borbon gets the nod in centerfield over Ryan Sweeney and David DeJesus while Scott Hairston starts in right for Nate Schierholtz. Borbon was 0 for 4 with a walk on Tuesday and is 1 for 7 against left-handed pitching this season while Sweeney is 3 for 8. Hairston is hitting .095 against left-handed pitching this season.

The Cubs rank 13th in the National League with a .296 on-base percentage against left-handed pitching, but their power numbers are mid-pack. Here is the entire lineup:

1. Borbon, CF
2. Starlin Castro, SS
3. Anthony Rizzo, 1B
4. Alfonso Soriano, LF
5. Hairston, RF
6. Welington Castillo, C
7. Cody Ransom, 3B
8. Darwin Barney, 2B
9. Jeff Samardzija, P