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Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Sveum to stick with lineup once it's set

By Doug Padilla

MESA, Ariz. -- When new Chicago Cubs manager Dale Sveum finally sets his Opening Day lineup he plans to be committed to it.

Sveum said Wednesday that he has no intention of platooning players, or at least that’s his goal when camp breaks during the first week of April.

Sveum was being asked about new third baseman Ian Stewart specifically when he revealed his desire for no platoons.

“[Playing time] is all left up to them and how they are doing at the time,” Sveum said. “But there is no platoon situation in mind for anybody at all.”

So while the left-handed hitting Stewart plays the bulk of the time at third base, he might get some days off against left-handers to give Jeff Baker some playing time. Baker can also give a break to Bryan LaHair, who is expected to start the season as the Opening Day first baseman.

Presumably the desire for no platoons also holds true at second base where there are three candidates for the job. Right-handed hitting Darwin Barney will battle with left-handed hitters Adrian Cardenas and Blake DeWitt for the job.