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    Cubs 2B Starlin Castro starting Game 1 of NLDS

    Cubs second baseman Starlin Castro is in the lineup for Game 1 of the National League Division Series.Castro will man his spot at second base and hit fifth in the order behind three and four hitters Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo when the Cubs take on St. Louis right-hander John Lackey on Friday. Castro has batted .250 in 12 at-bats against Lackey during his career.

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    Cubs' Starlin Castro not in starting lineup Tuesday vs. Reds

    Cubs infielder Starlin Castro is not in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Reds.Castro started the last three games at second base, but he will get a day off Tuesday. Tommy La Stella will man the keystone for the Cubs on Tuesday night.

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    Cubs SS Starlin Castro hits two home runs in win Friday

    Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro was 3 for 3 with a pair of home runs and six RBI in the Cubs' dramatic win over division-rival St. Louis on Friday afternoon. He socked a two-run home run in the fifth inning off of Seth Maness to give the Cubs the lead, and followed that up with a three-run blast in the next inning off of Steve Cishek to blow the game open. Castro, who has been playing second base with some regularity, has been red hot in September - technically since losing his starting job at shortstop - and has now provided 10 home runs and 60 RBI to go with an improving .257 average. He's on a roll, and as long as he keeps hitting, the Cubs are likely to keep penciling his name into the lineup.

  • by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com

    Cubs' Starlin Castro collects four RBI in Tuesday's win

    Cubs infielder Starlin Castro went 2 for 4 at the plate with four RBI to help lead the Cubs to an 8-5 win over the Cardinals on Tuesday. His biggest hit came in the second inning when he hit a three-run home run off Michael Wacha. He also drove in another run on a double in the seventh. Castro also scored three runs. Prior to Tuesday's win, Castro was hitting .356 with one home run and two RBI in his last 16 games (nine starts).

  • by Michael Hurcomb | Fantasy Writer

    Cubs' Starlin Castro plays at second base for first time in career

    Cubs infielder Starlin Castro, who lost his starting shortstop job to rookie Addison Russell, played at second base for the final four innings of Tuesday's win against the Brewers. It was the first time in his six-year MLB career he played at second base. "It doesn't matter where they put me," Castro said, per the Chicago Tribune. "I just want to play. I just want to be in the lineup. It doesn't matter if it's at second or short." While Castro's agent -- Paul Kinzer -- lent support to his client, he also chose his words carefully. "Sometimes a change of scenery is good for everybody," Kinzer said. "I think it would crush him to leave Chicago. He loves it here. "Let's face it. If he's not playing, he's not being traded. There are a lot of people in baseball who know he can play shortstop at a high level."

  • by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

    Benching of Cubs SS Starlin Castro could be permanent

    Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro was benched Friday. He might be forced to get used to it. Joe Maddon did not term his absence from the lineup a day off and made no guarantees that the slumping Castro will start Saturday against San Francisco either. In fact, quite the opposite. "I did not give him any promises on how he is going to be utilized, other than 'just stay ready off the bench,'" Maddon told the Chicago Tribune. "I didn't want to give him any kind of false promises whatsoever." Castro owns a weak slash line of .236/.271/.304. He ranks last among major league shortstops with a -0.8 WAR. The last straw was Thursday, when he stranded six runners.

  • by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

    Maddon tellis Cubs SS Starlin Castro that he won't be traded

    Joe Maddon has told Cubs struggling shortstop Starlin Castro to relax and that he's not going to be traded, the Chicago Tribune has reported. Castro, who is not in the lineup Wednesday, has just one multi-hit game since July 2. Trade rumors have been swirling around Castro, who has been reported to be a target of San Diego.

  • by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

    Report: Cubs seeking to trade SS Starlin Castro to Padres

    The Cubs and Padres have discussed a deal involving shortstop Starlin Castro with the former seeking starting pitching, sources have told Fox Sports. The 25-year-old Castro has stagnated in recent years and is having arguably his worst season. He owns a .230/.268/.302 slash line and has been particularly ineffective recently. He has just seven hits in his last 69 at-bats.

  • by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

    Report: Cubs dangle top middle infielders in Cole Hamels talks

    The Cubs are offering standout prospect Javier Baez and established shortstop Starlin Castro in an attempt to land Phillies prized pitcher Cole Hamels, a team executive has told ESPN.com senior baseball writer Jayson Stark. Stark added, however, that the Phillies are not enthralled with either player. But the Cubs remain determined in their efforts to trade for Hamels. "I don't think they'll be in the rental market," the executive who has spoken to the Cubs told Stark. "So the value to them, with Hamels, is the three years [left on his contract]. This isn't just about selling out to go for the wild card. It's about getting ahead of [the free-agent ace market] this winter."

  • by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer

    Cubs SS Starlin Castro sits out Game 1 of DH vs. Reds

    Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro will be out of the lineup for the first game of Wednesday's doubleheader with the Reds. Castro had started 14 straight games for the Cubs, but he has struggled to the tune of a .111 batting average and 15 strikeouts--to just two walks--over that time. Addison Russell will slide over to handle shortstop, while Jonathan Herrera steps in to play second base in the opener of the twinbill. Castro could be back in the lineup for the nightcap.