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Super-sub Bloomquist gets off to running start

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Versatile veteran Willie Bloomquist prides himself on being prepared, so his quick start while filling in for starting shortstop Stephen Drew should not come as a surprise.

Bloomquist extended his season-long hitting streak to four games with a two-run, game-tying single in the seventh inning Tuesday at Wrigley Field, although the Cubs recovered for a 6-5 victory while taking the first two games of a three-game series. Bloomquist also stole his fourth base of the season, half of his 2010 total in 83 games with Kansas City and Cincinnati.

Again, no surprise. Bloomquist stole 25 bases with Kansas City in 2009, the only season in which he had semi-regular playing time. Bloomquist played every position except pitcher and catcher for the Royals in 2009, doing most of his work in right field (61 games) and shortstop (38) while setting career highs in games (125) and at-bats (434). He has not had more than 251 at-bats in his other eight seasons in the majors.

"Just trying to take what the game gives you," said Bloomquist, who has a career success rate of 81 percent on stolen bases.

"I could care less about statistics or whatever. It's just a matter of trying to play the game the right way and getting in scoring position so someone can drive me in. We need to continue to play aggressively and try to push runs across when we can, and that's part of it."

Bloomquist signed as a free agent in January for the chance to be sort of a super-sub in the middle infield and all around the outfield. Not that he is not pushing for more.

"I've been around long enough to know usually what to expect, but I certainly don't put any limitations on myself. I expect a lot more than anybody else expects of me. I've always been a team guy. Whatever the team needs me to do, that's what I plan on doing," he said.

"But I plan on doing it better than anybody expects me to do it."

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