--SS Starlin Castro moved back into the leadoff spot after hitting third the previous night. Castro began the season as the No. 2 hitter, but the Cubs are in bad need of a solid 3-hole hitter. However, he's 2-for-17 in the third spot and 24-for-51 as a leadoff man. "I look at the at-bats," said manager Mike Quade. "I look at a lot of things. He's had some good at-bats in the 3-hole. The other thing is we think this guy is a pretty important part of our future. I have no concern about his psyche, no matter where he hits."
--RF Kosuke Fukudome came in as a pinch hitter one night after getting five hits out of the leadoff spot. He became the fifth Cubs leadoff man since 1986 to have five hits in a game. He joined Ryan Theriot (2010), Alfonso Soriano (2007 and 2008), Tom Goodwin (2003) and Davey Lopes (1986).
--LHP James Russell lasted four innings in his third start of the season. He gave up three homers, two to Todd Helton. The Cubs now must decide whether to give Russell another start. He came out of the bullpen earlier this month when RHPs Randy Wells and Andrew Cashner went on the DL. "I don't know, I really don't know," Mike Quade said, adding that he did not want to bring RHP Jeff Samardzija out of the pen to start. The other option is a minor league call-up.
--1B Jeff Baker started at first base in place of the slumping Carlos Pena, who has no homers. Baker was 2-for-4 and is now batting .409 (18-for-44). "I won't," Mike Quade said of a platoon. The biggest decision I have now is to find ways to keep Baker involved on a regular basis. ... His versatility makes a huge difference."
--LF Alfonso Soriano hit his team-leading seventh homer of the season leading off the ninth to make the score 4-3. Soriano will get Wednesday's afternoon game off in favor of Tyler Colvin, whom the Cubs need to get jump-started. Colvin is batting just .128.
BY THE NUMBERS
8-1 -- The wind has blown out three games this year at Wrigley Field, but the Cubs have been outhomered 8-1 by their opponents in those games.
QUOTE TO NOTE
"I'm caught up in trying to do what's right for him, the organization and the club -- and not at his expense." -- Manager Mike Quade, on the proper use of second-year SS Starlin Castro.
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