Ryan Freel is starting at third base Thursday in the Cubs’ series finale against the Cardinals. Lou Piniella said maybe one of the reasons for Mike Fontenot’s struggles at the plate is because he’s been switched to third. Fontenot was batting .213 when he plays, .197 when playing third. It’s LF Soriano, SS Theriot, CF Fukudome, 1B Lee, RF Bradley, 2B Fontenot, C Soto, 3B Freel and P Marshall.
— Carrie Muskat