Joe Crede was scratched from Sunday’s Twins lineup. Here’s the Cubs lineup in the series finale: LF Soriano, CF Fukudome, RF Bradley, 1B Lee, C Soto, 3B Fontenot, SS Theriot, 2B Miles, P Lilly.
Lou Piniella was asked before the game about whether he’d thought about moving Soriano out of the leadoff spot.
“When we signed Alfonso, it was as a leadoff hitter,” Piniella said. “We won two divisions with him as a leadoff hitter. What else can I say? He’s struggling and we have to hope he gets out of it.”
That’s where Soriano is most comfortable.
“I’ve been struggling, and I know I’ve been struggling for maybe a month,” Soriano said. “I believe in myself and I know that sooner or later I’ll get out of this slump and I’ll be fine.”
— Carrie Muskat