3/15 Theriot to leadoff; Fontenot has edge
Lou Piniella has settled on a leadoff man. Piniella said Monday that Ryan Theriot will leadoff for the Cubs with Kosuke Fukudome batting second. Also, Piniella said Theriot’s LSU teammate, Mike Fontenot, has “jumped ahead” of Jeff Baker in the battle for playing time at second base.
“It hasn’t been finalized but that’s the way I view it,” Piniella said.
With Theriot set at No. 1, the lineup would be the shortstop followed by Fukudome, Derrek Lee, Aramis Ramirez, Marlon Byrd, Alfonso Soriano, whoever is at second and Geovany Soto. That gives the Cubs left-handed hitters in the Nos. 2 and 7 holes.
— Carrie Muskat