3/27 Soriano, the Fuke to get extra work

Neither Alfonso Soriano or Kosuke Fukudome were in Saturday’s Cubs lineup. Both will be spending a lot of the day working with hitting coach Rudy Jaramillo. Soriano is batting .286 this spring while Fukudome is hitting .289.

* Lou Piniella is still deciding the pitching rotation order now that they’ve picked Carlos Silva and Tom Gorzelanny to fill the two spots.

* Xavier Nady will start in the outfield Sunday, then play first base in the Minor League camp on Monday. All of the Cubs regulars will be in the lineup Friday when the team plays the D-Backs at Chase Field. That will be the first and only spring night game.

* Expect final roster decisions to be made Tuesday. Piniella said they’ll meet to discuss the bench. “The harder the decision, probably the better for the ballteam,” he said.

— Carrie Muskat


Carrie you must have early dinner plans tonight, seeing how you are posting “they WEREN’T in the line-up” 2 hours before the game even starts! I understand, just find it funny!

This is very helpful. I’m glad that they can both get work. Mostly, it’s Fuke staying in the batter’s box longer and staying with the ball. Soriano just needs to have better discipline and be aware of the pitch. If we can get him to hit at least 30 jacks and drive in some runs, we’re in business.

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