5/22 Good luck charm

Starlin Castro was batting second for the fifth game this season. The Cubs are 4-0 when he hits in that spot in the lineup.

“He’s been consistent,” Lou Piniella said of Castro, who was batting .365 and has reached base via a hit, walk or error in his first 14 games.

On Friday, Castro was obviously upset with himself when he lined out to right field for the second out of the ninth inning in Chicago’s 2-1 loss.

“The last two games, I’ve watched in the ninth inning, he’s made a couple outs and he’s not happy with himself,” Piniella said of Castro. “That’s a nice sign. He competes. The kid competes. I’m impressed with him.”

— Carrie Muskat

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