7/16 Soriano's great catch

How about that catch Alfonso Soriano made to start Friday’s game? Soriano chased down Jimmy Rollins’ fly ball that floated toward the line in left, caught it, and then fell awkwardly, banging his chin on the ground. As he watched the replay on the clubhouse television Friday, Soriano said: “Ouch.”

“I was very happy to make that play,” Soriano said.

He’s been working with Ivan DeJesus to get better jumps on balls. A year ago, Soriano wouldn’t have come close to catching the ball because of problems with his legs. Soriano says he’s trying to play defense like Cubs All-Star Marlon Byrd.

“He’s trying to be like me on defense,” Byrd said, “and I’m trying to be like him on offense.”

— Carrie Muskat

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