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7/28 Lineup & quick hits

Naturally, Koyie Hill is starting at catcher Tuesday night. It’s his 18th straight game, and he’s the first Cubs catcher to start that many games since Damon Berryhill, who was behind the plate for 25 straight from May 13-June 9, 1989.

It’ll be CF Fukudome, SS Theriot, 1B Lee, 3B Ramirez, RF Bradley, LF Soriano, 2B Fontenot, C Hill and P Dempster.

* Lou Piniella is happy with Hill’s effort.

“He’s done a real nice job, calls a real good game,” Piniella said. “He takes charge back behind home plate and the bottom line is we’re winning. We’re very pleased with the job he’s done. He throws well so he stops the other team from getting too adventuresome on the basepaths. We’ve caught him every day and he’s durable and enjoys what he’s doing.”

As far as Geovany Soto’s progress, he’s taking batting practice and may start playing games this week as he rehabs from a strained oblique.

* Bench coach Ivan DeJesus worked with second baseman Mike Fontenot on his bunting on Tuesday. Fontenot missed a bunt attempt on Monday.

* Does being in first mean things are any different?

“I don’t think so,” Piniella said. “We’ve got games on our schedule, and we need to win a certain amount of them. I don’t think there’s any different feeling.”

– Carrie Muskat

 

Hot corner

Koyie Hill was inserted into Thursday night’s game at third base in a defensive switch, the first time the catcher has ever played infield in a Major League game. Hill had taken grounders at third in St. Louis in case he was needed and on Friday morning, he was working with coaches Alan Trammell and Ivan DeJesus at the hot corner. Hill did play third in college. That’s it.

– Carrie Muskat

Tough break

The son of Cubs coach Ivan DeJesus broke his left leg sliding into home plate during a “B” game Monday between the Dodgers and Brewers in Glendale. Ivan DeJesus Jr., who was the Dodgers’ 2008 Minor League Player of the Year, is likely out for the season with a broken lower tibia. He batted .324 last year for Double-A Jacksonville.

His father, who is a special assistant for the Cubs, was with the Puerto Rican team, preparing for the World Baseball Classic. Last Thursday, Ivan Sr. watched his son play in a big league game for the first time when the Cubs and Dodgers met at HoHoKam Park.

– Carrie Muskat 

Proud papa

Cubs special assistant Ivan DeJesus was just like any other proud father on Wednesday as he watched his son, Ivan DeJesus Jr., play in a Cactus League game. It was the first time the father had seen his son, an infielder with the Los Angeles Dodgers, in a Major League uniform in a game, and it had an impact on Dad.

“I want him to go all the way,” the Cubs’ coach said. “That’s what he wants to do.”

The younger DeJesus batted .324 in 128 games last season for Jacksonville in the Southern League. He used to hang out in big league clubhouses with his father when he was 5 years old. Now, he’s 21.

The elder DeJesus was standing at the end of the Cubs dugout at HoHoKam Park when his son entered the game in the seventh inning to play shortstop. He did reach base in the ninth on a fielder’s choice, but didn’t score and the Cubs won, 5-3.

The two will meet up again this spring. But Wednesday was a brief, special moment.

“It was nice,” DeJesus said. “It’s another chapter of my life.”

– Carrie Muskat

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