Marlins Vs. Cubs Lineups: Reed Johnson Leading Off Against LHP Mark Buehrle

The Chicago Cubs take on the Miami Marlins on Thursday afternoon, looking to stay one of the hottest teams in baseball. The Cubs are 7-3 in the last 10 games and have gone from last in the NL Wild Card standings to fourth-from-last.

Righty CF Reed Johnson gets the start on Thursday against lefty SP Mark Buehrle. The long-time Chicago White Sox pitcher is having a sharp first season in Miami, sporting a 3.13 ERA and 3.75 FIP. He has been particular tough against left-handed pitching in 2012 (3.40 FIP), so the team will elect to start Johnson and RF Jeff Baker over lefties OF David DeJesus and RF/1B Bryan LaHair.

Here are the full lineups, courtesy of Baseball Press:

Marlins Cubs
1. Jose Reyes SS 1. Reed Johnson CF
2. Emilio Bonifacio CF 2. Starlin Castro SS
3. Carlos Lee 1B 3. Anthony Rizzo 1B
4. Justin Ruggiano RF 4. Alfonso Soriano LF
5. Hanley Ramirez 3B 5. Jeff Baker RF
6. Austin Kearns LF 6. Geovany Soto C
7. Omar Infante 2B 7. Darwin Barney 2B
8. John Buck C 8. Luis Valbuena 3B
9. Mark Buehrle P 9. Paul Maholm P

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