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Cubs Roster 2012: Chicago Sets Their Opening Day Lineup

According to The Chicago Tribune, the Chicago Cubs have already set their Opening Day linuep:

  1. RF David DeJesus
  2. 2B Darwin Barney
  3. SS Starlin Castro
  4. 1B Bryan LaHair
  5. LF Alfonso Soriano
  6. 3B Ian Stewart
  7. CF Marlon Byrd
  8. C Geovany Soto
  9. P Ryan Dempster

The Cubs, who are featuring this lineup on Friday against the Los Angeles Dodgers, would prefer to have more players with high on-base percentages, but, says manager Dale Svuem, they only have outfielder David DeJesus who fits that mold:

"On this team we don’t have a whole lot of on-base percentage guys to evaluate that way. You evaluate more on productivity. Hopefully the on-base percentage happens without maneuvering the lineup because of it because we don’t have any proven guys besides DeJesus that has any longevity to say he’s had a decent on-base percentage."

The Cubs begin the 2012 MLB regular season on Thursday with a 1:20 p.m. CDT game against the Washington Nationals.

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