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Cubs Vs. Mets Lineups: Bryan LaHair Sits Against Lefty Johan Santana

The Chicago Cubs (31-51) take on the second-place New York Mets (45-38) on Friday afternoon, kicking off their final series before the 2012 All-Star Break. And just 24 hours after saying 1B/OF Bryan LaHair would play against both righties and lefties, Cubs manger Dale Sveum has elected to put LaHair on the bench against elite left-handed SP Johan Santana.

Here is a look at the full lineups, courtesy of Baseball Press:

Cubs Lineup Mets Lineup
1. Reed Johnson (R) RF 1. Ruben Tejada (R) SS
2. Darwin Barney (R) SS 2. Ronny Cedeno (R) 2B
3. Anthony Rizzo (L) 1B 3. David Wright (R) 3B
4. Alfonso Soriano (R) LF 4. Scott Hairston (R) LF
5. Jeff Baker (R) 2B 5. Lucas Duda (L) RF
6. Geovany Soto (R) C 6. Justin Turner (R) 1B
7. Joe Mather (R) CF 7. Mike Nickeas (R) C
8. Luis Valbuena (L) 3B 8. Kirk Nieuwenhuis (L) CF
9. Travis Wood (R) P 9. Johan Santana (L) P

The Cubs enter the series against the Mets as one of the hotter teams in baseball. They have won 7 of their last 10 games and the slugging duo of LaHair and Anthony Rizzo have led the way, hitting 3 home runs combined with OPS's over 1.000 each.

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