Despite the fact the Chicago Cubs are facing a left-handed pitcher, Tony Campana got the start in center field against the San Francisco Giants, the first time he has been in the starting lineup since May 21.
The way the Cubs roster is currently constructed, the Cubs have to play at least one left-handed hitter against a lefty pitcher, but that has usually been right fielder and leadoff man David DeJesus.
Not only does Campana get a shot against Giants lefty Madison Bumgarner, the left-handed hitting Steve Clevenger got the call at catcher over the switch-hitting Koyie Hill. Ian Stewart and Bryan LaHair are both not in the starting lineup.
DeJesus is riding a nine-game hitting streak that includes a game Monday when he hit two triples. But Campana is coming off a game Wednesday when he sparked a late rally as a pinch runner with two steals and the game-tying run. The Cubs pulled out that victory late against the San Diego Padres.
The Cubs’ entire lineup in Friday’s opener of a four-game series at San Francisco:
Starlin Castro, SS
Joe Mather, 3B
Alfonso Soriano, LF
Reed Johnson, RF
Jeff Baker, 1B
Darwin Barney, 2B
Paul Maholm, P