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Cubs' lineup for Crosstown Game 1


Cubs' lineup for Crosstown Game 1

With the BP Crosstown Cup taking its talents to the South Side tonight, the Cubs will have the added boost of a designated hitter in their order for the next three days. That should help the offense, but it definitely makes for a crazy lineup:

1. David DeJesus - CF
2. Starlin Castro - SS
3. Bryan LaHair - RF
4. Alfonso Soriano - DH
5. Steve Clevenger - 1B
6. Darwin Barney - 2B
7. Luis Valbuena - 3B
8. Geovany Soto - C
9. Tony Campana - LF

The most interesting thing, of course, is that LaHair is in right field and Clevenger is at first base.

This is odd because LaHair's natural position is first base, Clevenger's natural position is catcher and Soto and Clevenger are the only two catchers the Cubs have, and they're both in the starting lineup.

Clevenger has been hitting the ball well and is capable of playing first base, so that's one thing. The Cubs also figure to try to get Soto as much playing time as possible to showcase him for any potential trades over the next month or so.

With LaHair patrolling right, DeJesus moves to center, and with Soriano at DH, Campana gets a shot at left.

But Campana's speed is a huge asset in the outfield, namely in center. DeJesus is capable of playing all three outfield spots well and LaHair can play either corner spot, which makes the fact Campana is in left all the more curious.

This could be related to Anthony Rizzo, believe it or not. The slugging first baseman appears to be close to a call-up with the big-league club and once that does happen, LaHair would figure to move to the outfield.

Soriano has locked down left and DeJesus has played very well, so he wouldn't lose his spot anytime soon. But if both LaHair and Soriano are taking the corner outfield spots, DeJesus would have no choice but to move to center, so this could be a tune-up game for him.

This is Soto's first game action in over a month, since he went on the disabled list with a knee injury. Welington Castillo was sent down to Triple-A to make room for Soto on the big-league roster.

High School Lites Football Roundup Week 9

High School Lites Football Roundup Week 9

High School Lites is back with an exciting Week 9 full of thrilling matchups. NBC Sports Chicago has the highlights of some of the top matchups from Friday's games.

Be sure to follow us on Twitter @NBCSPREPS for all of the latest IHSA football scores and highlights.

DRIVE: Batavia (episode 9)

TEAM OF THE WEEK: Oak Forest football

VIEWERS' CHOICE GAMES OF THE WEEK: Fremd runs past Schaumburg

WINTRUST ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: Notre Dame running back Ty Gavin


(1) Lincoln-Way East 31, (16) Bolingbrook 0

(2) Batavia 24, Wheaton North 13

(3) Brother Rice 31, (17) Montini 0

(4) Marist 24, Benet 7

(6) Homewood-Flossmoor 56, Sandburg 0

(7) Cary-Grove 55, (15) Naperville Central 41

(9) Nazareth Academy 42, Marian Catholic 6

(10) Maine South 48, Niles West 6

(11) Oswego 22, Plainfield South 15

(12) Richards 41, Eisenhower 6

(13) Phillips 41, Raby 0

(14) Willowbrook 42, Downers South 20

(18) Oak Park-River Forest 48, Lyons 0

(19) Warren 43, Mundelein 7

(20) Glenbard West 35, Proviso West 6

(21) Hillcrest 43, Bremen 6

Joliet Catholic 33, (22) Notre Dame 17

(23) Hinsdale Central 21, Hinsdale South 12

(24) Rolling Meadows 34, Buffalo Grove 7

Wheaton Warrenville South 13, (25) St. Charles North 11


Payton 43, Kenwood 42

Coal City 43, Lisle 14

Huntley 55, Dundee-Crown 12

Perspectives 32, Solorio 16


Fenwick vs. (5) Mount Carmel 

(8) Simeon vs. Curie

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Can the Bears pull off an upset at home against Tom Brady and the Patriots?


SportsTalk Live Podcast: Can the Bears pull off an upset at home against Tom Brady and the Patriots?

Chris Emma, Matt Zahn and Gabe Ramirez join David Kaplan on the panel.

0:00- NBC Sports National NBA Insider Tom Haberstroh joins the panel to discuss the Bulls’ terrible defensive performance as well as Zach LaVine’s impressive season debut.

11:35- Khalil Mack is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Patriots. Can the Bears pull off the upset against Tom Brady?

23:50- NBC Sports Boston Patriots insider Tom E. Curran joins Kap to talk about how New England views the Bears and discuss how Matt Nagy’s team can exploit the Patriots’ weaknesses.

Listen to the full episode at this link or in the embedded player below.