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The Cubs have won three of four, but that didn't stop manager Dale Sveum from changing his lineup again.

In the midst of the Cubs' 12-game losing streak, he removed Starlin Castro from the three-hole and threw utlityman Joe Mather into the fray.

Mather saw the lion's share of the starts in center field, pushing sparkplug Tony Campana into a reserve role.

Both those things have changed, at least for the time being. Campana started in center and led off Friday, with Mather hitting third and playing third. Saturday, Mather is down to the No. 8 spot while Campana's name is still penciled in at leadoff and center field.

Mather was 1-for-4 Friday, singling in the ninth and scoring on Alfonso Soriano's three-run homer. But since moving to the three-hole, he has struggled mightily, to the tune of a .222 average and .546 OPS in seven games and 29 plate appearances. Worse yet, he did not have an RBI and scored just two runs.

Rather than move Castro back into that spot in the order, Sveum has decided to stick David DeJesus, who has been hot lately, into the No. 3 spot.

It's a curious move, as DeJesus has never shown much power in his career (.420 slugging percentage), but his .788 OPS is a positive and he's coming off a nine-game hitting streak.

Here's the way the Cubs will lineup for Game 2 against the Giants Saturday:

1. Tony Campana CF
2. Starlin Castro SS
3. David DeJesus RF
4. Alfonso Soriano LF
5. Bryan LaHair 1B
6. Steve Clevenger C
7. Darwin Barney 2B
8. Joe Mather 3B
9. Matt Garza P