|04-16-2007, 11:17 PM||#1|
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CHICAGO (AP) -- The Chicago Cubs shook up their lineup. Then, Alfonso Soriano got shaken up.
Soriano left in the fifth inning after injuring a hamstring while attempting a diving catch in the Cubs' 12-4 rout of the San Diego Padres on Monday night.
Jason Marquis (1-1) allowed one run in six innings to win for the first time in three starts since signing a $21 million, three-year contract with the Cubs.
Chicago, which was 0-7 against the Padres last season, led 3-0 in the fifth when, with a runner on third and one out, Clay Hensley (0-3) lofted a fly to shallow center. Soriano raced in, dove and rolled over as he trapped the ball.
Soriano then got up and slipped while attempting a throw. Trainer Mark O'Neal tended to him, and Soriano walked off under his own power. Chicago said Soriano strained his left hamstring.
Soriano, who signed a $136 million, eight-year contract, and Marquis were key components in the Cubs' offseason makeover.
Chicago began the night last in the NL Central at 4-7 and entered with five losses in six games, and manager Lou Piniella shook up the lineup.
The biggest change was moving Jacque Jones from right field to left and dropping him to sixth in the batting order. Matt Murton started in right, batted cleanup and delivered two hits and two RBIs.
Piniella said before the game he was simply "changing things up a little bit. Nothing more, nothing less."
He also said one move that is not under consideration at the moment is moving Soriano out of center field, even though he entered with a .234 average and no homers.
Chicago had responded to the changes with season highs for runs and hits (14).
Hensley gave up 10 runs and 11 hits in five-plus innings. Marcus Giles had one of the few bright spots for the Padres, hitting a three-run homer in the ninth off Will Ohman, who has a 9.00 ERA.
Run-scoring singles by Derrek Lee and Murton gave the Cubs a 2-0 lead in the first, and Michael Barrett hit a two-run homer as Chicago scored four in the fifth to make it 7-1. Mark DeRosa added a homer leading off the sixth against Hensley, and Cliff Floyd hit a three-run drive off Mike Thompson later that inning.
RHP Greg Maddux, San Diego's starter Tuesday, is to make his first start against the Cubs since his second stint with them ended with a trade to the Los Angeles Dodgers last July 31. ... Padres RF Brian Giles leaped into the wall to snag Mark DeRosa's foul ball in the second. ... Piniella said Aramis Ramirez was available to pinch hit and should be starting at third base Tuesday or Wednesday. Ryan Theriot, who had started the previous three games at third, was at second. DeRosa started at third. ... Reliever Scott Eyre, who spent Saturday night in the hospital with flu-like symptoms, was available but did not pitch.
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