Starlin takes over leadoff spot for Cubs

Starlin takes over leadoff spot for Cubs

Starlin takes over leadoff spot for Cubs
ST. LOUIS -- With Kosuke Fukudome gone after being traded to the Indians, Starlin Castro took over the leadoff spot for the Cubs on Friday.

Cubs manager Mike Quade had Castro and Darwin Barney batting 1-2 to open the series against the Cardinals.

"We'll start with those two kids, and it will be an evolving thing -- and maybe not," Quade said.

It's not a new role for Castro, who has a .369 average in 19 games as the leadoff man.

Fukudome had the best on-base percentage on the team, and Castro and Barney aren't the most patient hitters.

"They may not walk as much, but I still see Barney work counts, and there's going to be a day when he's 3-2 and 2-2 [in the count] and takes a couple pitches and walks," Quade said of the second baseman. "He does work the count and he also allows me to play some hit-and-run and do things at the top of the order. [Leading off] will give 'Cassie' some freedom to run."