Soriano feeling good with swing, timing

Soriano feeling good with swing, timing

Soriano feeling good with swing, timing
MESA, Ariz. -- In the two games he's played in this spring, Alfonso Soriano has led off and batted fourth in the Cubs' lineup. It's not clear where the left fielder will end up, but what is certain is how good he's feeling.

On Tuesday, he was the designated hitter against the Rockies and hit a leadoff homer in the second, a leadoff double in the third and a two-run homer in the fifth as the Cubs romped, 11-4.

"I'm a little surprised," Soriano said. "It's my second game and I'm feeling good with my swing and with my timing. It makes me feel good. Usually it takes 20, 25 at-bats before I feel good, but I felt good in the second game."

The more at-bats the better, Soriano said.

"I want to show the fans, my teammates and the coaches and everybody that I'm here to play the game," he said. "It doesn't matter if I'm batting leadoff, DH, I'm here to do my job."

So he doesn't care where he hits?

"Not really," Soriano said. "I prepare in my mind to be 100 percent and try to help the team win. It doesn't matter batting leadoff, fourth, fifth. It just depends on the manager and what he thinks."

All Cubs manager Dale Sveum will say is that he wants to keep Soriano, 36, healthy, which means days off after night games and also after road trips.

"It's vital to keep those legs as fresh as possible so he can do things like he did today," Sveum said.