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Another day, another lineup

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PHOENIX — Keeping true to his form, Cubs manager Lou Piniella unveiled a lineup before Game 1 of the National League Division Series against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday night that looked nothing like the card who showed the day before.

Piniella dropped No. 2 hitter Ryan Theriot to the eighth spot, putting left-handed-hitting Jacque Jones in the No. 2 spot, and he moved catcher Geovany Soto from eighth to seventh. Piniella also moved left-handed-hitting Cliff Floyd out of the cleanup spot, having him trade places with No. 5 hitter Aramis Ramirez.

‘‘Well, we’ve used this lineup before,’’ Piniella said. ‘‘But we decided to hit Jones in the two-hole. Left-handers have hit .272 off of Webb ... and right-handers .199, so we tried to put some left-handed-hitting at the top of the lineup. We’ll see how that works.’’

In the first inning, Jones walked with one out. In the second inning, with one out and Carlos Zambrano on second, Jones struck out.

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