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A day of rest for Cubs vs. Giants' Lincecum

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Giants Diamondbacks B_De L.jpgRiding a four-game winning streak, manager Lou Piniella unveiled a lineup this morning straight out of a spring training road game.

No red-hot Ryan Theriot, no Alfonso Soriano, no Aramis Ramirez and no Milton Bradley. About the only regular playing his usual position is first baseman Derrek Lee.

For most of the Cubs' regulars, it's a day of rest against Giants starter Tim Lincecum, the reigning National League Cy Young Award winner.

''Look, it's tough to sit anybody, but the fact remains that nobody is going to play 162 ballgames,'' Piniella said. ''I said that we were going to rest people coming out of spring training, and we've done a pretty good job of it so far.''

Here is Piniella's lineup, which features the starting debuts of Joey Gathright and Bobby Scales.

1. Joey Gathright, center fielder
2. Aaron Miles, shortstop
3. Kosuke Fukudome, right field
4. Derrek Lee, first base
5. Micah Hoffpauir, left field
6. Mike Fontenot, third base
7. Bobby Scales, second base
8. Koyie Hill, catcher
9. Sean Marshall, pitcher

Oh, and Piniella added that late-inning relievers Carlos Marmol and Kevin Gregg will not be available today because of their recent heavy workloads.

Piniella insists everyone is healthy, including Bradley, who took a pitch off his big toe Monday night. Ramirez was getting a breather on a day game after a night game considering he was just returning to the lineup after a lengthy layoff.

''Listen, they're all available to play,'' Piniella said. The only two people that have played every day here have been Theriot and Soriano.''

Theriot has been sizzling, starting the homestand with a .381 average (8-for-21) with three home runs, a triple, eight RBI nd four runs. He also stole three bases in that stretch.

''Theriot is not going to play 162 games -- let's forget that,'' Piniella said. ''Is it tough? It's tough not playing Bradley, it's tough not playing Theriot, it's tough not playing Soriano and Soto and Ramirez, but what are you going to do? You have to pick some time, and today we chose to pick some time.''

Imagine being in the shoes of Cubs starter Sean Marshall today.

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