Chicago Sun-Times
with sports reporters Chris De Luca and Gordon Wittenmyer

Campana transforms Cubs lineup

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PHILADELPHIA -- Geovany Soto's back in the lineup tonight for the series finale against the Philadelphia after missing the last two games with some back tightness.

But more important for the Cubs, Tony Campana's back in the lineup, too.

Campana, who's been promised ``80 percent'' of the starts in center, has been the buzz of the clubhouse since becoming a buzz kill for opposing pitchers since getting recalled from Iowa a little over a week ago.

The fastest guy in the organization has been an impact ``bat'' during the Cubs' 4-2 surge over the past week.

During the first three games in Philly alone, he has five hits - three of them infield hits - and scored each time he reached base, stealing three bases along the way.

He started two of those games, both Cubs wins.

He bunted for the first hit of the game against Roy Halladay Friday and wound up scoring the first run of the game. Then scored the second run two innings later after leading off with an infield single. The Cubs won 5-1.

In Sunday's win, he led off the third and eighth with singles (including an infield hit), and the Cubs scored three in those two innings - including Campana on a sacrifice fly/popup to shallow right.

The only game he didn't start in Philly - Saturday's 5-2 loss -he came off the bench to lead off the eighth, singled, went to second on a wild pitch and eventually scored on a fielder's choice.

``Tony's been an amazing spark to our lineup,'' said Joe Mather.

How amazing?

The Cubs are 3-2 when Campana starts - same as when Matt Garza does.

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