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As the Winds Blow

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Manager Dale Sveum has learned not to try to second-guess the weather conditions at Wrigley Field, where things can change hour to hour, not just day to day.
``You can't set a lineup according to it,'' he said, noting how some teams can build teams to suit their field's playing conditions. ``it's difficult to build a team around the predictability of the wind here.
``I've come to find out you don't do anything with the lineup,'' he said. ``It just doesn't work out. The bottom line is to have a lineup that keeps the line moving [batter to batter.]''
But Sveum said the wind can effect how pitchers are used.
``Sometimes you'll think about who can keep the ball on the ground, but for the most part you have your guys who are going to come in [at points of the game.]''
A starting pitcher who is victimized by wind-blown homers might stay in a game longer if he is otherwise throwing well, he added.

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