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Castro looks to play in 162 games

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Second baseman Darwin Barney won't be the only half of the Cubs double play duo setting a record this season.
While Barney matched the record of 141 straight errorless games by a second baseman in one season, Castro is headed for the honor of being the first player in franchise history to play in all 162 games of a season at shortstop.
Castro played in game 160 on Monday, tying the single season mark held by Ivan DeJesus in 1978 and 1979. It was also his 159th start at the position--he didn't start one game but entered as a defensive replacement--also setting a new single season record surpassing DeJesus (1978) and Don Kessinger (1968), who each started in 158 games at shortstop.
``There's no reason to rest anyone now,'' manager Dale Sveum said. ``At this point, you get your rest in the winter.
``Playing in 162 games isn't something you see often,'' he added.
Castro on Tuesday will become the first Cubs infielder to make 161 starts since first baseman Bill Buckner in 1982. The last Cubs infielder to play in all 162 games of a season was Hall of Famer Ron Santo, who did it in 1968.
Castro will be one of only four major leaguers to play 162 games at shortstop in the last 10 seasons, joining Baltimore's Miguel Tejada (2003 and 2004), Montreal's Orlando Cabrera (2003) and Philadelphia's Jimmy Rollins (2007.)
According to Elias, Inc., he also has the longest active streak of consecutive games in the National League at 194 and the second longest in baseball behind Detroit's Prince Fielder, who had 340 consecutive games before Monday.
Castro also leads major league shortstops with 26 errors, but he is the only player in the majors with at least 10 home runs, 10 triples, 25 stolen bases and 75 RBI.

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