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FIRST TO THIRD: Clevenger starts at third for Cubs

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Catcher Steve Clevenger came up as a middle infielder and played some games at third in spring training, so was ready for his first major league start at third on Friday.
``I take ground balls at third every day. I feel very comfortable there,'' he said. ``It's just getting the repetitions and comfort level. It's a reaction position at third--catch it and throw it.
``I thought it would take a little longer than the 10th game [to get a start],'' he added smiling. ``I always keep my infield gloves broken in.''
Manager Dale Sveum put Clevenger at third to add another lefthanded bat to the lineup against Giants righthander Matt Cain, moving Luis Valbuena--also a lefty--to second.
``[Clevenger] is going to be here, so he has to play,'' Sveum said. ``It's about time to get him in the lineup and see what happens.''

Darwin Barney heads to Class AAA Iowa today to begin a short rehab after suffering a deep knee cut on the last day of spring training.
``I'm looking forward to getting back out there, seeing some pitches. I feel ready now, but it's just a matter of getting that first slide out of the way.]
The Cubs let Barney decide where to play, but instead of Class A Daytona or Class AA Tennessee, he opted for Iowa ``because I decided it's going to be cold here'' when he returns Tuesday.
Also expected to begin a rehab assignment shortly is third baseman Ian Stewart, who is still at extended spring after suffering a strained left quad.

Barney received his Gold Glove in ceremonies before Friday's game.
``It's good to actually see it,'' he said. ``It's exciting.
``But last year is over and done. My focus is on now and getting ready to play Tuesday.''
Sveum said the ceremony was good for other players to see.
``It's one of those trophies that go unnoticed sometimes. It's nice for everyone to see it, as well as some other players to see how nice that trophy is.''

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