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Why Cubs manager compares Castro to Jeter

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ANAHEIM - The longest slump Starlin Castro can remember having in his career has the Cubs' All-Star shortstop batting seventh in the two-game series against the Los Angeles Angels.

Manager Dale Sveum, who admits a lot of the video and cage work the staff is doing with Castro could be getting in his head, told the shortstop it's not a long-term move and isn't about putting him on notice or suggesting he'll suddenly be trade bait next month.

"Just a way of hopefully letting him kick back and relax in another spot and see what happens," Sveum said.

Castro is 10 for his last 61 (.164) over the last two weeks. His average has sunk from .291 to .258 entering Tuesday night's game against the Angels.

"It's tough, because this is long enough," he said. "I've never [slumped] longer than this. Good things aren't happening now, but I know it's coming.

"Let's see what happens," he said. "Four months left? I think that changes."

Sveum, who'd like to see Castro scrap his leg kick but has learned to accept it, said the sometimes heated scrutiny Castro gets is just part of the territory that comes with his marquis position, market and big contract.

"Just like the Derek Jeters of the world," Sveum said of the Yankees great - who batted seventh or lower in 163 games in his career. "Those guys are going to be dissected. They're playing a prime spot in a big market, and it's a guy who's had a lot of success very early in his career. It's a good thing they've put themselves in that position to be dissected."

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