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Regulars will “watch” the season finale: Sveum
The regulars are done playing for the Cubs this season, with manager Dale Sveum planning to sit all but shortstop Starlin Castro on the last day of the season Wednesday.
Castro will set a club record for playing in 162 games at shortstop in a season.
“I asked [Alfonso] Soriano if he would like to try for 110 RBI, and he said `that’s okay,’ ” Sveum said. Soriano will finish the season with his career-best 108.
The Cubs lost back-to-back 3-0 decisions Monday and Tuesday to the Houston Astros, but Sveum said pitcher Chris Volstad’s work Tuesday was a bright spot.
He worked seven innings allowing two runs, but only one earned–a solo home run by Jason Castro.
“It did feel good to finish that way,” said Volstad (3-12), who had 24 consecutive winless starts over the last two seasons. “Just being myself–I could have used a few more of those.
“It was definitely a tough year, but having a game like this to close it out feels a lot better. There were ups and downs, but I think I’ve learned more about myself and baseball this year than any other. I’ll take away the positives–to just be myself and don’t put too much pressure on yourself, and have fun.”