GOODYEAR, Ariz. – Alfonso Soriano hit his sixth homer, a two-run shot, and had three RBIs Sunday in the Cubs’ 6-2 victory against the Cleveland Indians on Sunday.
The Cubs got 13 hits and were helped by four Cleveland errors – three within a span of two batters in a three-run seventh against reliever Rafael Perez, who yielded Soriano’s homer.
Cubs manager Dale Sveum said Soriano is the closest to being assured of a steady lineup spot.
“Nothing is etched in stone except Soriano is going to be 3, 4 or 5,” Sveum said.
“I’ve probably lost more sleep over our batting order than anything. It’s just one of those things,” Sveum said. “It’s probably going to be four days from now where we just sit down and say, ‘All right, this is what it’s going to be on Opening Day.’ ”
Sveum said second baseman Darwin Barney, hitting .379 with a .406 on-base percentage, might bat leadoff in place of David DeJesus, who is hitting only .195 with a .298 OBP.
Cubs starter Rodrigo Lopez gave up two runs, two hits and two walks in the first. He worked 41⁄3 innings, walking three.
Notes: Cubs CF Joe Mather had two doubles and is hitting .432. He robbed Asdrubal Cabrera of extra bases with a nice catch near the warning track. ... Cubs RHPs Blake Parker, Frankie De La Cruz and Alberto Cabrera each pitched one hitless inning