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Padres' Black says keep Wrigley as is

(MCT) Not everyone is in love with the idea of a shiny, new Wrigley Field.

Padres manager Bud Black said Thursday he will miss the special "aura" of the cramped visitors' clubhouse at Wrigley, the smallest in the majors.

"I sort of like the clubhouse, because it's different than what we're used to now," Black said. "I sort of like the coziness of it. And actually, the clubhouse staff do a really good job of taking care of everyone who uses the clubhouse.

"When you come to this park, all of its nuances are its charm. I like the walkway (from the clubhouse to the field). I like the eight turns. I like how it smells, which isn't very good, but I like it. I do."

Vanilla Ice: Cubs manager Dale Sveum tinkered with his lineup against lefties Thursday, inserting Starlin Castro into the No. 5 hole behind Alfonso Soriano and moving Cody Ransom up to the second spot.

Sveum had said last week he was not considering moving Castro into a run-producing spot. But he apparently changed his mind to get Ransom into the two-hole.

"It's an RBI spot (for Castro), so you hope those things happen," he said. "You have to be a little creative sometimes with the lineup. You just can't be so vanilla. If somebody is really hot and they're hitting home runs all the time off left-handers, you want to make sure he gets three at-bats off that left-handed starter."

Castro went 1-for-4, while Ransom was 0-for-3.

Garza watch: Matt Garza said he experienced normal soreness after his first minor league rehab outing Wednesday at Double-A Tennessee.

"I'm glad to be back, sort of," he said.

Garza will head to Triple-A Iowa for his next start, and will have one or two more after that. Garza pitched in constant drizzle on Wednesday. Previously he had a start for Class-A Kane County canceled because of cold, inclement weather.

"Seriously, I had like a black cloud following me from city to city," he said, laughing. "It was pretty bad weather, but I said there's nothing that's going to stop me from throwing."

Extra innings: Travis Wood had his first career stolen base when he took second in the sixth inning. ... Cubs third basemen led the majors in combined home runs Thursday with seven _ five from Luis Valbuena and two from Ransom, who has a third as a pinch-hitter.

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