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Marmol officially demoted from Cubs' closer role


CHICAGO – Cubs manager Dale Sveum officially announced Friday that reliever Carlos Marmol will no longer be the closer after another meltdown in Thursday's extra-inning loss at Cincinnati.

Right-hander Rafael Dolis and left-hander James Russell will be used in save situations based on matchups, Sveum said. Marmol will not have a defined role in the bullpen, though could return to the closer role if he corrects his issues.

Cubs starting pitcher Paul Maholm (2-2, 6.20 ERA) is searching for his third straight win today against the Dodgers. In his last two outings, both wins, Maholm posted a 1.50 ERA. Right-hander Chad Billingsley (2-1, 2.64) takes the mound for the Dodgers.

Bryan LaHair, batting fourth, has reached base safely in 21 straight game, the first Cubs first baseman to do so since Derrek Lee's 21-game streak July 31-Aug. 22, 2009. LaHair's team-high seven home runs leads all major league first basemen ahead of Baltimore's Chris Davis, Kansas City's Eric Hosmer and the White Sox's Pau

Dodgers starting lineup

1. Dee Gordon, SS
2. Mark Ellis, 2B
3. Matt Kemp, CF
4. Andre Either, RF
5. Juan Rivera, LF
6. James Loney, 1B
7. Jerry Hairston, 3B
8. A.J. Ellis, C
9. Chad Billingsley, P

Cubs starting lineup

1. David DeJesus, RF
2. Tony Campana, CF
3. Starlin Castro, SS
4. Bryan LaHair, 1B
5. Alfonso Soriano, LF
6. Ian Stewart, 3B
7. Darwin Barney, 2B
8. Geovany Soto, C
9. Paul Maholm, P

-- Meghan Montemurro


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