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Cubs meet; Piniella huddles with executives

May 31, 2007

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— The Chicago Cubs held a lengthy players-only meeting Wednesday, one day after a mistake-filled loss to the Florida Marlins that manager Lou Piniella said "might be our worst game of the year."

Piniella and team executives held a long meeting of their own before Wednesday night's game against Florida.

"Everybody's on the same page," Piniella said. "It has been a little bit frustrating. But everybody's on the same page and we just go forward."

Going forward may mean settling on a lineup. The Cubs have platoons in center and right field and at shortstop.

"I've tried my darnedest to play everybody," Piniella said. "It's getting to the point where we're going to have to get really set. I can't do it at every position. ... But just play the people who are getting the job done the best."

The Cubs had lost seven of nine and were third in the NL Central at 22-28 after Tuesday's 9-4 defeat - certainly not the start they expected after hiring Piniella and committing about $300 million to lure and retain players in the offseason.

They're showing the same fundamental breakdowns that plagued them the past few years under former manager Dusty Baker.

Piniella said the idea for the meeting was Derrek Lee's and that the session with management was just something they hold "about once a month."

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