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Slumping OF Craig Monroe back in a pennant race; Tigers trade him to Cubs

td.yspwidearticlebody { font-size: 13.5px; }By JOSH DUBOW, AP Sports Writer

August 23, 2007

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Craig Monroe quickly found himself back in a pennant race Thursday when the Detroit Tigers traded the slumping outfielder and cash to the Chicago Cubs for a player to be named.

Despite hitting only .222 before Detroit designated him for assignment last Friday, Monroe was productive against left-handed pitching. That's how Cubs manager Lou Piniella plans to use him.

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b?P=2ei.oUWTeB.p3QDLRg6JIBLxxi0SHEbOFBcACo40&T=13vfs1qeg%2fX%3d1187910679%2fE%3d95861673%2fR%3dsports%2fK%3d5%2fV%3d2.1%2fW%3dH%2fY%3dYAHOO%2fF%3d648834528%2fQ%3d-1%2fS%3d1%2fJ%3d11799345&U=13bp7kvo0%2fN%3dYDkOJdj8a4k-%2fC%3d571699.11238189.11793984.1806201%2fD%3dLREC%2fB%3d4518505"I think it gives us a good balance," Cubs general manager Jim Hendry said. "It was just one of those situations where you couldn't pass up a guy who has already been there and helped lead a club to the postseason. We've had our ups and downs against lefties. It gives Lou some options here that we didn't have before by just adding one good batter against left-handed pitching." Monroe is hitting. 302 with five homers and 22 RBIs in 102 at-bats against lefties. The NL Central-leading Cubs are just 12-19 against lefties and are batting 20 points lower as a team than against right-handers. Monroe is versatile, too, having played

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