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Jones in batting funk

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CHICAGO — In the fourth inning Monday, Garrett Jones was thrown out trying to stretch a leadoff single into a double. It figures. Jones has been in a funk much of the second half of the season. Over the previous 29 games, he went 14 for 107 (.131).

“When he’s not feeling right at the plate, he tries to do too much mentally to get himself right,” manager John Russell said. “He’s still a little bit streaky. We’ve got to get him to where he’s more consistent.”

Jones went 2 for 4 last night, although he went 0 for 2 with runners in scoring position. Despite his recent slump, Jones is on track to finish with 24 homers and 88 RBI.

“People forget this is his first full year in the big leagues,” Russell said. “He’s still going through a lot of the adjustments that a 24-year-old goes through, even though he’s 29.”

Lineups for tonight’s game:

Pirates (43-87) – 1. Andrew McCutchen 8, 2. Jose Tabata lf, 3. Neil Walker 2b, 4. Garrett Jones 1b, 5. Pedro Alvarez 3b, 6. Ryan Doumit rf, 7. Ronny Cedeno ss, 8. Chris Snyder c, 9. Jeff Karstens (2-10, 4.98) rhp

Cubs (56-76) – 1. Blake DeWitt 2b, 2. Starlin Castro ss, 3. Marlon Byrd cf, 4. Aramis Ramirez 3b, 5. Xavier Nady 1b, 6. Alfonso Soriano lf, 7. Tyler Colvin rf, 8. Koyie Hill c, 9. Ryan Dempster (12-8, 3.42) rhp

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