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Cubs' Barney ruled out of opener

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Second baseman Darwin Barney will miss the Chicago Cubs' opener on Monday against the Pittsburgh Pirates after suffering a deep cut on his left knee.

Barney's knee was gashed Saturday during an exhibition game Saturday in Houston when he collided with a wall down the first-base line while chasing a foul ball. The wound required five stitches to close.

Brent Lillibridge is expected to start at second base in Barney's place on Monday.

Barney, 27, won a gold Glove last season and had a .254 batting average with seven home runs and 44 RBI.
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