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Despite a 1-for-7 yesterday in Estrellas' 16-inning victory, Cubs shortstop Junior Lake continues to lead
the Dominican Winter League in batting. His average dropped to .345 in 26 games. Lake figures to move from Double-A Tennessee to Triple-A Iowa next season, unless the Cubs use him as a trade chip or do something truly radical, like swapping Starlin Castro to the Diamondbacks for Justin Upton and giving Lake a shot to win the shortstop's job. Luis Valbuena is also having himself a strong winter. A third baseman for the Cubs last season, he's playing second for Lara in Venezuela, and ranks second in the league with a .441 on-base percentage. He has 17 walks against 15 strikeouts.