The big-league player-development process the Cubs are undergoing is also a learning process for 12-year veteran Alfonso Soriano.

''Sometimes I just feel like I'm in the wrong lineup,'' said Soriano, who in six seasons with the Cubs has gone from megamillions free-agent leadoff man for a playoff team to the only player left from his first game with the Cubs in 2007.

And that was never more apparent than when he scanned the lineup before the Cubs opened a three-game series Monday against the Padres.