Extra bases

Extra bases

MILWAUKEE -- Keep an eye on Darwin Barney's stats, starting Friday. The Cubs second baseman started using Bryan LaHair's bats in that game against the Brewers and had two hits, including a triple.

LaHair said he hates to lend his bats because hitters instantly favor them. They're made of yellow birch, which is a very hard wood. Last year was the first season LaHair used them, and he belted 38 home runs at Triple-A Iowa, winning the Pacific Coast League Most Valuable Player Award.

Barney wasn't sure if it was the bat or the banana with peanut butter that he ate during Friday's 13-inning game that helped him with the triple in the seventh. That's what happens in extra innings.

"I was hungry," Barney said.