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April 28, 2012 | By Steve Dilbeck
If not Dee Gordon, then who? If not now, then when? Gordon is struggling to hit and to get on base, and that's a bad combo when you're the leadoff hitter. He's currently batting .224 with a miserable .268 on-base percentage. It's still only April, but it's hardly something the Dodgers can sustain indefinitely. Gordon is having particular trouble against left-handers (.120, .154). In all 19 games he's started, he' batted leadoff. So is Manager Don Mattingly even thinking of moving Gordon out of the leadoff spot?
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April 25, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
Carl Crawford batted sixth Friday in the Dodgers' 5-4, 11-inning loss to the Colorado Rockies, a move that Manager Don Mattingly insisted wasn't a demotion. Rather, the change was explained as an endorsement of Dee Gordon, who moved into the leadoff position. "It seems like that's the place where Dee is the freest," Mattingly said. BOX SCORE: Colorado 5, Dodgers 4 (11 innings) Two years after a failed experiment to make him the Dodgers' everyday shortstop, Gordon is flourishing as their primary second baseman.
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April 16, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
A frustrating 10-9, 11-inning loss to the Oakland Athletics grew even more painful for the Angels on Tuesday night when they lost Kole Calhoun to a right ankle sprain, an injury that will send their starting right fielder and leadoff hitter to the disabled list. Calhoun was just starting to heat up at the plate with three consecutive multi-hit games, raising his average from .178 to .250. Tuesday night, he singled and scored in the first inning, hit a two-run homer to right field in the fourth and doubled ahead of Mike Trout's score-tying two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth.
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April 16, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
A frustrating 10-9, 11-inning loss to the Oakland Athletics grew even more painful for the Angels on Tuesday night when they lost Kole Calhoun to a right ankle sprain, an injury that will send their starting right fielder and leadoff hitter to the disabled list. Calhoun was just starting to heat up at the plate with three consecutive multi-hit games, raising his average from .178 to .250. Tuesday night, he singled and scored in the first inning, hit a two-run homer to right field in the fourth and doubled ahead of Mike Trout's score-tying two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth.
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February 27, 2013 | By Bill Shaikin
TEMPE, Ariz. -- Mike Trout will lead off for the Angels this season, but not for his entire career. That was the word Wednesday from Angels Manager Mike Scioscia, whose lineup this year will feature Albert Pujols hitting third and Josh Hamilton hitting fourth. Trout, as he did when he won the American League rookie of the year award last season, will lead off. "Long range, he's probably better suited to hit second, third or fourth," Scioscia said. "Right now, there's no doubt he's part of an elite group of leadoff men. " Trout hit 30 home runs and stole 49 bases last season, numbers that reflect a rare high-caliber blend of power and speed.
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March 20, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
SYDNEY, Australia -- With left-hander Wade Miley pitching for the Arizona Diamondbacks on opening day, Justin Turner will start in place of Dee Gordon at second base for the Dodgers on Saturday at Sydney Cricket Ground. Turner bats right-handed and Gordon left-handed. Right fielder Yasiel Puig will bat leadoff, according to Manager Don Mattingly. Puig will be followed, in order, by Turner, shortstop Hanley Ramirez, Gonzalez, left fielder Scott Van Slyke, third baseman Juan Uribe, center fielder Andre Ethier, catcher A.J. Ellis and pitcher Clayton Kershaw.
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Tom Lasorda is working out just fine as a third base coach. Now what the Dodgers really need is a good manager. HAROLD BLOOMBERG Thousand Palms
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April 11, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
Mike Scioscia insisted Thursday that his decision to move Mike Trout from leadoff to the second spot was part of a broader plan for Trout to migrate toward the middle of the order and not a panic move in reaction to the team's 2-6 start. But the fact that the Angels hit .120 (nine for 75) with runners in scoring position in the first eight games certainly expedited the move. Alberto Callaspo (.336 career on-base percentage) hit first Thursday, though Scioscia said the speedier Erick Aybar will lead off when he returns from a left heel injury.
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April 28, 2012 | By Dylan Hernandez and Bill Shaikin
Dee Gordon can't get on base these days, but Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly has no intention of removing him from the leadoff spot. The Dodgers' second-year shortstop went into Saturday batting .224. His on-base percentage was only .268. Gordon was two for 13 in his last three games and hadn't drawn a walk in any of his last six games. Of the possibility of dropping Gordon in the order, Mattingly said, "I could think about it, but then I have to find a guy who can lead of. At this point, I don't feel I need to do a whole lot different.
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March 8, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
TEMPE, Ariz. --  Kole Calhoun is having a little identity crisis. "I've kind of had these weird baseball personalities," the Angels right fielder said. "Am I a leadoff guy? A power guy? A guy who steals bases? I don't know. I just want to play, and you can define what it is that I do. " The Angels want Calhoun to bat leadoff, but they don't need him to be Rickey Henderson . They'd gladly take Calhoun's final two months of 2013, when he was called up from triple A in late July and hit .282 with a .347 on-base percentage, a .462 slugging percentage, eight home runs and 32 runs batted in. "With some of the adjustments he's made with his swing and approach, he's really become a tough out," Manager Mike Scioscia said.
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April 9, 2014 | By Bill Shaikin
KEY MOMENT: Yasiel Puig had not played since spraining a thumb on a headfirst dive Saturday. But, as the Dodgers loaded the bases with none out in the ninth inning, there was Puig, headed to the on-deck circle and then the plate, as Dodger Stadium went nuts. Puig struck out looking, but the Dodgers scored three runs off Detroit closer Joe Nathan to force extra innings. AT THE PLATE: Carl Crawford had a pair of doubles, Juan Uribe had three singles, and Dee Gordon had two singles.
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March 20, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
SYDNEY, Australia -- With left-hander Wade Miley pitching for the Arizona Diamondbacks on opening day, Justin Turner will start in place of Dee Gordon at second base for the Dodgers on Saturday at Sydney Cricket Ground. Turner bats right-handed and Gordon left-handed. Right fielder Yasiel Puig will bat leadoff, according to Manager Don Mattingly. Puig will be followed, in order, by Turner, shortstop Hanley Ramirez, Gonzalez, left fielder Scott Van Slyke, third baseman Juan Uribe, center fielder Andre Ethier, catcher A.J. Ellis and pitcher Clayton Kershaw.
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March 8, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
TEMPE, Ariz. --  Kole Calhoun is having a little identity crisis. "I've kind of had these weird baseball personalities," the Angels right fielder said. "Am I a leadoff guy? A power guy? A guy who steals bases? I don't know. I just want to play, and you can define what it is that I do. " The Angels want Calhoun to bat leadoff, but they don't need him to be Rickey Henderson . They'd gladly take Calhoun's final two months of 2013, when he was called up from triple A in late July and hit .282 with a .347 on-base percentage, a .462 slugging percentage, eight home runs and 32 runs batted in. "With some of the adjustments he's made with his swing and approach, he's really become a tough out," Manager Mike Scioscia said.
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October 17, 2013 | Paul Sullivan
Tigers Manager Jim Leyland had a big announcement to make before Game 4 of the American League Championship Series on Wednesday, and he even prefaced it as such. "Huge lineup change," Leyland said, before adding: "Really, I don't know if it's huge or not. " Whether it was the new lineup or the inefficiency of Red Sox starter Jake Peavy is debatable, but the revamped Tigers scored more runs in the first four innings than they did in the last three games in a 7-3 victory. The Tigers evened the series at two games apiece, and Anibal Sanchez, who threw six hitless innings in Game 1, faces Jon Lester on Thursday in Game 5. "I don't want to sound like this [lineup switch]
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October 10, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter
ST. LOUIS - Matt Carpenter has heard the names and seen the comparisons. His regular season this year was the best by a Cardinals second baseman since Rogers Hornsby in 1925. With 69 runs batted in he is the team's most productive leadoff hitter since Lou Brock. And his 55 doubles broke Stan Musial's franchise record for a left-handed hitter. St. Louis has become caught up in that trip down memory lane, but Carpenter has politely excused himself from making the journey himself.
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June 29, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
HOUSTON - The last time reserve catcher Hank Conger spoke to reporters in Minute Maid Park it was after his worst game of the season, a three-error night in a 7-6 loss to the Houston Astros. It was a different story Friday. Conger, who played sporadically in April and May, started for the second straight game, the combination of Chris Iannetta's struggles and Conger's improved play leading to more opportunity for the backup. After Conger threw out two runners attempting to steal and sparked an eighth-inning rally with a leadoff double in a 4-2 victory over the Astros, his playing time could increase considerably.
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May 2, 2012 | By Eric Sondheimer
Turning heads is what 20-year-old outfielder Mike Trout has done in the minor leagues. Now he's trying to make an impact with the Angels, and those who saw his tremendous burst of speed on a bunt single Tuesday against Minnesota got a glimpse at one of his strengths. "That's as good as it gets," Manager Mike Scioscia said. "I've seen guys who can fly. He's in a class that's as fast as I've ever seen. " Trout was clocked running from home to first in 3.53 seconds by third base coach Dino Ebel . "I was just doing my thing," Trout said.
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April 5, 2012 | By Mike DiGiovanna
Like a pitcher who might use spring training to test-drive a new pitch — and often get roughed up in the process — center fielder Peter Bourjos tried a little experiment in Arizona. The speedy 25-year-old, in an effort to develop into the leadoff hitter he and the Angels envision, forced himself to be more patient at the plate, to take more pitches and go deeper in counts. Bourjos' .311 spring average (19 for 61) and .394 on-base percentage in 23 games would indicate his patience was a virtue.
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April 11, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
Mike Scioscia insisted Thursday that his decision to move Mike Trout from leadoff to the second spot was part of a broader plan for Trout to migrate toward the middle of the order and not a panic move in reaction to the team's 2-6 start. But the fact that the Angels hit .120 (nine for 75) with runners in scoring position in the first eight games certainly expedited the move. Alberto Callaspo (.336 career on-base percentage) hit first Thursday, though Scioscia said the speedier Erick Aybar will lead off when he returns from a left heel injury.
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