Throughout Grapefruit League action, Alex Presley got the majority of the starts batting leadoff. Jose Tabata followed in the two spot. The trend continued into the regular season with Presley hitting first for the first three games. But on game four of the season, Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle decided to switch the lineup up, inserting Tabata into the leadoff spot, allowing Presley to hit second.
Hurdle said he will pick and choose matchups throughout the season, with both getting the opportunity to bat leadoff.
"Just a different look," Hurdle said. "Both of them have led off for us. Both of them have done well. We looked at this a few times during spring training...I think it’s something we have the opportunity to do more of if we need to, if it works, if it feels good."
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