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Synonyms for leadoff

of, relating to, or occurring at the start of something

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The men's squad were just outside the medals in their equivalent despite Tim Benjamin handing over in first place after the lead-off leg.
Red Sox first baseman Adrian Gonzalez dropped a fly ball in foul territory and lead-off hitter Rickie Weeks capitalized on his good fortune to drive the next pitch from starter Jon Lester over the high "Green Monster" wall in left field.
In the first, Royals lead-off batter Johnny Damon reached second on a base hit after right fielder Tim Salmon mishandled the ball.
The most noticeable improvement with 133MHz 2-2-2 SDRAMs over 133MHz 3-3-3 SDRAMs is the lead-off latency.
Wade Boggs drew a lead-off walk, advanced on Paul O'Neill's double and scored on Cecil Fielder's groundout.
Newbury Park also has a number of good hitters, led by lead-off batter Lauren Hulbert, who plays first base.