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Synonyms for leadoff

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

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But Little also made it clear in announcing that Furcal would lead off that Pierre will be more a second leadoff man than a prototypical No.
Sanchez's bunting prowess almost obscures that he had only two walks through the first two months of the 2004 season, a stunningly low total for a leadoff hitter.
The Angels' Chone Figgins has taken his move from the leadoff spot to the No.
In other words, two leadoff men are better than one.
Newly acquired center fielder may or may not hit leadoff for Dodgers this year.
1 -- 2) Center fielder Juan Pierre, left, and shortstop Rafael Furcal both will get a chance to bat leadoff during spring training.
Pierre's speed makes him a logical leadoff hitter, but his OBP and the fact he walked just 32 times in 750 plate appearances make him anything but a perfect one.
If 29-year-old Juan Pierre is somehow worth five years and $44 million to the Dodgers as their new leadoff man and center fielder, why is this his fourth employer since 2000?
General manager Ned Colletti said that decision would be left to manager Grady Little, in a nod to the fact that the Dodgers already have a veteran leadoff hitter in Rafael Furcal.
He retired the Mets in order in the first inning, then gave up a leadoff single to Carlos Delgado -- who at that point was 5 for 6 in the series -- in the second.
He drove in his 53rd run, which already is the most by a Dodgers' leadoff man since Davey Lopes plated 73 in 1979.
Despite getting two hits, including the game-winner in the bottom of the sixth inning in the Angels' 8-4 victory over Baltimore, Figgins learned before the game that he lost his leadoff spot in the batting order to Maicer Izturis.
His sinker was working really well,'' said Dodgers leadoff man Rafael Furcal, who went 0 for 3 with two strikeouts against Peavy.
Maddux then retired the next six batters he faced, but ran into more trouble in the fourth after a leadoff single and stolen base by Holliday, whom Hawpe moved to third with a grounder to the right side.
321 on-base percentage ranks last in the majors among leadoff hitters.