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Synonyms for leadoff

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

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Ellsbury is batting leadoff for the Yankees this year, however, and Farrell doesn't plan to replace him with the same player atop the batting order every game.
Trailing 3-0 in the seventh, the Puerto Ricans wasted a golden opportunity from a leadoff single and a walk against Octavio Dotel, but Pedro Strop took the mound and took care of business.
Peterson, a shortstop who tied for the league lead with his 20th stolen base, is a prototypical leadoff hitter who leads the team with 33 walks and raised his on-base percentage to .
Garciaparra last batted leadoff for two games in 2002 and hasn't been a regular leadoff man since the start of the 1998 season.
The 1964 - 1979 inductees include first baseman and top leadoff hitter, Jimmy McCardle; second baseman and longtime Chicago Park District softball organizer, Buddy Haines; and Tom O'Malley, who played for five-plus decades and together with two other Hall of Famers formed one of the best outfields of their time.
The right-hander, who won his first two starts of the season before going 0-2 the last four, was gone after allowing a leadoff single to Middlebrooks in the seventh.
The leadoff man reached on an error by Tejada before Alex Rios popped out, Carlos Rivera was called out on strikes and Figueroa went down swinging.
Drew Heid then greeted Housey, who started the sixth in relief of Thornton, with a leadoff triple, and Heid scored one out later on Mark Castellitto's single for a 2-2 tie.
Now it's Figgins' turn, but he has no guarantees on how long he can keep the leadoff role.
Crisp joined the Red Sox in February 2006 replacing Johnny Damon as leadoff hitter and centerfielder.
Crespi (2 for 5) recorded Worcester's first hit of the game, a leadoff liner over the head of second baseman Danny Bomback in the fourth.
Following Thursday's 3-0 loss to Florida, in which Furcal rested and Pierre batted leadoff for the first time since Furcal came off the disabled list on April 13, it might be time.
I told (Casey) I'd be good in the leadoff spot,' Barney said.
Tornadoes closer Anthony Sullivan came on with the Tornadoes up, 4-3, but gave up a leadoff triple to Mike DeJesus, who scored on Timo Perez's sacrifice fly to center that tied the game.
Three days after saying he didn't want career leadoff man Juan Pierre to change his approach despite the fact he was being dropped to second in the batting order behind Rafael Furcal, Dodgers manager Grady Little said before Sunday's spring-training workout that he has asked Pierre to be more patient at the plate.