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For first time ever, Jason Bay is a leadoff man

Apr 26, 2013, 6:29 PM EDT

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Facing a lefty in Anaheim’s C.J. Wilson on Friday, the Mariners have Jason Bay leading off for the first time in his career.

With Franklin Gutierrez sidelined, Endy Chavez had been leading off for the Mariners of late, but he’s only an option there against righties. Bay, who is hitting .220 overall, is 4-for-14 with a couple of walks against left-handed pitchers, giving him a .375 OBP in those matchups.

The only other spot in which Bay had never hit was ninth. He’s spent the bulk of his career batting third, fourth and fifth. He has hit second eight times with poor results; he’s 3-for-30 with 12 strikeouts and one walk from that spot.

Bay’s appearance in the leadoff spot comes in his 1,179th major league start.

  1. tartan1 - Apr 26, 2013 at 9:14 PM

    Bay came in 1 out into the first inning of a home game on April 10 this year for Michael Saunders hitting leadoff in the bottom of the first. Saunders injured himself running into the wall on a Jose Altuve fly ball.

    I suppose it was only a matter of time he started a game hitting leadoff, once that happened.

  2. jcmeyer10 - Apr 26, 2013 at 9:32 PM

    Sox fan rooting for Jason Bay. Seemed like a decent guy and wishing him the best of luck.

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