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  1. The curious case of Chone Figgins

    Mark Saxon

    Over a six-year stretch ending in 2009, Chone Figgins -- who will be competing for a bench job on the Dodgers this spring -- was one of the best leadoff hitters and most versatile players in baseball. He averaged 632 plate appearances while playin...

    Blog | January 23, 2014
  2. Peter Bourjos feels the squeeze

    Mark Saxon

    ANAHEIM -- When the Angels promoted top prospect Mike Trout from Triple-A Salt Lake on Saturday, it seemed like a good idea. The Angels' offense was stuck in a miserable hitting funk, had gotten little production from its leadoff hitters and Trout...

    Blog | May 01, 2012
  3. Baseball's best regional rivalry hums along

    Mark Saxon

    ANAHEIM, Calif. -- It was a one-run lead in the bottom of the ninth inning and the leadoff hitter had just singled and stolen second base. In the box, with a hitter's count, stood Mike Trout, who - depending which numbers you favor -- profiles, rough...

    Blog | August 06, 2014
  4. The rationale for Yasiel Puig as leadoff hitter

    Mark Saxon

    GLENDALE, Ariz. - The Dodgers are trying to fit a square peg into a round hole and, given the circumstances, that seems like their only play. Yasiel Puig, a free swinger built like a middle linebacker, will be the team's leadoff hitter, at least t...

    Blog | February 25, 2014
  5. Mattingly shuffles deck a bit for Game 1

    Mark Saxon

    ATLANTA - There were a few changes to what had been the Los Angeles Dodgers' typical lineup for Game 1 of the NLDS. Slumping Yasiel Puig was given his second career start batting fifth after seven straight starts as the leadoff hitter and Carl Cra...

    Blog | October 03, 2013
  6. Carl Crawford of Los Angeles Dodgers put on DL due to hamstring

    Mark Saxon

    The Dodgers started top outfield prospect Yasiel Puig in right field and in the leadoff spot for Monday night's game against the San Diego Padres and put Carl Crawford, the team's everyday leadoff hitter, on the DL with a strained left hamstring.

    Story | Conversation | June 03, 2013
  7. Is leadoff spot the Achilles' heel?

    Mark Saxon

    About a month ago, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly left his home in Indiana to drop by the Dodgers' minicamp in Arizona. First, he diverted to Houston, where he started getting to know his new left fielder, Carl Crawford. Afterward, Mattingly told r...

    Blog | February 05, 2013
  8. Peter Bourjos hopes to become No. 1

    Mark Saxon

    In a way, adjusting to hitting ninth was harder for Peter Bourjos than it might be to become the Angels' leadoff hitter. Ever since high school, he had batted first. "It felt like they pitched me a little different, more breaking balls and stuff,"...

    Blog | February 28, 2012
  9. Angels vs. Rangers: leadoff men

    Mark Saxon

    This is part of an occasional series comparing the rosters of the defending AL champion Texas Rangers and the rebuilt Angels, who could have the hottest rivalry in the league this year. Neither team has the ideal leadoff hitter, but the Angels we...

    Blog | January 20, 2012
  10. Aybar searching for balance

    Mark Saxon

    When Erick Aybar was struggling to learn the nuances of being a leadoff hitter earlier this year, he went home with a DVD filled with his best at-bats from 2009. A year ago, he was batting in the bottom third of the Angels' order, but he was getti...

    Blog | July 16, 2010
  11. Are the Angels not as good as they thought they were?

    Mark Saxon

    You could tell Mike Scioscia liked his team this spring, because he used hyperbole and that's not usually his style. Yes, the Angels lost their icon player, Vladimir Guerrero, their leadoff hitter, Chone Figgins, their ace, John Lackey, and their onl...

    Blog | May 03, 2010
  12. Los Angeles Angels look for controlled aggressiveness from Erick ...

    Mark Saxon

    Can Erick Aybar adapt to the Los Angeles Angels' expectations for a leadoff hitter?

    Story | Conversation | March 17, 2010