Collins Rewards Tejada’s Hot Bat With Lead-Off Spot

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Ruben Tejada batted lead-off for the first time this season on Tuesday night, but as Adam Rubin of ESPN NY writes, it was actually his 100th career start atop the lineup.

Terry Collins replaced Matt den Dekker atop the order with Tejada, because over the past few weeks, the shortstop has been wielding a hot bat.

“We put Ruben there today because he’s been doing a great job getting on base in the last 10 games,” said Collins, adding that Tejada has cut down on his fly balls. “We thought since that’s the case, let’s just see if it works, because in the past he’s led off and gotten on base and we’ve been successful. So we’re going to try it again.

In his first at bat, Tejada hit a deep drive that died at the left field wall for an out, and would finish the game 1 for 3, with a run scored, a walk and a double.

In his last twelve games including Tuesday night, Tejada is batting 341 (14-for-41) with two home runs, six RBIs, and eight walks.



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