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Braves | Andrelton Simmons to lead off

Atlanta Braves SS Andrelton Simmons is expected to hit leadoff this season now that OF Michael Bourn is no longer on the team. Simmons had 106 at-bats in the eighth spot and 41 at-bats while hitting seventh last year. However, he has extensive experience hitting leadoff in the minors, and he said it's not that big of a difference. "I don't have to be more aggressive now, and that's going to be good for me," he said., "Sometimes in the eight-hole, you don't want the pitcher to hit with two outs and the runner on second…. I think it's going to be better. And there will be a bunch of guys hitting behind me who are really good."

2013-02-13 14:41:36 | Source: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution - David O'Brien

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