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Piniella to ride hot hand at leadoff spot

Piniella to ride hot hand at leadoff spot

CHICAGO -- The Cubs have tried four different players in the leadoff spot this season, but don't have one guy to turn to.

"In a true sense, [do we have] somebody who's going to steal 40 bases? No," Cubs manager Lou Piniella said. "Somebody who should be able to swing the bat with consistency and have a decent on-base percentage -- we should have that, yes."

So far, Ryan Theriot has led off the most, doing so in 48 games. Kosuke Fukudome was at the top of the order Tuesday for the 22nd time this season, while Marlon Byrd has led off five times and Tyler Colvin twice.

"Whoever's hot, whatever the matchups look like," Piniella said about how he picks the leadoff man.

And if he can't make up his mind?

"If I'm undecided, I'll ask [bench coach Alan Trammell] what he thinks," Piniella said.

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