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Befuddling decision

With the way he's been hitting, why is Alfonso Soriano still leading off?

Updated: June 19, 2009, 12:42 PM ET
By Nick Friedell

Lou Piniella hinted after Wednesday's game that changes might be on the way, but Alfonso Soriano and his .225 average are back in the lineup today batting first.

Why Piniella won't give his left fielder a day off is beyond me. Soriano is 2-for-24 over his last six games and has seen his average drop almost 100 points over the last month. He is hurting the team much more than he's helping it at this point. To Soriano's credit, he stood by his locker after Wednesday's loss and answered ...

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