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Monday, March 15, 2010
Theriot likely to lead off

ESPNChicago.com

Chicago Cubs manager Lou Piniella said Monday he is "80 percent certain" that shortstop Ryan Theriot will lead off this season.

Theriot has been sharing the lead-off duties with right fielder Kosuke Fukudome this spring. Theriot is batting .588 going into Monday's game against the Colorado Rockies, while Fukudome is at .294 in 17 at-bats.

In 173 at-bats in the lead-off position last season, Theriot batted .283 with a .354 on-base percentage.

With Theriot leading off, Fukudome will bat second, according to Piniella.