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Cox still looking for right leadoff man

Cox still looking for right leadoff man

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ATLANTA -- Still trying to get someone going at the top of the order, manager Bobby Cox put center fielder Nate McLouth back in the leadoff spot as the Braves opened their three-game weekend series against the Rockies on Friday night.

With Matt Diaz going 0-for-9 in the last two games at San Diego, Atlanta leadoff hitters fell to 2-for-38 on the season, and six walks barely got the team's on-base percentage from that spot over .200.

Melky Cabrera held the leadoff spot for six of the first seven games until Diaz got his chance against the Padres. Cabrera, 2-for-26 batting first and hitless in his past 15 at-bats, played left field against the Rockies, but was dropped to seventh in the order.

McLouth was 0-for-3 with two walks last Saturday at San Francisco in his only other time in the leadoff spot this season. He snapped an 0-for-12 streak with a single Thursday while hitting eighth.

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