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M. Young to remain leadoff hitter -- for now

M. Young to remain leadoff hitter -- for now

M. Young to remain leadoff hitter -- for now

MINNEAPOLIS -- Phillies manager Charlie Manuel is sticking with Michael Young as his leadoff hitter -- for now.

The third baseman hit first on Tuesday against the Twins at Target Field. It was Young's fifth consecutive game as the Phillies' leadoff hitter. Young, who had an RBI single in the third inning of the 3-2 loss, entered the game hitting .276 with a .355 on-base percentage. His on-base percentage is best on the team and ranks 44th in baseball out of 164 qualifying players, while his .360 slugging percentage ranks 135th. Young also has grounded into 13 double plays, second in baseball.


"He's been getting some hits," Manuel said. "That's why I left him up there today."

Ideally, Young hits for more power and hits lower in the lineup.

"I think he'll hit streaks where he'll get some balls up in the air," Manuel said. "I've said that before. In Boston, he hit a ball off the Monster and a home run. I think it's a just a matter of time. I think he will start getting balls up in the air more. … I think maybe he might be trying too hard. He strides a little quick at times. His hands drop. The more he plays, the better he'll get really. I think somewhere along the line he'll really settle in and he'll hit a hot streak that'll really help us."

Todd Zolecki is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.