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New spot in Dodgers order goes a long way for Joc Pederson
New spot in Dodgers order goes a long way for Joc Pederson

When explaining why Joc Pederson was made the Dodgers' new leadoff hitter, Don Mattingly pointed to the rookie's on-base percentage. He talked about how Pederson stole 30 bases last season in the minor leagues. The manager barely mentioned another part of Pederson's game that could be useful when batting first: his power. Pederson used that power to establish a night-long theme for the Dodgers in his first at-bat Wednesday night, as he redirected a first-inning offering from Ryan Vogelsong over the right-field wall at Dodger Stadium. The long ball was the first of four for the Dodgers in their 7-3 victory over the San Francisco Giants, as Adrian Gonzalez, Andre Ethier...

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