Bochy Sees Enough to Give Dubon Shot Closer to Top of Order

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Alex Pavlovic

SAN FRANCISCO -- It got lost in the shuffle because of Johnny Cueto's return, but Tuesday night was a significant one for Mauricio Dubon, too. 

The rookie infielder hit leadoff for the first time and a night later was in the No. 2 spot behind Mike Yastrzemski. Dubon had hit eighth in his first 10 starts for the Giants, but manager Bruce Bochy has seen enough to make a change, one that might stick for a while. 

"I was good with his at-bats," Bochy said. "(Eighth) is not an easy spot to hit and I thought he threw out good at-bats."

Dubon had two hits and scored a run as the leadoff hitter Tuesday. On Wednesday, he was 0-for-3 but drew a walk and had an RBI. 

Bochy noted that Dubon primarily hit at the top of the order in the minor leagues this season and is comfortable with the role. He made 57 appearances as a leadoff hitter in Triple-A and 61 more in the second spot, with just four at-bats elsewhere. 

"The kid, you can do some things with him," Bochy said. "He can bunt, you can hit-and-run. He sees pitches and he gives you speed."

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