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

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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 Giants 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, and the Giants occasionally will take a look at Dubon in a bigger role. 

"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. 

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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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