Choo a quick study in leadoff role

Choo a quick study in leadoff role

CLEVELAND -- It is still unclear who will be the Indians' best leadoff option over the long term. For now, though, they seem to have found a temporary solution in Shin-Soo Choo.

Choo -- who has also hit third, fourth and sixth in the lineup this season -- was hitting .462 (6 of 13) entering Thursday, with two doubles and a home run in three games since moving to the leadoff spot. He had a season-high three hits in Wednesday night's 9-3 win over the Mariners.

"Choo continues to set the table well," said Indians manager Manny Acta. "He's swinging the bat well and making things happen at the top of the order."

Choo said his approach hasn't changed in his new role, other than the fact that he's now being more aggressive at the plate. Even before the move to the leadoff spot, Choo was starting to heat up after a slow start to the season. Entering Thursday, he was hitting .333 (16 of 48) in 14 games since May 4.

"I'm more confident right now," Choo said. "It doesn't matter where I hit. Lineups are lineups. My goal is to be in the lineup every day, eight-hole or nine-hole, every day in the lineup. I think about it the same way. I don't stress about it or anything.

"I'm very comfortable in the leadoff spot right now."