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Choo stays aggressive in leadoff spot

Choo stays aggressive in leadoff spot

Choo stays aggressive in leadoff spot
ST. LOUIS -- Since moving to the leadoff spot on May 14, Indians left fielder Shin-Soo Choo is batting .303 (30-for-99) in 24 starts. Choo is still hitless (0-for-9) entering the third and final game of this weekend series in St. Louis. But he won't be looking to do anything differently on Sunday, he'll just try to continue being aggressive at the plate and looking for solid contact.

Choo grounded out three times on Saturday, and hit a scorching liner to Cardinals third baseman David Freese in his final at-bat. Choo hit the ball hard in each at-bat, but just couldn't find the holes.

"Last two days I haven't been on base much, but that happens in baseball. Today's a new day," Choo said before Sunday's game. "That last at-bat, that's just baseball. I hit it, [Freese] already caught the ball."

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Choo was aggressive in four plate appearances against Cardinals starter Kyle Lohse, swinging at the first pitch in two of those at-bats. The 29-year-old Choo is batting .423 (11-for-26) this season when swinging at the first pitch, and just .095 (2-for-21) when he falls behind 0-2 in counts.

"We don't want to miss the fastball," Choo said. "Lots of out pitches, changeups, sliders [later in the count]... you don't want to see, so that's what I do."

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