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KISSIMMEE Enos Slaughter Jersey , Fla. (AP) —tlanta Braves‘ batter order, Ender Inciarte and Ozzie Albies could be the top candidates to lead off.“I’m going to wait and see where we’re at in a couple of weeks. I don’t think we have to set a lineup right now, and it could change,” manager Brian Snitker said. “I have different ideas but I don’t think right now or even a week from now we have to have anything set.”Acuna hit .328 in 66 games as a leadoff hitter last season, when he batted .293 overall with 26 home runs in 111 games and was voted NL Rookie of the Year. Atlanta went 90-72 and won its first division title in five years.“If it was up to me personally, I would like to stay in the leadoff spot, simply because I like hitting there,” he said Thursday as the Braves held their first full-squad workout.His power numbers could merit a spot closer to the middle of the batting order http://www.stlouiscardinalsteamshop.com/authentic-marcell-ozuna-jersey , which will get a makeover following the signing of former AL MVP Josh Donaldson.Freddie Freeman hit third last year and Nick Markakis cleanup. Donaldson said he was attracted to the “chance to be able to hit in front of Freddie and guys like that, and to have some speed in front of me to be able to drive some guys in.”“They really kind of came out of nowhere last year. Nobody was really expecting it,” said Donaldson, who signed a $23 million, one-year deal. “You started seeing some of these guys contributing and doing their thing. It was cool to see.”Enciate hit .223 in 54 games as the leadoff hitter and .326 in 23 games in the No. 2 hole. Albies batted .234 in 40 games atop the order and .287 in 82 games hitting second.Atlanta is searching for a fifth starter to join a rotation that includes Mike Foltynewicz, Julio Teheran, Sean Newcomb and Kevin Gausman. The Braves also will use spring training to evaluate shortstop Dansby Swanson and closer Arodys Vizcaino.Swanson had offseason wrist surgery after playing in 136 games last season.Vizcaino and Mike Soroka, a 21-year-old candidate for the fifth rotation spot Kolten Wong Jersey , had sore shoulders in 2018. None of them will play in the early spring training games; Snitker said they are all on schedule to be ready for the regular season.Swanson’s training routine has included everything except taking batting practice against pitchers. No limitations have been placed on Vizcaino, who saved a game in the postseason but pitched only 38 1/3 innings during the regular season.“I don’t know exactly when we have him scheduled to pitch, but there’s no reason to push him right now,” Snitker said. “He’s feeling good, his bullpens have been good so there’s really no reason to rush or to push him at this point.” SAN DIEGO — Four weeks ago, it appeared this would be the weekend that the Arizona Diamondbacks would be locking up a playoff berth — and possibly the National League West title — at Petco Park in San Diego.Well, a strange thing happened en route to the postseason.Since being 74-60 and in first place in the National League West at the end of August, the Diamondbacks have gone 7-18 over the last 25 games. Division title — gone. Playoffs — gone.Article continues below ...The only thing the Diamondbacks are playing out now as they come to San Diego is the string. Meanwhile Trevor Rosenthal Jersey , the Padres have gone 11-12 since Arizona last led the West, including a two-game split with Arizona.The clubs’ final three-game series of the season begins Friday night with a match of left-handed starters — Arizona’s Patrick Corbin (11-7, 3.23 ERA) facing Padres rookie Eric Lauer (6-7, 4.60).Corbin has been a model of consistency over his first 32 starts this season for the Diamondbacks. His ERA in 20 starts before the All-Star break was 3.24. His ERA in 12 second-half starts is 3.22. His highest ERA for a single month was 3.82 in May.Corbin has 242 strikeouts in 195 innings with a 1.06 WHIP. Opposing hitters are batting .219 against Corbin this season with a .271 on-base percentage and a .339 slugging percentage.The 29-year-old has faced the Padres twice this season and 18 times in his career (13 starts).He is 6-7 during his career against the Padres with a 4.48 ERA, a .272 opponents’ batting average and a 1.38 WHIP. He has 95 strikeouts with 29 walks in 88 1/3 innings. Corbin is 2-4 with a 4.46 ERA, 1.314 WHIP and a .247 opponents’ batting average in nine appearances (six starts) at Petco Park, where he has struck out 40 in 40 1/3 innings.This season, Corbin is 1-0 against the Padres with a 4.50 ERA http://www.stlouiscardinalsteamshop.com/authentic-marcell-ozuna-jersey , a 0.92 WHIP and a .178 opponents’ batting average in two starts. He has allowed six runs on eight hits and three walks with 19 strikeouts in 12 innings. He has made one start at Petco Park this season and allowed four runs on six hits in six innings.Lauer, the 25th overall pick in the first round of the 2016 draft out of Kent State, has made 22 starts during his rookie campaign. But only one of them came against Arizona. On July 5 at Chase Field in Phoenix, Lauer held the Diamondbacks to one run on seven hits and two walks with two strikeouts in five innings to pick up his fourth major league win.In four starts since returning from the disabled list on Aug. 30 — he missed a month with a forearm strain — Lauer is 1-0 with a 1.42 ERA. He has allowed four runs (three earned) on nine hits and seven walks with 19 walks in 19 innings.The Padres have won three of those four starts and are 8-14 in his 22 starts.On the season, Lauer has allowed 60 runs (54 earned) on 120 hits and 45 walks with 94 strikeouts in 105 2/3 innings for a 1.56 WHIP and a .285 opponents’ batting average. He is 2-4 at Petco Park with a 5.05 ERA, 1.40 WHIP and a .273 opponents’ batting average in 10 starts.

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