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Aoki continues to produce in top of lineup

HOUSTON -- Right fielder Norichika Aoki hit second in the lineup in Friday's series opener at Houston. But from either the leadoff spot or second in the batting order, Aoki has produced.

"I'd rather have him leading off, but the guy behind him is also important as to what he can do to help [Aoki]," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said. "Or is it more important to have that other guy getting on and then [Aoki] helping that guy?"

That's the dilemma that keeps Roenicke on his toes when making the decision where Aoki hits in the lineup.

"So that's why he's flipping back and forth," Roenicke said. "But basically he's out there every day and he's helping us whether he's hitting [first or second in the lineup]."

Aoki entered Friday's series opener on a 12-game hitting streak and extended it to 13 with a first-inning home run vs. the Astros.

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HOU Full Game Coverage STON -- Right fielder Norichika Aoki hit second in the lineup in Friday's series opener at Houston. But from either the leadoff spot or second in the batting order, Aoki has produced.

"I'd rather have him leading off, but the guy behind him is also important as to what he can do to help [Aoki]," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said. "Or is it more important to have that other guy getting on and then [Aoki] helping that guy?"

That's the dilemma that keeps Roenicke on his toes when making the decision where Aoki hits in the lineup.

"So that's why he's flipping back and forth," Roenicke said. "But basically he's out there every day and he's helping us whether he's hitting [first or second in the lineup]."

Aoki entered Friday's series opener on a 12-game hitting streak and extended it to 13 with a first-inning home run vs. the Astros.

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