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Valbuena another option at top of order

CHICAGO -- Cubs manager Rick Renteria says Luis Valbuena gives the team one more option as a leadoff man.

Valbuena set the tone on Tuesday night when he led off for the first time this year and battled Arizona starter Brandon McCarthy with an 11-pitch at-bat. Valbuena eventually flied out to left.

"His on-base percentage has been extremely high, especially against right-handed pitching," Renteria said of Valbuena, who has a .420 on-base percentage against right-handed pitchers. "Yesterday, I think he set the tone. He fouled off a lot of pitches and got on base."

The Cubs have used Emilio Bonifacio and Junior Lake so far this season in the No. 1 spot. Valbuena has been used primarily against right-handed pitchers, and he could be inserted more at the top of the lineup.

"He grinds out at-bats," Renteria said.

Carrie Muskat is a reporter for She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings, and you can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat. Teddy Cahill is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter at @tedcahill.
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