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Young in leadoff spot again

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PHILADELPHIA — Delwyn Young is back in the leadoff spot tonight. Monday, Young hit batted for just the seventh time in his career. He began the game with a solo homer, his first in the No. 1 spot in the order, off Kyle Kendrick.

“It didn’t go completely well today, we ended up losing,” Young said, “but I got on a few times and tried to make something happen.”

In the fifth, Young grounded out, which enabled Ronny Cedeno to score from third. Young reached on an error with one out in the eighth, but was stranded at second.

Young is a .252 hitter (474 plate appearances) as a starter and bats .301 (136 plate appearances) as a sub. But, understandably, he doesn’t want those stats to forever cast him as a bench player.

“Pinch-hitting, you don’t have the number of at-bats that you do as when you start,” he said. “So, it should be lopsided. But I’m not really worried about that, because every day it starts over.”

— Outfield prospect Starling Marte had successful surgery Tuesday to remove the hook of the hamate bone in his left hand. No tendon damage was detected. Marte is expected to miss 8-10 weeks.

— Triple-A Indianapolis’ game against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre at 11 a.m. Wednesday will be televised by MLB Network.

— Right-hander Bryan Morris will make his first start for Double-A Altoona on Friday at Erie.

Lineups for tonight’s game:

Pirates (16-21) — 1. Delwyn Young 2b, 2. Lastings Milledge lf, 3. Andrew McCutchen cf, 4. Garrett Jones rf, 5. Ryan Church rf, 6. Ryan Doumit c, 7. Andy LaRoche 3b, 8. Ronny Cedeno ss, 9. Zach Duke (2-4, 5.56) lhp

Phillies (23-13) — 1. Shane Victorino cf, 2. Placido Polanco 2b, 3. Jimmy Rollins ss, 4. Ryan Howard 1b, 5. Jayson Werth rf, 6. Ben Francisco lf, 7. Carlos Ruiz c, 8. Juan Castro 2b, 9. Roy Halladay (6-1, 1.59) rhp

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