Ryan Braun is batting leadoff for the first time in his career


Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun will find himself in a new position against the Pirates on Saturday night, not in the field, but in the starting lineup. He’ll be leading off for the first time in his nine-year major league career, per the Brewers on Twitter.

Braun has hit everywhere else in the lineup in his career. He’s taken 223 plate appearances batting second, 4,161 PA batting third, 254 batting fourth, 68 batting fifth, and a combined 13 PA in the bottom four spots.

The 31-year-old is off to a slow start this season, carrying a .226/.250/.226 triple-slash line with zero extra-base hits and two RBI in 32 plate appearances.

Video: Javier Báez jukes David Freese to avoid tag at first base


Cubs shortstop Javier Báez pulled off one of the best jukes you’ll see, avoiding the tag from David Freese on a play at first base in the second inning of Tuesday night’s game against the Dodgers. Báez barely made contact with a Kenta Maeda pitch well outside the strike zone, tapping it towards Freese. Báez halted his momentum, juking Freese while he attempted to apply the tag, then dove into first base.

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts attempted to argue that Báez went out of the baseline, but the umpires’ no-call stood and Báez had himself a single. He would end up stranded on base, unfortunately for him and the Cubs.