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Change at the top?

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PHOENIX - Don't be surprised to see Chris Getz in the leadoff spot sooner than later.
On Monday, Brian Anderson was thought to be "Plan B'' if Dewayne Wise was to stumble as the leadoff hitter in the early part of the season. On Friday, however, manager Ozzie Guillen let the revised "Plan B'' out of the bag.
"Well, the leadoff spot, I don't care because I've got [Chris] Getz,'' Guillen said. "He can fill up that role. Center field? Catch the ball and make the plays, and give me good at-bats. We've played without a center fielder for a long time, maybe since [Aaron] Rowand. I think what's important for me is to just go out and make the plays in the outfield, and I think we're better at that position.
"Leadoff, we're going to start with Wise at that position. If that doesn't work then Getz, I think Getz is going to get you consistently good at-bats day after day. How much he's going to hit? Well, we're going to find out.''
Getz had said on several occasions during the spring that he would welcome the shot to hit leadoff. It seemed the coaching staff heard him, with Guillen saying last week that he would give Get back-to-back starts in that top spot to see what he could do.
That never happened.
But in winning the No. 2 spot in the batting order, Getz has shown flashes of what the club expects from a top of the order type of player. Entering Friday's game with Arizona at Chase Field, Getz was hitting .324, to go along with six walks and a .387 on-base percentage throughout the spring. The rookie also nabbed four bases.
Wise was hitting .311 with a .317 on-base percentage without a walk, while Anderson was hitting .279 with six walks and a .342 on-base percentage.

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