Braves move rookie La Stella to leadoff spot
by Charles Odum, AP Sports Writer
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Atlanta Braves second baseman Tommy La Stella (7) hits a double to bring in two runs in the sixth inning of an interleague baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels Sunday, June 15, 2014, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Todd Kirkland)
Atlanta Braves second baseman Tommy La Stella (7) hits a double to bring in two runs in the sixth inning of an interleague baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels Sunday, June 15, 2014, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Todd Kirkland)
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ATLANTA (AP) — Rookie Tommy La Stella is batting leadoff for the first time in a new-look Braves' lineup.

Jason Heyward, who has hit leadoff in all but two games this season, is hitting fifth in Wednesday's game against the Philadelphia Phillies.

Manager Fredi Gonzalez says he may give La Stella, who is hitting .364, a long look in the leadoff spot. Gonzalez made other changes in Wednesday's lineup to give starters a rest.

Gonzalez says he wants La Stella, who was called up from the minors on May 28, "to do his thing" and not change his approach.

Justin Upton, who left Tuesday night's game with dizziness, is not starting but is available. Centerfielder B.J. Upton and shortstop Andrelton Simmons also are out of the lineup for the day.



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