On the Pirates: Marte Digging in at No. 1

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On the Pirates: Marte Digging in at No. 1
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Starling Marte is standing firm as the Pirates' leadoff hitter. And that has as much to do with his footwork at the plate as it does his success in that position. Marte has blossomed at the top of the order, finishing April with a first-inning batting average of .636 and a first-inning on-base percentage of .692.

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