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Cunningham a fit at leadoff position

Cunningham a fit at leadoff position

DENVER -- Have the Padres finally found their solution to their leadoff woes in Aaron Cunningham?

Cunningham had three hits and scored two runs in his first game as the leadoff hitter for the Padres in Tuesday's 7-6 victory over the Rockies.

Cunningham was back in the leadoff spot for Wednesday's series finale, going 0-for-3, and could see more time there moving forward.

The Padres entered Tuesday's game with the worst leadoff hitter batting average in the Major Leagues (.222) and the 29th-worst on-base percentage (.298).

Cunningham isn't a stranger hitting at the top of the order, though he didn't do it this season with Triple-A Portland because Luis Durango did.

"After I got drafted, I usually hit first or second, but when I got to the A's, my power started to develop and I hit more in the middle of the order," Cunningham said. "But I like hitting at the top of the lineup.

"I have a little speed, I can bunt and I feel like I can help the team there."

San Diego manager Bud Black has certainly been impressed with Cunningham, who is hitting .317 with 13 extra-base hits among his 33 hits in 104 at-bats.

"I like the way he's swinging the bat," Black said. "We've used a number of different guys [hitting leadoff]. He does some things offensively."

On Tuesday, Cunningham became the ninth different leadoff hitter the Padres have used this season.

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