Theriot likely to lead off

Updated: March 15, 2010, 5:06 PM ET
ESPNChicago.com

Chicago Cubs manager Lou Piniella said Monday he is "80 percent certain" that shortstop Ryan Theriot will lead off this season.

Theriot has been sharing the lead-off duties with right fielder Kosuke Fukudome this spring. Theriot is batting .588 going into Monday's game against the Colorado Rockies, while Fukudome is at .294 in 17 at-bats.

In 173 at-bats in the lead-off position last season, Theriot batted .283 with a .354 on-base percentage.

With Theriot leading off, Fukudome will bat second, according to Piniella.

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