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The David Ortiz-sized hole in the cleanup spot seemed even more noticeable for most of the evening at Busch Stadium, as Andrew Benintendi endured yet another disappointing game, driving in the game-tying run with a sacrifice fly in the eighth inning but finishing 0-for-5 to extend his hitless streak to 26 at-bats.
430 batting average, 11 homers and 47 RBIs in the cleanup spot.
Such speculation was based on the signing last January of the Brewers' Prince Fielder, scheduled to fill the cleanup spot behind Detroit's No.
Takahashi, hitting in the cleanup spot, homered in his first at-bat.
Koyano, who batted in the cleanup spot, led off the inning with a double and moved to third on a Shinji Takahashi one-out grounder before Nakamura's errant throw to first on a slow roller from Jason Botts.
Hitoshi Tamura, one of Softbank's key offseason acquisitions, had an RBI triple in the cleanup spot.
Samardzija's only other glitch was the two-run homer by Saltalamacchia, who was starting in the cleanup spot for the first time in his career.
Teppei Tsuchiya drove in three runs with a pair of doubles and designated hitter Norihiro Nakamura had an RBI single in a 2-for-4 outing in the cleanup spot.
LOUIS -- Less than a week into this grand experiment that seems to have no discernible down side, the Dodgers already are feeling Manny Ramirez's impact in almost every corner of the organization, from the box office to the merchandising department to the cleanup spot, where his dreadlocked eminence has at least two hits in each of his first four games.
455 is impressive for anyone, but LaHair is doing it from the cleanup spot, and doing it so well that he led the league in OBP - one point ahead of the Mets' David Wright - entering the weekend.
Halloran, who went 4-for-5 from his cleanup spot, connected in the top of the third to snap a 1-1 tie.
Norichika Aoki went 1-for-3 in the cleanup spot and Yoshinori Sato threw one-run ball over four solid innings, striking out four batters.