Sutton getting a chance at top of the order

Sutton getting a chance at top of the order

ST. LOUIS -- Left fielder Drew Sutton batted leadoff for the second straight game on Friday as the Pirates opened a three-game series in St. Louis.

Sutton, who was claimed off waivers from Tampa Bay on Sunday, went 1-for-3 with a walk and a run scored in a 5-4 win over Philadelphia on Thursday. He is 4-for-8 with two doubles and two RBIs in three games for the Pirates.

"[The way] our team is built right now, we have to use everybody, we have to use them appropriately and accordingly," Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. "I think Drew has come out of the box pretty clean, as far as getting on base, getting good looks, pretty good at-bats. We'll continue to go with him as long as we're getting the kind of production up there that is helping the ballclub."

Hurdle said he will still consider using both Alex Presley and Jose Tabata in the leadoff spot in the near future. Presley has appeared in 37 games at leadoff this season, hitting .245 and posting a .273 on-base percentage. Tabata is hitting .197 in 34 games while hitting first.