Alou needs to do better for top spot

Updated: May 13, 2003, 11:35 AM ET
By Jim Baker
What's worse than having Neifi Perez in your favorite team's lineup? How about having him bat leadoff? That's just where he was Monday night in the absence of the injured Ray Durham. Dennis Georgatos of the San Jose Mercury News writes that the Giants might start a rotation of players at the top of the order and that manager Felipe Alou wanted to see how Perez worked out there.

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