Reimold hits leadoff for first time in career

Reimold hits leadoff for first time in career

BOSTON -- For the first time in his career, Nolan Reimold served as the Orioles' leadoff hitter Sunday afternoon against the Red Sox.

"All I got to do is hit ninth now, then I'm all covered," Reimold said, referring to the continuous shuffling of Baltimore's lineup.

Manager Dave Trembley said there was no particular reason for putting Reimold in the leadoff spot, but with Lou Montanez on the bench and Reimold starting in left field, it was an easy switch. In his first at-bat Sunday, Reimold collected an infield single. He finished 2-for-5 with a double and scored a run.

While Reimold has been hampered following offseason surgery on his left Achilles tendon, he did steal a base this spring and said he wouldn't have a problem swiping another if he got the sign.

"I'll take the approach a leadoff guy is supposed to have," Reimold said. "Get up there and try to have a good at-bat, work the count a little bit, set the tone for getting on base for the guys hitting behind you."

A naturally patient hitter, Reimold has struggled to get his bat going in the first month of the season. He entered Sunday's game hitting .159 and is hitless with three walks in the first two games of the Red Sox series.

"I think today against [ knuckleballer Tim] Wakefield it's a little bit challenging [to be patient]," Trembley said. "But he does have a good eye and he'll hit with two strikes, and it sure would be nice to get him on track."