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Mark Canha thriving in leadoff spot

The Oakland A’s get as creative as any team when it comes to the leadoff spot in their lineup.

Sure, sometimes there’s a traditional high-contact speedster atop the order, like Coco Crisp or Rajai Davis or Billy Burns. But just as often they use the table-setter position for pure OBP, like Jeremy Giambi or Matt Joyce or Nick Martini. It’s not even uncommon to see them stick their catcher there for various reasons, from Jason Kendall to Kurt Suzuki to John Jaso.