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Joe Maddon protects his lineup turf

Joe Maddon protects his lineup turf

DETROIT -- The fascination over Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon's choice of batting his starting pitcher eighth continued Wednesday night during his pre-game session with reporters. For the umpteenth time, Maddon was asked to explained the lineup construction, specifically how the No. 9 batter - a position player - served as a second leadoff hitter with the second and third batters in the order getting more run-producing opportunities. When a local writer mentioned that sabermetricians state that lineup protection is overrated, Maddon embarked on a pointed dissertation. "Tell them to sit in the dugout and tell me what they think?" Maddon smirked. "Tell...

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