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Robinson gets start in leadoff spot Saturday

Robinson gets start in leadoff spot Saturday

PHILADELPHIA -- Cardinals manager Mike Matheny has repeatedly said he will look for opportunities to use his bench players. So with Matt Carpenter -- who led off the last two games -- and usual top-of-the-order hitter Jon Jay both enduring 0-for-12 skids, the time seemed right for a different leadoff look Saturday night.

Shane Robinson, whose only start of the season was wiped out with the two-inning aborted game Tuesday night in Pittsburgh, led off and got the start in center field.

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Carpenter joined Jay on the bench, with Daniel Descalso playing second and batting seventh.

"Shane had such a strong spring, we'll try to take advantage of him at the top of the lineup to start something," Matheny said. "You try to get him into some pinch-hitting situations, but you can only get so much out of them.

"He has to work at it. It's part of the job, finding a routine where they get comfortable when they do have those opportunities."

Robinson, who had 11 pinch-hits in 2012, hit .438 in Spring Training with a .719 slugging percentage.

Jay Greenberg is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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