Aviles could bat ninth

PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) - Mike Aviles hit primarily in the leadoff of second spot and did pretty well for himself, hitting .325 to become the Kansas City Royals player of the year.

This season Aviles could be batting ninth.

If Mark Teahen wins the second base job he would likely bat third, with Coco Crisp and David DeJesus filling the first two slots. In that scenario, Aviles would likely bat at the bottom of the order, though manager Trey Hillman is still playing with different lineups to figure out the top three spots in the lineup.

Teahen, with .500 spring average, has emerged as the front-runner at second base over Alberto Callaspo and Willie Bloomquist.

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