"You don't want to go in head first on a hit and run, and never into third," explained McCutchen, who is perfect in his first four steal attempts.
• Brandon Inge was the designated hitter in Triple-A Indianapolis' season opener on Thursday night and was scheduled to play in the field in Friday night's game.
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