09/11/2008 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Fukudome Could Be Benched: Piniella

Kosuke Fukudome batted second Sunday, with Ryan Theriot getting a game off. But the right fielder's continuing hitting slump is becoming a concern to manager Lou Piniella.

''We have him in the 2-hole, but we need him to start hitting or we'll have to look for more options,'' Piniella said. ''[Mike] Fontenot needs to get some at-bats, [Mark] DeRosa has been hitting. We need Fukudome to start hitting.''

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