Abreu A Stranger At Third But Not At Bat

Tony Abreu can play short if that's what you want but he's really at home around second. There he makes the double play with aplomb, shows range and a sure glove. So, why's he playing third in winter ball?

Abreu is only 5-9 and, although he packs 185 pounds onto his stocky frame, he's never going to be the power plant you desire at third. But that's where Aguilas, his winter team in the Dominican League, is playing him because they want his bat in the lineup.

He's hitting .345 in the early going so you can see why. Still, he hasn't hit a home run and isn't likely to deliver too may (he had six for Jacksonville this summer). So, Aguilas may play him at third but he'll no doubt be back at second when the Dodgers get their hands on him again. Wherever he plays, though, he's going to do some timely hitting.

Meanwhile, among other Dodgers in the Dominican, James Loney has stepped up the pace but is still down at .250 albeit with two home runs. And, no, he's not playing the outfield but is stationed comfortably at first.

Matt Kemp, is managing only a .125 mark with one homer after 11 games. Wilkin Ruan is hitting .306 while shortstop Wilson Valdez has only a .225 mark. Pitcher Mark Alexander has no won-loss record with a 4.50 ERA.

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