Barfield adjusting well

"I was pretty excited about the Loretta trade," Josh Barfield admitted.

While winning the Padres' second base job during spring training, Josh Barfield did most of his best work hitting second in the order.

But when the season opened, Padres manager Bruce Bochy dropped the rookie to the No. 8 spot in the order to relieve him of some pressure.

Barfield got off to a slow start, going 8-for-31 in his first 10 starts in the No. 8 slot. And when he was promoted to the No. 2 slot on April 13 in Florida, Barfield went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts.

Still, when the Padres arrived in Denver on Monday, Bochy decided to return Barfield to the No. 2 spot. The 23-year-old responded by going 7-for-15 in the three games with two triples, his first major league homer, five runs, two RBIs and his fourth stolen base of the season.

"I think [consistency is] something that I really focus on," Barfield said.

"He can handle the bat in the No. 2 slot," said Bochy, who probably will drop Barfield down in the order again when center fielder Mike Cameron comes off the disabled list -- perhaps as early as this weekend.

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