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Espinosa tries to get right from the left

Jun 9, 2012, 7:49 PM EST

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Danny Espinosa reached base three times last night from the right side of the plate.

BOSTON — Halfway through Friday night's game, Danny Espinosa could do no wrong. He had stepped to the plate three times and reached safely three times. He'd doubled twice, walked once, driven in a run and stolen third base.

"I feel like no one can get me out," he said. "I feel pretty good. I have a good approach up there. I know what I can hit, and I know what I can't hit. I feel good."

All of this, of course, came against left-hander Felix Doubront. Once the Red Sox brought in a couple of right-handed relievers later in the game, Espinosa fell back into his old habits and went 0-for-2.

This is just the way things have gone this season for the Nationals' switch-hitting second baseman. From the right side of the plate, he'sRead more »

  1. SonnyG10 - Jun 10, 2012 at 12:23 AM

    I think its well worth trying to get Danny straightened out on his left-handed at bats. We need his strong arm and defense at second base, especially during the shift they put on against Ortiz. Danny needed all that arm strength to get Ortiz out.

  2. rogieshan - Jun 10, 2012 at 1:28 AM

    Interesting that there's a quote from Knorr, who makes an astute observation about Espinosa's swing, but none from Eckstein, the team's batting coach. No question Espinosa's defense is gold-glove caliber. But with his offensive struggle, his bat belongs in the eighth hole. Having him higher in the order isn't going to cure his hitting woes.

  3. JaneB - Jun 10, 2012 at 2:49 AM

    Why does he havevto switch hit, if he is better from the right? Not a rhetorical question.





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