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06/16/07 5:00 PM ET
Notes: Winn takes on Monster
Left fielder talks strategy on handling famed Fenway wall
By Chris Haft / MLB.com
BOSTON -- You can almost see the Post-it notes stuck to Randy Winn's glove. Winn started his second consecutive game in left field Saturday, after having started there just once before this Interleague series against the Boston Red Sox. Acclimating himself to left isn't difficult for Winn, who has spent considerable time at each outfield spot during his career. But he admitted that he has needed plenty of reminders about how best to handle left field at Fenway Park, where the "Green Monster" dominates the landscape. "I don't think there's another field where, as an outfielder, you have something that can really affect your situations," Winn said. "Normally, whether it's a pitcher's park or a hitter's park, if it's hit in the gap, it's a double. Here, you never know." Seeking as much knowledge as possible, Winn consulted shortstop Omar Vizquel, who's well aware that balls hit down Fenway's left-field line could hit a protrusion of the grandstand and kick back to him. Winn also sought counsel from center fielder Dave Roberts, who knows that batted balls striking the wall above a certain level will carom toward him. "It's just a matter of reacting," Winn said. Winn also took extra fly balls in pregame fielding practice and reacquainted himself with the warning track, which he said is hard and will yield high bounces. Pointing out that he can't take anything for granted, Winn said that with the Monster looming so close behind him, he might tend to play shallower to take away potential base hits on balls hit in front of him -- as Boston's Manny Ramirez does. Holding opponents to singles on would-be extra-base hits also is a more realistic option. "You have to play situations differently," Winn said. Durham moves: With Ray Durham batting .220 (11-for-50) in his previous 14 games, manager Bruce Bochy moved the switch-hitting second baseman into the No. 3 spot in the batting order. Durham had batted exclusively fourth and fifth this season. "Let's see if we can ignite this offense a little bit," Bochy said.
Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.