The second baseman is in right field?
Some teams are employing extreme defensive shifts to neutralize dangerous left-handed hitters like Jason Giambi and David Ortiz, writes Jerry Crasnick.
Loretta's maneuver isn't as complex as, say, the Cotton-Eyed Joe, but it's effective. Giambi, fourth in the American League with a .422 on-base percentage, is batting .263 this season. If not for these specially designed defenses, he estimates that his average would be closer to .300.
Giambi's frustration shows through when he recalls a play from a recent series against Baltimore. He scorched a line drive beyond the infield dirt, only to watch the ball skitter into the waiting mitt of second baseman Brian Roberts, who scooped it up and threw him out at first base.
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