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PostPosted: Sun Apr 14, 2019 7:09 pm
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SCOTTSDALE Shohei Ohtani Jersey , Ariz. (AP) — to the regular season.“It gives you a little excitement, maybe a little preview,” the All-Star shortstop said after hitting a home run and getting a base hit in three at-bats Wednesday against the Arizona Diamondbacks.“I think we’re getting there, we feel like we’re heading in the right direction,” he said.Story is coming off the best of his three big-league seasons after hitting 37 homers and stealing 27 bases in 2018. He made his first All-Star appearance and homered in tha Story — fully healthy after right elbow pain threatened to sideline him late last season — can duplicate his 2018 success, the Rockies may be even more dangerous than last season’s 91-72 squad.“Trevor’s doing well. He’s locked in,” manager Bud Black said. “He’s in a good spot.”For the first time, Story is coming into a season with health and confidence. His strong 2016 rookie year ended early with a right thumb injury.“That experience helps me a lot,” Story said of last season. “At this point it’s about how I’m attacking pitchers, and realizing how they’re attacking me, and creating a good plan.”Story struggled at the plate in 2017 Barry Larkin Jersey , striking out an NL-high 191 times and batting just .239.“I want to strike out less,” said Story, who still struck out 162 times a year ago.“There’s always places to get better in this game,” he said. “Make more adjustments and I want to keep getting better on defense.”The Diamondbacks’ Nick Ahmed won the Gold Glove for NL shortstops last year. But with Arenado and his six awards to Story’s immediate r m at the plate and late-game situations. He’s a game changer.”Kinsler can now shift all of his focus to second base.“We brought him in with the expectation of playing at second base for the majority of the time,” manager Andy Green said. “If we wanted to explore more versatility, if our roster didn’t change, then we would explore that versatility.”Kinsler has played only two innings at third base in his 13-yea bring your best every day if you want to win a championship. Last year was refreshing for me to get back into that environment.”He then signed an $8 million, two-year contract with the Padres.“I had some good opportunities all come together at the same time but I felt like this was a really good fit for me and just jumped on it,” Kinsler said. “There’s a lot of excitement here. Anywhere there’s an exciting atmosphere with young talent and a team that can make waves quickly, it’s always fun to be a part of. I’m looking forward to it.”During spring training, Kinsler is back in his home state. He grew up in Tucson and Kinsler said. “The pink mornings, big moons and sun, mountains, it just brings back a lot of memories. I think you always love to be back where you spent your childhood.”