Alonso doesn't look right in left

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The Reds are trying to see if Yonder Alonso can play left field.

So far, not so good.

Friday, in his second big-league start at in left, Alonso misplayed a slicing line drive off the bat of the Cubs' Tony Campana into a two-run, inside-the-park home run.

The play turned out to be huge in Chicago's 4-3 victory.

"I was trying to protect from the bounce off the wall," Alonso said. "I took some balls out there during (batting practice) to get a feel. But the ball ricocheted by me."

Alonso, the Reds' first-round pick in 2008, is a converted first baseman. He has played 62 games in left this year for Triple-A Louisville, but he needs to improve to play there on a regular basis in the big leagues.

"That's a fair assessment," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "We'll see how much better he can get."

"I'm got to learn from it and move on," Alonso said.

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