Alonso doesn't look right in left

The Sports Xchange

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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