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Slump-ridden Infante finally dropped in lineup

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It's a little more than a month into the season, and second baseman Omar Infante has barely resembled the hitter he was last year.

Infante was dropped to seventh in the batting order Wednesday from his usual two spot, where he hit in his previous 28 games this year. Infante, who came into the game hitting .217 this year, went 3-for-5, making him 7-for-26 on the road trip.

"In spring training he was staying back on the ball, he was trusting his hands," manager Edwin Rodriguez said Wednesday. "Now he's kind of lunging. He's way out in front."

Infante suffered leg cramps over the weekend in Cincinnati, but he has felt fine this week in St. Louis.

Left fielder Emilio Bonifacio hit second Wednesday and boosted his batting average from .329 to .346.

Infante was an All-Star in 2010 when he hit .321.

Hanley Ramirez has been struggling all year, too, but Rodriguez has no plans to move Ramirez out of the three hole.

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