Wise, De Aza switch things up in outfield

Wise, De Aza switch things up in outfield

CHICAGO -- After making 117 starts in center field this season, Alejandro De Aza was moved to left field and Dewayne Wise placed in center for Wednesday's contest against Detroit.

Turns out those spots are the preference for both when they are in the same outfield.

"Well, in talking to him, De Aza's a little more comfortable in left," manager Robin Ventura said. "It's just one of those [situations] where if he feels more comfortable over there, go over there. That's it."

De Aza plays a little deeper in center and has done a solid job of tracking down long fly balls while anchoring a top-notch outfield defense. Wise has a slightly stronger arm, and he also might be able to get to a few more bloopers because he plays slightly shallower.

In the Tigers' two-run eighth on Tuesday, Jhonny Peralta dropped a softly hit single to center on what looked like a fairly tough play for De Aza, putting runners on first and third with nobody out.