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LOS ANGELES -- Alejandro De Aza is hitting .173 with four homers and 17 RBIs, not to mention having a few miscues in both the outfield and on the basepaths. That combination makes De Aza a target of outside derision, but manager Robin Ventura said Monday that De Aza can't take the time to process such criticism.

"Anytime somebody's hitting (.173), they look at the number, that's a target," Ventura said. "That's just part of playing. You have to take it and understand you don't listen to it, have thick skin and just keep going.

"He kind of went through a rut. Had a great Opening Day and since then hit a rut. Lately, he's been hitting it pretty hard, he's been hitting into some tough luck. Tough luck happens to everybody and you have to be able to fight your way through it and he's going to have to be able to do that, even with going against the lefties we have."

Moises Sierra was in right field against Dodgers ace left-hander Clayton Kershaw on Monday, with Dayan Viciedo moving to left.

Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Merk's Works, and follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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