Hitting the ball off the back leg for a left-hander is a bit rare. But De Aza said that when pitchers are coming at him with sinkers and cutters, it happens.
Gordon Beckham received a mental health day from manager Robin Ventura, with Leury Garcia taking over at second base. Ventura figured it was a good chance for Beckham, hitting .151 over his last 44 games, to work on his swing without the game pressure.
"You see sometimes he's hit it hard and not really gotten anything out of it," said Ventura of Beckham, who will be back in Wednesday afternoon's starting lineup. "A day will be good to recharge, do what you need to do."
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