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Indians experiment with infield

The Spokane Indians played errorless ball on Sunday with a new-look infield. Read game story


Heading in to the fourth game of the Northwest League season, the Indians had committed 11 errors, including eight by their infielders.


Manager Tim Hulett shuffled the deck Sunday and gave Carlos Garay, a catcher, his first start at first base. Hulett also put Dean Long at third base for the first time and gave Dylan Moore his initial start at shortstop. Long, who struggled at first base on Friday, and Moore, who played second base in Thursday's opener, were drafted at the positions they played on Sunday.


The new look worked as the Indians went from five errors on Saturday to none on Sunday.


"We drafted (three) shortstops, so everybody’s playing a little bit out of position," Hulett said. "Moore got to play short today and, of course, Byrd is doing a nice job at second. ... We got Long back over to the third-base side, which is what he’s accustomed to, and he made some nice plays early as well. Garay is a catcher who has played first and has really made some nice plays for a guy like that. It was an excellent day for him at first."


With the score tied at 1 in the top of the seventh, Garay turned a bang-bang double play by snaring Nate Irving's liner and tagging the bag at first base before Trevor Mitsui could scramble back.




Chris Derrick
Chris Derrick joined The Spokesman-Review in 1990. He currently is a copy editor for the Sports Desk.

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