Lugo in outfield a strategic move for O's

Lugo in outfield a strategic move for O's

BALTIMORE -- Playing the outfield could give infielder Julio Lugo more value to the Orioles or any other team. That's the message manager Buck Showalter gave him when the two talked about Lugo starting to take up the outfield.

Lugo played left field Friday, the first time he's been in the outfield in six years. He misplayed a Josh Hamilton line drive, but it was scored a double as it flew right over Lugo's head early in the game.

But Showalter said he put Lugo out there more as a strategic move, packing the Baltimore lineup with eight right-handed batters against C.J. Wilson, who held left-handed hitters to a .103 average (best in the Majors) heading into Friday's game.

"It may happen again," Showalter said. "Yesterday was a lot about the matchups. I wouldn't look for it a lot."