Reynolds makes first start at first on Sunday

Reynolds makes first start at first on Sunday

BALTIMORE -- Mark Reynolds made his first start of the season at first base on Sunday in the series finale with Oakland.

Reynolds has struggled both at the plate (.158) and in the field at third base (three errors in 10 games). He hasn't hit a home run yet, and is on the verge of not hitting a homer in April for the first time in his career.

He's gotten just one start at third base during this six-game homestand, none of which came during the Oakland series.

Manager Buck Showalter said he's not hesitating to put Reynolds at third, and that he's just trying to keep the team's versatility in play.

"He's played first base, been taking balls there," Showalter said. "We're going to use the versatility of our team. We have a lot of moving parts."

Reynolds didn't say much before the game other than that he'll do what the skipper tells him.

"I told Buck a couple of weeks ago, whatever I can do to help the team," Reynolds said. "[Chris Davis] needs a day, he's DHing, so he's got me over there. I don't love it, but I don't hate it. Then again, I told Buck whatever he needs me to do, I'll do."

Showalter said, in terms of Reynolds playing third base, that they'll just check everything day-to-day in terms of match-ups and what's best for each player and the team.