Shift from third to first works out for Reynolds

Shift from third to first works out for Reynolds

BALTIMORE -- Mark Reynolds shifted over to first base after struggling at third earlier this season, and the move has paid off nicely.

Thursday's matchup with the Rays was the 86th game that Reynolds has started at first. He had 15 starts at the hot corner before manager Buck Showalter put him at first base, and the skipper's been really impressed with his defense.

"Mark impacts our club over there," Showalter said. "There's a lot of different things that you have to adjust to. It's remarkable Mark's been able to do it in such a short period of time."

Reynolds, who came into Thursday with a .228 average, 21 homers and 59 RBIs thanks to a late-season hot streak, has found his way on defense over at first.

He made some nice plays in Wednesday's 3-2 win over Tampa Bay on short hops in different spots. Reynolds keeps coming up with tough stops that help Baltimore pitchers get out of trouble.

"He wanted to be good at [first base]," Showalter said.