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TEMPE Zach Britton Jersey , Ariz. (AP) — Shohei Ohtani won AL Rookie of the Year last season as a pitcher and designated hitter. Now they’re taking a look at Jared Walsh, a combination left-handed reliever-first baseman-outfielder.“I’m just trying to keep it simple,” said Walsh, a non-roster invitee to the Angels’ camp. “Just hit, just pitch and have fun, be a baseball player, really.”Manager Brad Ausmus saw Walsh’s versatility firsthand last season in a minor league game. Ausmus, then a special assistant to Angels general manager Billy Eppler, was watching the Triple-A Salt Lake team. Walsh started at first base, then came in to get the final out to close the game, which was one of the left-hander’s four pitching appearances for the minor league team.“I got lucky,” Walsh said of his outing. “I hung a curveball and the guy popped it up to center and didn’t hit it in the trees.”He had started as a two-way player in college at Georgia and the Angels talked to him in September about continuing his double duty this spring. Walsh jumped at the chance.Ohtani , currently rehabbing from Tommy John surgery on his right elbow, is a starter, while Walsh pitches in relief so the workload will be different.“He’s a front-line starter and I’m certainly not that,” Walsh said. “I don’t have any blueprint per se because I’ve never done this before. I think the demands on him were more taxing than me for sure.“He’s the trendsetter,” Walsh said. “I’m just following his lead.”The plan, Ausmus said, is to have Walsh pitch, play first base and get some work in the outfield as well this spring.“We feel he has a chance to do both at the major league level, especially with the season he had offensively,” Ausmus said. “It’ll be a balance and a little easier balance because it’s a relief role, especially in spring training where everything is kind of controlled but he’s going to do both.”Walsh batted .277 with 29 home runs and 99 RBIs at three different minor league levels combined last season, including a .270 average at Salt Lake.Both Ausmus and Walsh expect to see more teams develop players who can multi-task.“Not everybody is going to be as good as Ohtani Frank Robinson Jersey ,” Walsh said, “but if you can get value out of a player who can do both, I mean, he might not be a Cy Young award winner or a triple crown winner but at the same time you’re getting value out of the player. I definitely think as long as they can come up with a good plan to keep the players healthy, it’s something we’ll see more of in the future.”The Rays have minor leaguer Brendan McKay, who reached the high Class A level as a first baseman and left-handed pitcher. Matt Davidson, now with the Rangers, also was considering doing both.“Usually you talk about versatility in terms of playing a bunch of different positions,” Ausmus said. “Now, if you can play positions and pitch, now it’s the ultimate versatility.”Walsh is willing to try.“I don’t think I’m any sort of a trailblazer,” Walsh said. “I think if you can get value out of a player who can do a little bit of both , why not give it a try?” PHOENIX (AP) — Maybe some day, milestone home runs will mean more to Paul Goldschmidt.The Arizona Diamondbacks slugger hit the 200th of his career during a five-run first inning in Arizona’s 6-3 win over the San Francisco Giants Friday night. Goldschmidt, as he often does when it comes to his own stats, downplayed the achievement.“I couldn’t care less,” Goldschmidt said. “I’m just trying to go out there and help us win.”David Peralta had three hits, including a homer, to help Arizona win without manager Torey Lovullo, who was out with an illness. Peralta has seven hits in his past two games and the Diamondbacks have won five of seven.“Peralta’s been swinging the bat really well for us. It’s nice to see,” said bench coach Jerry Narron, who filled in as manager for Lovullo. “Guys were just trying to be patient, put balls in play and not try to do too much.”The Giants lost catcher Buster Posey to concussion symptoms in the third inning after he took a hard foul tip off his mask in the second. Posey reached first base on the second of two singles, then after seeing a trainer was escorted back to the dugout.San Francisco sent the tying run up to the plate with two outs in the ninth against Diamondbacks closer Brad Boxberger after back-to-back singles by Hunter Pence and Steven Duggar , but pinch hitter Gorkys Hernandez grounded out to end the game.Arizona sent 11 men up in the first inning against Giants starter Chris Stratton (8-7). He allowed six runs on 10 hits and walked four in three innings for his second-shortest start of the season.“When he made a mistake, guys were able to hit it,” Goldschmidt said of the big inning. “Got some good counts there and laid off some tough pitches.”Diamondbacks starter Patrick Corbin (8-4) lasted six innings to get the win. The All-Star left-hander allowed three runs on seven hits and struck out eight.Corbin added a two-out, two-run single in the first. Yoshihisa Hirano, Archie Bradley and Boxberger each threw a scoreless inning, with Boxberger earning his 26th save.“It’s a really good thing if you get to hit in the first,” Corbin said.“Corbin got an 0-2 pitch right down the middle. He has to execute a little bit better there,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said of Stratton, who has surrendered 19 earned runs in his last three starts. “His stuff is fine. What he needs is some confidence and you just don’t see that right now.”Austin Slater drove in two runs with two singles for the Giants, who saw their four-game winning streak end.GOLD STANDARDGoldschmidt’s drive over the right field fence in the first, his 24th of the season, joined him with Luis Gonzalez as the only two Diamondbacks in club history with 200 or more home runs. It was his 95th career home run at Chase Field Pedro Alvarez Jersey , matching the stadium record held by Gonzalez.Goldschmidt got the home run ball and said he’ll be keeping it.SAY JAYDiamondbacks right fielder Jon Jay reached into the seats to catch Hunter Pence’s foul ball to open the top of the second inning. Jay snagged the ball ball away from several fans with their arms up, including one with a glove.TRAINER’S ROOMDiamondbacks: LHP Andrew Chafin returned from paternity leave for Friday’s game, and the club optioned IF-OF Chris Owings to Triple-A Reno. Chafin and wife Shelbi are first-time parents of daughter Addilyn, born Wednesday. … IF Deven Marrero (oblique) played in his second rehab game for Reno on Thursday. … There is no timetable on Lovullo’s return though it could be as soon as Saturday.Giants: Posey was feeling better after the game, manager Bruce Bochy said.“He had the (concussion) test done. He got light-headed when he was on first base,” Bochy said. “We will monitor him over night. He will be off (Saturday) but if all goes well he could be in there Sunday.”UP NEXTGiants: LHP Andrew Suarez (4-6) is set to take on the Diamondbacks for the third time this season on Saturday.Diamondbacks: RHP Clay Buchholz (4-1) faces the Giants. He’s allowed three or fewer runs in eight of his nine starts this season.
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