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Sandberg showing flexibility with lineup


PHILADELPHIA -- In his first full year as a big league manager, Ryne Sandberg has already proven he's not afraid to shake up his lineup. He started Tony Gwynn Jr. four straight games in center in place of Ben Revere. And he used his third straight different starting third baseman Thursday against the Braves.

Regular Cody Asche was there Monday. After Tuesday's postponement, Freddy Galvis was at the hot corner Wednesday and Jayson Nix started there Thursday.

"It's also a long season. And with the players we have, I like to get them off their feet for a game here or there. So it's kind of the start of that as it makes sense," Sandberg said. "Getting other guys a chance to play. Nix has also sat a number of games so it's a chance for him to play against a left-handed pitcher and I think it makes for a lineup that has right-handed bats in there against this lefty."

Asche, a left-handed hitter, is hitting .184 with 13 strikeouts in 43 plate appearances this season.

Paul Hagen is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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