Yasmany Tomas to work at third base and in the outfield during spring training


Yasmany Tomas figures to be the Diamondbacks’ everyday third baseman during the regular season, but he’ll get some work both there and in the outfield during spring training, MLB.com’s Jesse Sanchez reports. Manager Chip Hale wants to get Tomas as many at-bats as possible so on days he won’t be at third base, they’ll put him in the outfield.

Hale said, “We have to prioritize who gets all these at-bats in Spring Training. He’s one we want to get a lot of at-bats to get a good [look] at his offense, too. We want him to go out and play.”

The Diamondbacks signed Tomas, 24, to a six-year, $68.5 million deal in December. Tomas struggled at third base doing defensive drills on Saturday, but both Hale and Tomas said he got more comfortable the longer it went on.

Video: Kurt Suzuki breaks World Series Game 2 tie with long solo homer

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The postseason has a knack for finding unlikely heroes. Nationals catcher Kurt Suzuki was 1-for-23 in the postseason entering Wednesday’s Game 2 of the World Series. The Nats and Astros each plated two runs in the first inning, then went otherwise scoreless through the sixth inning. In the top of the seventh, with Justin Verlander returning to the mound, Suzuki demolished a high, 1-0 fastball just below the train tracks in left field at Minute Maid Park, breaking the 2-2 tie.

Verlander proceeded to walk Victor Robles, prompting manager A.J. Hinch to take his veteran starter out of the game. Ryan Pressly came in to attempt to keep it a one-run game.

The underdog Nationals held on to defeat the Astros 5-4 in Game 1. Another victory by the Nats in Game 2 would put the Astros — heavy favorites according to oddsmakers — in a big hole.

Update: Pressly walked the first batter he faced, Trea Turner. Adam Eaton successfully sacrifice bunted both runners over. After Anthony Rendon flied out to shallow center field, Hinch decided to issue his team’s first intentional walk of the entire year to Juan Soto, loading the bases. Howie Kendrick then hit what appeared to be an inning-ending ground out, but Alex Bregman booted the ball as he moved to his left. Turner scored to make it 4-2. The floodgates opened when Asdrúbal Cabrera lined a single to center field, bringing home two more runs to pad the lead to 6-2. While pitching to Ryan Zimmerman, Pressly uncorked a wild pitch to allow the two base runners to advance. Zimmerman followed up with a slow roller down the third base line which Bregman barehanded and proceeded to throw away. Two more runs scored. 8-2. Yiiiikes, Astros.