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More brave bunters fight the good fight against the defensive shift.

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May 21, 2014 6:00 am

Pebble Hunting: The Marlins and the AT&T Shift

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Sam Miller

Have the Marlins figured out how to beat the Giants at their own ballpark?

Buster Posey represented the tying run when he batted in the ninth inning against Miami on Friday night. He got a 1-1 slider in the middle of the plate and drove it into deep right-center, toward triples alley. As soon as the crowd could raise its voice, though, it went quiet: Giancarlo Stanton was standing right there.

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Ben and Sam banter about position player pitchers and Andrelton Simmons, then discuss batters' latest attempts to bunt to beat the shift.

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Bunts against the shift: up 100 percent since last season.

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September 16, 2013 10:12 am

Overthinking It: The Latest Attempts to Beat the Shift

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Ben Lindbergh

Adam Dunn, David Ortiz, and others are doing their best to make defenders abandon the ever-more-popular over-shift.

A few minutes into the bottom of the first inning of Sunday night’s game between the Red Sox and Yankees, a Dustin Pedroia groundout and a Daniel Nava double brought up David Ortiz.

“He’s made a concerted effort to hit the ball the other way a lot more this season, that’s why the average is so high,” said ESPN’s Dan Shulman. Before he could finish the sentence, Ortiz grounded a single to left. “And there he goes,” Shulman said.

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