D-backs to increase use of defensive shifting

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The D-backs plan to use defensive shifts more this year than in 2014 and could even change their infield alignment within an at-bat depending on the count.

"You're going to see shifting getting more prevalent until [hitters] make you change," D-backs manager Chip Hale said. "Once you bunt three, four, five times, we have to adjust to it or we say we'd rather have you bunt. Go ahead and take your single."

Third-base and infield coach Andy Green has worked with D-backs analytics director Ed Lewis on the strategy.

"I've given the keys to Andy Green on that," Hale said. "He's done a lot of research with Ed Lewis, and they've come up with some pretty good stuff that they've showed me."

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