PITTSBURGH -- The Pirates employed a unique infield shift when Joey Votto batted during the Reds' 4-1 loss Monday. When the left-handed Votto batted, Pittsburgh played for a pulled hit, which included putting third baseman Pedro Alvarez into short right field between the second baseman and first baseman.
Votto was 1-for-3 with a walk in the game.
"They can do whatever they want to do," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "It doesn't bother me, and it doesn't bother Joey either. I've seen shifts before -- the Hank Aaron shift, the Willie McCovey shift. If you hit the ball hard enough, it doesn't matter. You don't try to alter your swing to combat the shift. That's what they want you to do."