BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) -- Kelly Johnson had a new vantage point for the Tampa Bay Rays' 8-2 victory Wednesday over the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Johnson started in left field for the Rays, his first game in the outfield since he was a rookie in 2005 with Atlanta. He didn't get to catch any flyballs, although he had to chase down a double by Pedro Alvarez that flew over his head.
"I felt all right out there," Johnson said. "I didn't feel too much like a fish out of water or anything. It's different, I'll say that. It definitely breaks up the routine to go out there and see things from a different angle."
After spending the past six seasons at second base, Johnson has to alter the way he goes after balls in the outfield.
"I've got to temper my aggressiveness," he said. "It's easy in the infield. The ball gets to you quicker and you've got to get ready just a little earlier to react. If you do that in the outfield, a lot of times you'll run yourself into a bad route. I had to fight that ur...