KANSAS CITY -- Seeking a more consistent offense, Brewers manager Ron Roenicke made another significant lineup adjustment Wednesday, moving Corey Hart back down to fifth and installing outfielder Norichika Aoki as the leadoff hitter for the near future. Roenicke drew up two lineups on Wednesday, one with Hart hitting leadoff and one with him hitting fifth. Then Roenicke polled his coaches. "We talked about, if he's leading off, he's going to end up with 50 RBIs this year, and he's one of our best RBI guys," Roenicke said. "So, we're trying to figure out how to score some more runs. We think Corey is a guy we want to drive in runs.
"I'm not saying this is going to work. But, if you look at it on paper, it makes more sense to do it this way." Aoki, who has hit himself into regular duty as the right fielder with Hart's move to first base, batted leadoff on Wednesday and stands to remains there over the coming days or weeks.Hart has been the Brewers' ultimate utility man this season, batting in four different spots and playing two positions: right field, his regular spot, and first base, where he had not played regularly since 2002. Hart was needed at first after the Brewers lost Mat Gamel and then Travis Ishikawa to the disabled list. Hart entered Wednesday's game batting .253 with 13 home runs and 28 RBIs. He'd also struck out 73 times, second-most in the National League to Washington's Danny Espinosa's 74. "I think, overall, he can do that job," Roenicke said. "If we start producing more runs, certainly he'll stay where he is. It's hard to sit by and not do anything when we're struggling offensively."
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