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Segura finding success the opposite way

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MILWAUKEE -- Throughout Spring Training, shortstop Jean Segura's power was to right field, and two of his first four regular-season hits went the same direction.

Is this by design?

"It's natural," Segura said. "I always seem to hit the ball the other way. Sometimes, I don't try to go over there, and it happens."

That was good news to manager Ron Roenicke, who was pleased to see the unproven 23-year-old get off to a solid start. Segura was 4-for-7 in the Brewers' first two games after batting .367 (22-for-60) in 21 Spring Training games. Before that, he won the Dominican Winter League's batting title with a .324 average.

"The guys in the league that hit well for an average, that's where they hit," Roenicke said, referring to the opposite-field approach. "That keeps you on the offspeed stuff. I think if he's going to hit in this league and hit for a high average, he has to do that."

Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brew Beat, and follow him on Twitter at @AdamMcCalvy. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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