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Betancourt gets start at first base

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ST. LOUIS -- Yuniesky Betancourt started at first base for only the fourth time in his 10-year career on Friday. Betancourt, a middle infielder by trade, moved to first at the request of manager Ron Roenicke due to a knee injury to Corey Hart.

"As long as I'm in the lineup and can help my team, I don't care where I play," Betancourt said.

Betancourt has yet to make an error in 30 chances at first. He is taking extra grounders in practice on a daily basis.

"I keep working and keep trying to get better," Betancourt said. "I'm getting more comfortable, but I've still got a lot to work on."

Prior to this season, Betancourt had never appeared at first base. He is hitting .250 with one RBI.

"I think if you can play middle infield, you're going to be very good at first base," Roenicke said. "At first looks, he's really good there. He has range, he's got great hands."

Betancourt, who has also played third, says he enjoys the challenge of a new position.

"The more [positions] I can play, the more I can help this team," Betancourt said.

Steve Overbey is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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