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Fielder improving against left-handers

Fielder improving against left-handers

MILWAUKEE -- One good night did wonders for Prince Fielder's batting average against left-handed pitchers.

The Brewers lefty-swinging slugger collected three hits, including a pair of two-run home runs, against John Koronka, the Marlins' left-handed starter, on Tuesday, boosting Fielder's average against southpaws this season to .297 (11-for-37). Against righties, he entered play Wednesday hitting .260 (20-for-77).

Don't expect those splits to hold up, but they are one sign that Fielder is improving against the left-handed pitchers paid to get him out.

"I feel more comfortable," Fielder said. "You see them more, especially the guys out of the bullpen. Those were the guys, when I first came up, that were tougher. Those guys have different stuff than starters, and if they don't throw hard, they always have some kind of 'out' pitch. They're paid to get out that one lefty in the lineup.

"Now that I've seen them more, it's not such a shock when I do see them."

Brewers manager Ken Macha made the point Tuesday night that while the Brewers don't see many left-handers as a team, Fielder does as an individual. His 37 at-bats against southpaws entering Wednesday were by far the most on the team. Corey Hart was second with 29.

The Marlins have two lefties in the bullpen in Dan Meyer and Renyel Pinto.

"If they've got them out there, I'm seeing them," Fielder said.

Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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