Versatile Sutton makes strong first impression

Versatile Sutton makes strong first impression

PHILADELPHIA -- Drew Sutton made a good first impression with the Pirates on Tuesday, hitting a pinch-hit RBI double to left field in the seventh inning in their 5-4 loss to the Phillies.

On Wednesday, he got his first start with his new club. Sutton, who the Pirates claimed off waivers from the Rays on Sunday, batted out of the two-hole and played left field.

The Phillies planned to use their bullpen the entire game on Wednesday, and left-hander Raul Valdes got the start. A switch-hitter, Sutton has hit much better against left-handed starters this season.

One thing he has not done this season is play the outfield. He's done it in the past, though. Sutton has played every position but pitcher, catcher and center field since breaking into the Majors in 2009.

"I knew when I came over here I was going to moving around a lot and playing a lot of different positions," Sutton said before Wednesday's game at Citizens Bank Park. "A good example is playing left field and hitting second, so we'll see what happens."

The left-handed-hitting Garrett Jones was not in the lineup on Wednesday. Jose Tabata started in right field. Additionally, Josh Harrison, another right-handed bat, started at shortstop.