"I do try to read something into Spring Training swings to get some momentum, and to get some traction in the lineup," Hurdle said.
Ishikawa wedged himself onto the club by batting .290, with three home runs, in the preseason. He did leave Florida cool (2-for-12), then had two hits on Opening Day.
He had last started four straight games on Sept. 10-14, 2012, when he was with the Brewers. Prior to that, his last such regular duty came on July 9-15, 2010, with the Giants, for whom he was the regular first baseman for the 2009-10 seasons.
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