Miles fine with hitting anywhere in lineup

Miles fine with hitting anywhere in lineup

Miles fine with hitting anywhere in lineup
LOS ANGELES -- Aaron Miles sees himself as a No. 2 hitter.

Given his short stature, his ability to work counts and his lack of power, it's simply the place in the order where he feels best suited.

That doesn't mean the Dodgers infielder doesn't enjoy batting all over the lineup, as he has this season. Miles, who hit fifth on Tuesday, led off in a 9-8 loss to the Phillies on Wednesday, with Dee Gordon and Tony Gwynn Jr. out of the lineup. Miles has started at least two games at every spot in the lineup except fourth and ninth.

"I enjoy it," said Miles, who went 1-for-5 against the Phillies. "I feel like I have the ability to plug in my approach anywhere. Personally, I feel like I'm a [No. 2] guy. I can do leadoff, I can do anywhere. You know I'm gonna give a competitive at-bat."

Miles' best production this season has come batting sixth and seventh, where he is hitting .429 and .471, respectively. He has spent most of his time in the two-hole, where in 26 games, he is hitting .298 with 10 RBIs, more than twice as many as anywhere else in the order.

Recently, because of injuries to Casey Blake and Juan Uribe, Miles has spent some time hitting fifth, where he's just 5-for-25.

"I know I'm not a true power five-hole guy, obviously," Miles said. "But I really like hitting fifth, with that chance to knock guys in and give the team a chance to win."

Manager Don Mattingly was asked if there was a specific place he'd like to see Miles on a daily basis.

"Yeah," Mattingly replied. "I'd like to use him all over."

Mattingly said he knows Miles has no problem hitting anywhere in the order, and that gives the skipper the luxury of adjusting Miles' position according to who else is in the order. Tuesday, with Juan Rivera out because of a bruised knee, that was fifth.

"He knows that's kind of how we use him, so it's second nature for him to be all over the lineup," Mattingly said.

For Miles, his approach changes based on where he's hitting, but he enjoys making the adjustments.

"The approach changes pitch to pitch, at-bat to at-bat, situation to situation," Miles said. "As a baseball player, and a good situational hitter, I pride myself on knowing what I'm trying to accomplish every time I'm at the plate."