Branyan getting playing time over Miranda

Branyan getting playing time over Miranda

PHOENIX -- A few days into the season, D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said that Juan Miranda would get the majority of the playing time at first base as the organization tries to figure out what it has in the young player.

On Friday, though, veteran Russell Branyan started for the third straight game and fifth overall compared to Miranda's four. While Gibson was circumspect in his reasoning, it appears it's just too tempting to have Branyan's bat in the lineup. Branyan entered play hitting .421 with a homer, in addition to playing good defense at first base.

Miranda, meanwhile, is hitting just .227, and his one homer and all three of his RBIs came as a pinch-hitter against the Cardinals on Tuesday night.

"Looking at the matchup tonight, I just thought it was a better matchup," Gibson said.

What about what he said about Miranda getting the majority of the playing time?

"That's probably the reason why I reserve a lot of the things I say," Gibson said. "You can always change your mind. Juan's going to get his playing time, but right now I felt this was the right way to go. Tomorrow it may be somebody different."