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Roberts puts team first, embraces utility role

Roberts puts team first, embraces utility role

Roberts puts team first, embraces utility role
PHOENIX -- Josh Bell unceremoniously took over as the D-backs' everyday third baseman Monday, relegating Ryan Roberts to more of a utility role.

Yet, despite losing the starting job at the position he played in 107 games last year, Roberts is remaining upbeat about his new role on the team.

"Whatever works, it doesn't really matter. It's whatever it takes to win," Roberts said. "It's better to win at the end of the day than to have personal stats and personal goals. The main objective is to win the game."

Roberts batted in the two hole Tuesday against the Dodgers and played second base for the fourth time this season.

"I've been taking ground balls everywhere every day," he said. "I'm not trying to do anything but play 100 percent when I get the chance. When the opportunity presents itself, go out and play."

The 31-year-old struggled mightily in April, batting .152 in 66 at-bats with 15 strikeouts. He started to come on in May though, hitting .321 with eight RBIs and five runs scored.

"Things changed offensively for me, but as a team, it didn't change very much," Roberts said. "We were still losing games. Personal goal was great that it turned around, but as a team it wasn't changing. Whatever changes that needed to be made to help us win, that's the goal."

Roberts' fielding at third base was also a problem for the D-backs, as he had the second most errors in the Majors with six.

Note: The Dodgers' Justin Sellers on Tuesday was credited with an infield single in the sixth inning of the D-backs' 6-1 loss on Monday night on a ball originally scored as an error on Bell.

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