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Choo comfortable in center, especially at Progressive

Choo comfortable in center, especially at Progressive

CLEVELAND -- Especially now that he's at the relatively new position of center field for the Reds, Shin-Soo Choo likes to take extra time at each ballpark before a series to study the outfield, the fences and how the balls play off the bat.

For the two games at Progressive Field on Wednesday and Thursday, that wasn't necessary for the former Indians star. He had six seasons there -- 2006-12 -- to fall back on.

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"I've played a long time here," Choo said on Thursday. "It feels so comfortable in the outfield. In the batters' box, it feels comfortable. Everything -- the feel, the look, it's comfortable."

As for center field in general, Choo has appeared very comfortable -- regardless of the ballpark. He's committed only two errors, which both occurred in the same game -- on April 8 at St. Louis.

"Once you're familiar with an area, and the more you play, the better you should be," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "He's an athlete. He's a ballplayer. If you put in the work, you should get better if you have instincts and ability. So I'm not surprised when a guy is better. I'm surprised when a guy doesn't get better."

Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Mark My Word, and follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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