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Padres keep Edmonds in No. 7 spot

Padres keep Edmonds in No. 7 spot

PHILADELPHIA -- Center fielder Jim Edmonds, stuck in a 0-for-22 slump heading into Thursday's game against the Phillies, was back hitting seventh in the Padres' lineup for the second time in as many days.

Edmonds -- who was hitting .153 overall this season in 72 at-bats -- has only hit seventh six times since 2004. He had been hitting fifth this season for San Diego before manager Bud Black moved him to seventh in the order before Wednesday's 4-2 victory.

Edmonds, who ended his skid with a second-inning single on Thursday, went 0-for-5 in Wednesday's game and didn't hit a ball out of the infield.

"Where you hit in the order to some guys, it's more important than others," Black said. "I think Jimmy wants to contribute. I think he knows he's not swinging it like he's going to swing.

"I don't think it [moving him down in the batting order] takes any pressure off a guy like Jim Edmonds. He wants to do everything he can to help the team win."

Black said that while Edmonds, 37, has struggled since coming off the disabled list on April 5 -- Edmonds missed the last three weeks of Spring Training with a strained right calf -- he isn't chasing bad pitch after bad pitch.

"It doesn't look like he's expanding the zone, it looks like he's swinging at strikes and taking his balls," Black said. "He's just not hitting the ball on the good part of the bat. He's just a tick off."

Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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