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Venable improving in matchups vs. lefties

Venable improving in matchups vs. lefties

Venable improving in matchups vs. lefties
OAKLAND -- Will Venable had a big two-run, two-out double in Saturday's loss to the A's, a hit that might have been the game-winner had the Padres not allowed three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning of a 6-4 loss.

For Venable, a left-handed hitter, that hit came against a left-handed pitcher, A's reliever Sean Doolittle.

That was the eighth hit this season for Venable against a left-hander. He's hitting .216 against southpaws this season and .213 for his career, though his manager, Bud Black, thinks that Venable has the potential of being better against lefties.

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"There's some damage in there against the lefty," Black said of Venable. "He hung in there [Saturday] ... and the guy [Doolittle] hung a breaking ball and Will squared it up."

Venable hit .174 against lefties last season and .154 in 2010.

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