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Kieboom’s glove better than expected on both sides of infield

As much as the Nationals have gone out of their way to keep Carter Kieboom focused on learning how to play third base, the rookie infielder is actually spending a lot of time on the other side of the diamond so far this season.

When they utilize the shift against a left-handed batter, the Nats are leaving Trea Turner at shortstop and having Kieboom move all the way over to what would typically be the second baseman’s spot on the infield (with the second baseman moving into shallow right field).

It’s worked well: Kieboom has looked very comfortable in that position and fielded so many grounders there during Friday night’s win over the Orioles he wound up tying the major league record for assists by a third baseman with 11. That record is held by many players, but none had notched that many assists since the Pirates’ Kevin Young in 1995.

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