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Confidence showing for Wood at plate

Confidence showing for Wood at plate

ANAHEIM -- Brandon Wood enjoyed the best game of his frustrating season in Tuesday night's 6-3 victory over the Dodgers, helping set the table for back-to-back three-run innings with a walk and single and then making the defensive play of the night in concert with second baseman Howard Kendrick, his teammate for three seasons in the Minor Leagues.

Wood started a brilliant double play with his diving stab of Matt Kemp's sharp grounder heading toward center field. Wood made a sprawling glove flip to Kendrick, who delivered a strong throw to first on the pivot with Casey Blake on top of him to take Fernando Rodney out of trouble in the eighth inning.

"The only other time I tried a glove flip like that I flipped it over H.K.'s head in Spring Training," Wood said. "It was instincts. It just happens in the moment. I'm trying to remind myself to move to where the ball is off the bat, and I was able to get to that one. To be honest, the better part of the play was Howie's turning it. Blake was right on him, but he jumped and got a lot on it."

Moving back to shortstop from third base in the absence of Erick Aybar and Maicer Izturis, Wood has a five-game hitting streak (.353) heading into Wednesday night's start against Dodgers right-hander John Ely, raising his average from .152 to .176.

"In the batter's box, there's some more confidence forming," Wood said. "My approach, with where my hands are, I feel confident. I've put some good swings on the ball. I went through a stretch earlier where I was starting to square some balls up and they were getting caught. That was frustrating. I feel like I'm on the right track now."

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