Nishioka riding high as spring winds down

Nishioka riding high as spring winds down

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Twins second baseman Tsuyoshi Nishioka extended his hitting streak to 13 games with a bloop RBI single down the right-field line in the second inning of Friday's game against the Orioles.

But Nishioka doesn't seem too impressed by his recent success at the plate, even though he's picked up hits against such top pitchers as Florida's Josh Johnson and Philadelphia's Cole Hamels.

"If I continue to get one hit per game, then I'll only have 162 hits," Nishioka said through translator Ryo Shinkawa. "So I'll try to get more."

Nishioka has also had a chance this spring to show off his skills as a switch-hitter. He explained that he has more power from the right side of the plate, his natural side, but that he started to hit from the left side because of his speed.

"I don't have a preference, right or left," Nishioka said. "I started as a righty, but from middle school to my second year in professional baseball, I was only hitting left, before becoming a switch-hitter."