"[Ogando has] a real good changeup that he gets lefties out with," manager Ned Yost said. "He's got a nice slider, but it's not really a swing-and-miss slider, it's a bigger-type slider. Righties have a much higher slugging percentage, a much higher on-base percentage than lefties do against him so we decided to go that way."
Entering Sunday's game, right-handed batters were hitting .270 against Ogando, which is the highest in his career, while he held left-handed batters to a career-low .190 average.
Maxwell is hitting .271 (36-for-133) against right-handers this season.
Kathleen Gier is an associate reporter for MLB.com. Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.