Murphy has managed to keep going what he started last year when he hit .340 in 43 games and 103 at-bats after being acquired from the Red Sox on July 31."I definitely felt I made a good first impression, but I don't think I'm done making a good first impression," Murphy said. "Last year I played better than I ever have in my life. There's no doubt in my mind that I could do it again, but I definitely want to prove to everybody that I could pick up where I left off." In doing so, Murphy is shedding the "fourth outfielder" label that was placed on him with the Red Sox. They had Jacoby Ellsbury in front of him and figured that's all Murphy would be. That's why they were willing to include him as one of three players in a trade for Eric Gagne. "I definitely got labeled in Boston as just a fourth outfielder and nothing better than a fourth outfielder," Murphy said. "It came to the point where the media would ask me questions like, 'What do I think about people saying you're just a fourth outfielder?' Obviously, you can't talk your way out of it. You have to play your way and show it." He is getting that chance.
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less