Can one hit jump-start a struggling veteran hitter? Jorge Posada hopes so.
One day after the Yankees' designated hitter snapped an 0-for-19 skid with a fifth-inning double against the Blue Jays, Posada collected two hits Monday in the Yankees' 5-3 win over the Tigers. His first hit was the big one, a bases-loaded, ground-rule double against Justin Verlander that scored two runs to get the Yankees started.
"It helps, especially with guys on base," Posada said. "You feel pretty good about yourself."
Posada has been putting in extra time with hitting coach Kevin Long, trying to figure out why he's started so poorly in his first season as a full-time DH. Posada was 10-for-75 (.133) entering Monday's game, with six of those hits leaving the ballpark.
"He's starting to swing the bat better," manager Joe Girardi said. "He's getting some big hits; that hit in the first inning, a long at-bat against Verlander, a great at-bat by Jorge. Jorge's been working his tail off. We're starting to see some of the results."
Posada has felt better at the plate in recent days despite his lengthy hitless streak.
"I'm hitting balls and people are making plays, diving all over the place," Posada said. "A little luck would help, but I'm feeling better at the plate. My stance, the way I'm attacking the baseball. I'm on some baseballs more than I was before."
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