Brennan Boesch looks like the real deal -- again.
Boesch is batting a more-than-healthy .342, and even more impressive, the left-handed hitter has a .417 average (10-for-24) against left-handed pitching. He hit .337 against southpaws last season.
It's the same Boesch whom Tigers fans saw last year, through mid-July. Then came the All-Star break, and Boesch came back to earth.
Manager Jim Leyland tried everything. He sat Boesch, he played him. He spotted him against fastball pitchers, he played him against left-handers. Nothing worked.
But Boesch, perhaps surprisingly, picked up in spring training as if the second half of last season never happened. He's continued it into the first month of this season.
"He's made some adjustments," Leyland said. "He's made some mental adjustments, but some of that is experience. The outhouse and the penthouse, he's seen both of them. Now I think he's just kind of settling in and becoming the player we think he can be. I don't want to put too much on him, but I think he has a really high ceiling."
Boesch hasn't hit a home run since Opening Day, but he keeps ringing out doubles and singles. His second-inning single Wednesday in Seattle's 10-1 victory over Detroit was his only hit of the game. He walked against lefty Aaron Laffey in the ninth.
Against southpaws, the left-handed hitting Boesch frequently drives the ball to left -- and with authority. He's looking at more pitches and hitting well even with two strikes on him.
The tale continues to unfold.
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