Adjustment helps Abreu find stroke

Adjustment helps Abreu find stroke

ANAHEIM -- Up until Saturday night, August had not been a friendly month for Bobby Abreu.

Through 14 games this month, Abreu was in an 8-for-49 slump as his average fell to its lowest point since mid May at .252.

But after Saturday's win over Baltimore, there was evidence that he might be close to turning the corner. Abreu went 2-for-5 with a double and three RBIs against the Orioles and drove in the game-winning run in the bottom of the 12th when he hit a sacrifice fly to deep center field of Baltimore reliever Troy Patton.

Throughout the night, Abreu made solid contact, even on the at-bats that ended in an out. Angels manager Mike Scioscia said Abreu's performance could be attributed to a recent adjustment at the plate.

"Bobby the other day found something in his swing and worked with [hitting coach Mickey Hatcher] to shorten his hands a little bit," Scioscia said. "They were getting wrapped around his body behind him. He looks like he's getting to pitches easier, and that's a great sign."

Abreu's double in the third inning moved him one behind Manny Ramirez on the all-time doubles chart. Abreu's 546 career doubles rank 26th all-time.