"Some guys that have the ability to get deeper in counts are feeling more comfortable in the box, and you are seeing more productive at-bats," manager Mike Scioscia said. "Mike and Albert and Alberto Callaspo -- they will take the walk if it's there. Some hitters are going to be less productive if they get in there and try to massage counts. They end up getting in a hole with bad counts. Each hitter is different. There's a fine line with everyone, and the bottom line is production."
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