Morel seeks to snap out of hitting slump

Morel seeks to snap out of hitting slump

Morel seeks to snap out of hitting slump
OAKLAND -- With just nine hits in 55 at-bats following Monday's 4-0 victory over Oakland, Brent Morel isn't worried about hitting second, eighth or ninth in the starting lineup.

"I'm just more concentrated on getting that feel back and having more results," Morel said. "I'm feeling pretty good the last couple of days. So it doesn't matter where I'm hitting."

Morel was back in the eighth spot for Monday's series opener in Oakland, with Alexei Ramirez hitting No. 2 for a second straight game. Manager Robin Ventura said that Morel will hit eighth until he gets going.

"He's grinding out at-bats. He's still in there," said Ventura of Morel. "It worked well yesterday, and [Ramirez] looks comfortable there. You get a little speed at the top."

"To be honest, I had that little stretch there at the beginning and it was tough to get out of," Morel said. "Hopefully having some success and having some results in Seattle, I can carry that over and go uphill from here."

In 2011, Morel hit just .203 in April with 10 strikeouts, seven RBIs and no walks. So, a slow start is nothing out of the ordinary for the third baseman, buoyed by a 2-for-4 showing in Monday's victory.

"I've done it pretty much every year. This year was a little worse than others," Morel said. "I've never started off good, whether it was at [Class A] Winston-Salem or Double-A or last year.

"So I don't worry too much about it. It helps when we are winning, but when we lose and you go 0-fer, it's kind of tough."