ANAHEIM -- All A.J. Pierzynski said he needed was to see a ball off his bat touch the outfield grass. Then the flood gates would open. That's exactly what happened in Tuesday's loss in Detroit, where the White Sox catcher's five hits were as many as he had banged out in his last nine games combined. Pierzynski said he didn't make any major adjustments when taking batting practice, though he worked hard to make sure his swing was OK.
"The bottom line is this game is hard and pitchers are good," Pierzynski said. "You just want to have good at-bats and hopefully they fall in." They did, and now Pierzynski feels he is out of his funk. "When you're struggling, not doing what you're capable of doing or hitting how you're hitting, sometimes all it takes is to see a ball hitting the outfield grass," Pierzynski said. Manager Robin Ventura pointed to all the work Pierzynski had put in inside the cages during a six-game stretch in which he hit .150. Ventura even noted that he likes the way Pierzynski has swung recently -- enough so that he may consider moving him to the two-hole. "I think you get to a point where you might overswing a little bit," Ventura said of what may have caused Pierzynski's recent struggles. "Instead of just staying with what he was doing early, you try to go up there and try to hit a home run instead of just doing what you're doing."