|Third baseman Pedro Alvarez (.167 avg – 2 HR – 3 RBI) went 2-for-5 with two singles, two strikeouts and a goundoutÂ in the Pirates 11-6 loss to the Twins on Thursday afternoon. Alvarez batting .167 (7-for-42) in spring training with just two extra base hits, 1 walk and a team-high 20 strikeouts, has decided to simplify his approach at the plate, eliminating the toe tap from his swing. Alvarez will now lift his front foot an inch or two, then quickly plant it as the pitcher delivers. âWe talked about it after his last game.â Hurdle said via the Tribune-Review. âIâm of the mindset, and I think he is too, that weâve got to find a way to simplify some things. Weâve got him wide, just pick it up and put it down.â|
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