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Posted at 12:01 AM ET, 05/26/2011

Jayson Werth not just talk


While the comments he made following yesterday’s 6-4 loss to the Brewers will surely receive more attention, Jayson Werth has finally started settling into a strong offensive stretch.

In the past two games, Werth has reached base in seven of his last nine plate appearances – in two games, his on-base percentage has jumped from .330 to .350. Since May 14, Werth is hitting .366/.447/.618 in 47 plate appearances. Those are arbitrary endpoints, but the main point is that Werth’s numbers, after a dismal start, are starting approach his standard. He’s hitting .254/.350/.452 – his OPS is north of .800 for the first time since April 14.

“I’m feeling good, feeling good,” Werth said. “I’m working in the right direction. I’m hitting balls hard, and I’ve got some confidence. I like where I’m at.”

Werth credited altering his stance in the batter’s box, which allowed him to get into a more comfortable hitting position. With hitting coach Rick Eckstein, Werth changed how he starts his swing, using a more pronounced stride to the ball. He adjusted slowly at first.

Getting into a position to swing was “probably the one thing that was so inconsistent there for a while,” Werth said. “That leg kick, I guess you could call it, is a little new to me. So I’m still learning.”

Werth made news with what he said in the clubhouse yesterday. But we can separate that from what he’s doing on the field, and lately he’s been quite good.

FROM THE POST

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After the end of a “terrible” road trip and a 6-4 loss to the Brewers, Jayson Werth made some ominous remarks about changes that need to be happen.

NATS MINOR LEAGUES

Syracuse was off.

Harrisburg was suspended.In the first inning, Tyler Moore hit an RBI double.

Kinston 13, Potomac 7: Eury Perez went 2 for 2 with a double and two walks. Justin Bloxom went 3 for 5.

Asheville 4, Hagerstown 1: Bryce Harper went 0 for 3 with a walk and a strikeout. A.J. Cole allowed two earned runs in 4 2/3 innings on seven hits and a walk, striking out five.

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