Sammy Sosa has enjoyed his time as the designated hitter so much, Baltimore Orioles Manager Lee Mazzilli is considering using him primarily in that role for the foreseeable future.
In New York earlier this week, Mazzilli had said Sosa would likely only DH about twice a week. But Sosa has not played right field since June 30. Though Sosa's numbers in that time aren't spectacular -- 3 for 13 -- he has shown signs of coming to life.
In New York, Sosa struck balls well, though most landed foul. He recently broke out of an 0-for-20 slump and had his first RBI since June 19 on Thursday. Sosa said he attributes part of his recent success to being the DH.
"It's helped my body out a lot," Sosa said.
Sosa predicts fans will soon see the player whose hit more than 60 home runs three times -- the lone person to do so in baseball history. Sosa said he's studied videotape and has corrected a mechanical flaw with his hands. Mazzilli said he's noticed a difference in Sosa.
"I watched in New York as well," Mazzilli said. "I just look for bigger things from him in the second half."
Reliever Todd Williams, a member of the 2000 Olympic team that won the gold medal, said he was disappointed to hear that baseball was being eliminated from the Games in 2012.
"I think it should stay, obviously," Williams said.
Williams was ready in the bullpen in the ninth inning of the gold medal game against Cuba, but starter Ben Sheets finished his shutout.
"The competition was the most intense I've experienced," Williams said.