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Jarrod Saltalamacchia after home run: ‘I’m feeling more comfortable’

05.23.11 at 3:17 am ET

Jarrod Saltalamacchia drew criticism for his slow start at the plate this season after hitting just .216 (11-for-51) with six RBIs in the month of April.

Those critics are nowhere to be found now, as the young Red Sox catcher is batting .389 (7-for-18) with three home runs and one double in his last five games.

‘€œI’€™m feeling more comfortable,’€ said Saltalamacchia, who was 1-for-4 with a solo home run to left field in the fifth inning of Sunday night’s 5-1 win over the Cubs. ‘€œAs soon as I managed to slow things down, I’€™ve been putting good at-bats together.’€

Saltalamacchia managed only four hits in 29 at-bats (.137 batting average) in his first 10 games, but thanks to his recent hitting tear at the plate, he’€™s raised his season batting average to .237 (22-for-93).

‘€œAt the beginning of the season I was pressing a little bit, trying to go out and hit everything as hard as I could,” he explained. “Now, I’€™m kind of letting the ball get deeper. I’€™m not trying to pull everything, I’€™m trying to put it in the big part of the park, and good things happen.’€

Not only has Saltalamacchia seen a boost in his average, but also his slugging percentage, which was a mere .258 after the Red Sox’€™ 11-0 loss to the Angels on May 5. Saltalamacchia’€™s slugging percentage now sits at .398.

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