A few quick notes ... Justin Smoak hit off the tee and took soft toss from both sides of the plate. He will take on-field batting practice - right-handed only - with the team as well as grounders and play catch. He said he's available to pinch hit right-handed if needed. He's being a little more careful with swinging from the left side because it's where he feels a little tightness in the pulled oblique. Smoak figured he would be ready to play full time when they reach Minnesota.
We talked with Alex Liddi before the game. It was the normal stuff associated with being called up. One thing he mentioned is some serious swing work he's doing with hitting coach Howard Johnson in Tacoma. Liddi is trying to get his lower half more involved in the swing and hit the ball all over the park. It's one of the reasons why his strikeouts are even higher than usual.
"It was something new for me," he said. "I’m working on it. Of course, it takes a while. I went through a little slump and then I found it again. It makes me stay through the ball better and drive it the other way which is my strength."
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So why the change?
"It’s something that I kind new I had to do," he said. "But I didn’t know they way to do it. HoJo introduced me to it. It’s been big the work HoJo did with me. I really appreciate the work he did for me."