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Jose Tabata Gets His Swagger Back

Jose Tabata Gets His Swagger Back

Towards the end of April, Jose Tabata said that he was working on tweaking his swing. The outfielder was watching old videos from the 2011 season, and put that work into the cages with Manager Clint Hurdle and hitting coach Gregg Ritchie.

Tabata knows his strength is to right-center field, and admitted that at the beginning of year he was trying to do too much. After hitting for a .246/.295/.298 line in 57 at-bats in April, Tabata has seen improvement in May. With Alex Presley in a slump, Tabata was moved up to leadoff where he's started to look like the player fans saw when he first came up to Pittsburgh.

So far in May, Tabata is hitting for a .273/.333/.409 line in 22 at-bats. His hot streak started toward the end of April, with the outfielder hitting for a .326/.367/.457 line in 46 at-bats since April 22nd.

"There’s a number of things that are different right now," Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle said. "There’s less movement. He’s found a stronger hitting position when that fr...

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