PITTSBURGH, Pa. -- Since rejoining the Pirates on Tuesday, Alex Presley has been showing some improvement at the plate. Over four games with Pittsburgh, the outfielder has gone 5-for-18 (.278 avg) with a double, triple, home run and has added a much needed spark at the top of the lineup.

"Better ownership with his at-bats," Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle said. "Not as much chase. Swinging at strikes. Made some good aggressive passes at pitches. Some extra bases -- that’s good to see. He went down there with an edge specifically, but he put in the proper work, and really got to where he needed to go in the box. That was the biggest disconnect -- his mentality. I think the mindset in the box. He lost some confidence. He was able to go down there and stir that back up and carry it right back...

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