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Cust in better frame of mind

Mariners DH looks to opposite field

BOSTON – Seattle Mariners designated hitter Jack Cust said the doubles he had hit the opposite way his previous two starts had him in a better frame of mind before Saturday’s game.

Cust had been pulling a lot of pitches to the right side of the infield rather than hitting balls in the air the other way.

“When I’m going well, I can take the pitches middle-in and hit them to left field and not have to pull them,” Cust said. “And that just helps me wait on the ball longer. I don’t feel I have to get out there and try to pull the ball.”

Cust entered Saturday’s game hitting just .185. But he reached base his first two times up via walks and then lined a single the opposite way to left.

The 32-year-old said before the game that, at his age, there isn’t much mechanical work that can be done to change a swing he has pretty much always had. Instead, he said, it’s more about not trying too hard and overswinging when he’s up there.

“Yeah, definitely,” he said. “When you start the season like this you don’t have much. You’ve got to remember what you’ve done your whole career and think of the positive things you’ve done.”