Adjustment pays off for Overbay

Adjustment pays off for Overbay

SAN DIEGO -- Lyle Overbay would be hard-pressed to have had a better start to his 2012 season.

Overbay got the start Sunday against the Giants' Matt Cain and responded to his first taste of game action by going 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles, a homer and three RBIs.

"It can give you a little confidence," Overbay said of a good start to a season. "But the biggest thing was just taking advantage of pitches I got to hit."

Overbay started slowly this spring, and D-backs hitting coach Don Baylor and manager Kirk Gibson noticed that Overbay was bent over at the plate. That made it easier for pitchers to jam him, and in order for him to get to pitches he had to fly open with his front side more and that made his bat slower.

"I wasn't even feeling myself going over, so it was good they saw it," Overbay said. "It kind of made it night and day."