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PHOENIX -- Martin Prado knew he had not forgotten how to hit, but the D-backs infielder is certainly relieved to be swinging the bat better.

In his previous two games heading into Game 1 of Monday's doubleheader against the Rangers, Prado collected seven hits in eight at-bats.

"I don't think this has happened to me in the past, this kind of rough streak," Prado said of his slow start. "Everybody in this clubhouse has given me support and told me they know what kind of ballplayer I am and know I can do it. That made me feel good. I'm starting to feel better and starting to get the confidence back and the most important thing is just to try and keep having fun."

Prado said he was most proud of the fact that despite his struggles he was able to maintain a positive attitude in the clubhouse rather than sulk or pout about his personal statistics.

Experience, he said, is the key to dealing with the downturns and finding a way out.

"I'm a good hitter, right, so I'm going to be a good hitter my whole career?" Prado said of what a younger player might think. "That's not going to happen. You're going to have ups and downs, but you're going to know how to handle the downs. When you're up, you don't even think about it. But when you're down, how fast can you recover from that? It's a process."

Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Inside the D-backs, and follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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