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Young benefits from consistent approach

Young benefits from consistent approach

DENVER -- Last year, it was a stretch that might have sent Chris Young into a tailspin for weeks.

This year, though, the 1-for-22 slump Young endured last week disappeared quickly.

The D-backs' center fielder entered play Tuesday riding a four-game hitting streak during which he hit .471. Whereas in the past he may have started tinkering with his swing, Young has stuck with consistent mechanics right on through.

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"Even in his 1-for-22 he was swinging the bat a little better," D-backs manager A.J. Hinch said. "He's finding ways to pull himself out of these ruts. Maybe it's a maturity, maybe it's a calmness. He's really got down to the basics of this is what I do, this is who I am. That mentality has led to more consistency."

Last season was one Young would just as soon forget as he needed a red-hot September to pull his average up to .212. During the offseason, he worked with a hitting coach, a track coach as well as a personal trainer.

From Day One of Spring Training, he has appeared more confident and relaxed.

"I don't know when it is during a guy's career that the game slows down, but when it does, it's pretty obvious and I think for him he's starting to enter that phase of his career," Hinch said.

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