Scott's consistency keeping him in lineup

Scott's consistency keeping him in lineup

CHICAGO -- Orioles designated hitter Luke Scott has had months like this (he's hitting .346 with eight homers) before. But the most rewarding aspect of Scott's torrid August is that it comes on the heels of an equally productive June and July.

"It's been consistent since May," said Scott, who has made it no secret that he detests the streaky label that often goes hand-in-hand with describing his offensive numbers. "That's the best part. It's a good thing."

Scott homered for the third consecutive game on Tuesday night and has already tied his career high with 25 homers this season. The 32-year-old enters Wednesday's game batting .295 with 59 RBIs and credits his steady offensive numbers to learning to make adjustments and getting consistent playing time.

"I'm not surprised. I have the talent and capability of doing it," Scott said of his career year. "It's just when it comes together.

"I'm getting the opportunity to play every day. I'm not getting platooned as much. I'm getting the chance to play against lefties."

Orioles manager Buck Showalter acknowledged that there might come a time when Scott will be platooned -- but the way he's swinging the bat has earned him a spot in the everyday lineup.

"Sometimes it's what's best for the Orioles as opposed to maybe the player," Showalter said. "Right now, what's best for the Orioles and what's best for Luke are the same thing."