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Scott working his way through slump

Scott working his way through slump

TORONTO -- Luke Scott may not know the exact numbers, but he can sense a trend. Baltimore's left fielder went into Wednesday's game with an 0-for-12 skid and a .077 batting average (2-for-26) in July, a skid he said goes beyond the normal course of events for a streaky hitter and well past the boundary of frustration.

"I go through it like I went through the last one," he said. "I just keep working hard and do the best I can. I hate it more than anything in the world. I can't stand it. But it doesn't matter who we are or what we do. We all go through difficult times."

Scott, who's hit .261 with 14 homers this year, said Wednesday that he's only had one season in which he didn't have a slump. That was 2006, but he wasn't able to take any grand life lessons out of that campaign.

"That year, for pretty much the whole year, I was good," said Scott. "I was consistent. If I knew why, I'd have done it many times over. But it's a game, and you go through it."

Scott tries to keep that in perspective, and he doesn't try to sweat himself out of a slump. He works hard but doesn't attempt to work any harder than he does when he's hitting well. Instead, he sticks to the same habits. Scott, a devoutly religious man, calms himself by reading scripture and prepares himself by consulting with hitting coach Terry Crowley.

"I just try and work smarter, see what I'm doing wrong," he said on Wednesday. "I check video to see if I can see anything mechanically I'm doing, but most of it's mental. Most of it's feel. A few times, I've had a big strike zone at the plate, and you feel like you've got to hit everything. That will get you in a slump, but you've just got to keep working."

"Usually, when that happens, you're taking the good ones and swinging at the bad ones," added Baltimore manager Dave Trembley. "That's really what I see now. The good ones that he's getting, he's fouling off."

Trembley went on to say that Scott is a streak hitter, which by its very nature means that he'll have his hot weeks and his cold ones. And as manager, Trembley said the best thing he can do is just keep writing Scott's name into the lineup.

"The best thing to do is not draw attention to it," he said. "If you draw attention to it, you give them one more thing to think about, and I believe that's the last thing that you want to happen. It's hard enough playing the game and hitting the ball. You give them other things to think about, I think it clouds their ability to just go out and play."

Spencer Fordin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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