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three-run homer against the Yankees on July 6 was his third home run in seven games after he hit just one in his previous 24 games. In his last 13 games through July 8 he was hitting .325 with a 1.113 OPS (on-base plus slugging percentage).
“(My) timing has been a little better,” Smoak said. “Trying not to do too much, and that’s what happens.”
Although he began the week with only a .241 batting average for the season, he led AL first basemen with 52 walks and a .362 on-base percentage.
“I know what he means to us and to me,” manager
said. “He really turned it on last year for us . ... He’s started to heat up again a little bit.”
❚ Gibbons’ mother, Sallie, threw out the ceremonial first pitch to her son July 6. She told SportsNet throwing out a first pitch had been on her “bucket list” for a long time, and on her 80th birthday last month she told her son, “John, I won’t be here forever. Better do it now.”