ANAHEIM -- It's been a slow climb for Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer, inevitable when you dig yourself into a deep hitting hole as he did this season.
But Hosmer has made some progress in the last month. On June 23, his average was at .213. After his two hits in Monday night's 6-3 loss to the Angels, he reached .233. That gain of 20 points came as he went 27-for-95 (.284) over a 25-game stretch.
"I've gotten a lot shorter on my swing lately and I'm not missing as many good pitches as I was before, so you take the positives from it and build from it, so I'm moving in the right direction now," Hosmer said.
"You find yourself just trying to do too much and trying to make it all back up, but the reality is, you're not going to make it up in one game or one swing. I think I just got away from my approach a little bit like that, and the positive thing is I learned a lot from it. Anytime now in my career when I get in a slump, I'll be able be able to bust out of it a lot quicker just because of what I learned in the first part of this season."
During that 25-game span, Hosmer's production has included a modest seven RBIs with one home run and six doubles. But it's progress in what began as a very tough second year. He was under .200 until late May.
"The league adjusts to you. There's a book out there and it's a game of adjustments. That's just the way it is; it's a tough league," he said. "The important thing is to finish strong and just continue to learn every day and take it game by game."
He entered Tuesday night's game with a five-game hitting streak in which he was 8-for-19 (.421).