SEATTLE -- Despite a slow start to the season offensively, Dustin Ackley isn't spending any extra time worrying. "I don't look at it as frustrating overall," he said. "It's still real early. ... It's something I feel like I'll continue to improve, my swing is getting better, and it's just a matter of time before things start happening." Ackley, who has been the regular leadoff hitter since Chone Figgins moved into a utility role in early May, said he has seen a few things in his swing that he's been doing wrong. Those have spurred minor adjustments, he said.
"They're not huge adjustments. It's not like I'm batting .100 right now and can't even see a pitch," said Ackley, who received a rare off day on Wednesday. "If I was swinging at pitches in the dirt or doing a lot of bad things, I'd be a little more worried, but I'm still seeing the ball well, still scratching out hits and I'm still in the .230, .240 range in the first month. I feel I'm right within striking distance, and hopefully I get hot here soon."