Smoak tries to keep approach consistent

Smoak tries to keep approach consistent

SEATTLE -- Some time at Triple-A seems to have done Justin Smoak good.

Spending just shy of a month with Tacoma after failing to get his bat jump-started all season, Smoak has produced better results since rejoining the Mariners on August 14. The first baseman is 4-for-13 (.308) in four games since his return and on Saturday he had his first multi-extra base hit game since May 30.

Smoak, though, is just trying to get to a point where he can have the same routine each day.

"You figure out something that you feel works and try to stick with it," he said. "That's something that in the past, things will be going well and I'll be trying to do too much and things started to hit the fan. You've got to be a good hitter before you can hit home runs. That's something that I'm trying to do now, keep it simple and not try to do too much."