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June 04, 2006

Kevin Millar batted fifth Friday for only the second time this season. He entered the game with a five-game hitting streak that included a home run Thursday night.

Manager Sam Perlozzo likes how Millar has been swinging during games and in batting practice, so he bumped up the first baseman in the order. He also said Millar was working last week with hitting coach Terry Crowley, who made an adjustment to Millar's stance and approach at the plate that seems to be working.

I asked Crowley about this after batting practice. Crowley doesn't like to talk about specific players, but he said that he basically had asked Millar to "do some things, and he tried to do them for me, and maybe in the long run it wasn't what he needed."

This is where the adjustment comes in. It sounds like Crowley made it.

He said Millar brought in a highlight tape from his days in Boston, when he was more of an offensive force, and Crowley noticed some adjustments that he would have to make to get Millar to hit "like his old self again."

"It's different than the way I go about it. He has a unique hitting style. Since we got him back to that unique style, there's been a drastic change in his production and his at-bats."

roch.kubatko@baltsun.com

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