02/28/11 6:49 PM EST
Brown off to slow start as he plays with stance
"I'm just trying to feel comfortable," he said Monday after a 6-3 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium. "I'm just trying to stay with the same approach. I've been working all winter with it. It's the first couple days I'm seeing pitches. I know it's going to happen. I'm not stressing about anything."
Brown is 0-for-9 with two walks and six strikeouts in three Grapefruit League games. He went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts Monday.
Brown has been working on his stance since the end of last season. He has tried to lower his hands, and he has not found the perfect spot yet. He held his hands much lower in the batter's box Sunday against the New York Yankees at Bright House Field, where he went 0-for-3 with three strikeouts. He held his hands noticeably higher Monday, but still lower than they were last season when he played with the Phillies.
"I'm moving them around, trying to find a good neutral spot, not too high, not too low," Brown said. "Make sure they feel good and comfortable. The spot I had them today felt really well. Yesterday, it felt like they were too low.
"I felt like I was a left-handed Sammy Sosa, and that's not my style."
Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said he is not concerned with Brown, although Brown is competing for a job on the big league roster. Ben Francisco went 1-for-2 with one RBI and one walk. Francisco is hitting .571 (4-for-7) with one double, one triple, one home run, four RBIs and two walks in three Grapefruit League games.
John Mayberry Jr., who also is in the competition, is 1-for-7 with one strikeout and one stolen base in three games.
"I think it's his balance and stuff," Manuel said of Brown. "He's been trying. He's been over-swinging. Today he quieted down some. He kind of slowed down a little bit at the plate."
Brown sounded upbeat after the game. If he is upset or disappointed or frustrated, he is not letting on.
"No, man, no," he said. "I barely ever get frustrated with anything. I know it's a game first. But I'm ready for this thing to start rolling a little bit. I'm getting a little anxious. I'm feeling good in the box."
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