Pena in midst of sustained power surge

Pena in midst of sustained power surge

CLEVELAND -- Entering Thursday, Carlos Pena had hit five home runs in his last 16 games, and four of them were game-tying or go-ahead blasts. Prior to that stretch, Pena had only four long balls in his previous 49 games (April 25-June 17).

"I think it's feel in my opinion," Pena said when asked about the stretch. "It would go against human nature to ignore feel. You may have the most perfect swing, but I'd rather have a not-so-perfect swing and feel good."

Pena noted that when he's going well, the mechanical details of his swing are out of mind.

"Usually, when it's kept simplest, it's the best, even though you do have to pay attention to some issues that may be hindering your swing," Pena said. "... There are times when you have to pay attention to mechanics, but ideally you want to be as clear as you can."