BALTIMORE -- Carlos Pena was back in the lineup Wednesday night after getting two hits Sunday. Most importantly, those hits went to the opposite field, beating the shift.
Pena has struggled offensively this season in no small part due to the shift employed against him by opposing teams, which have taken away countless hits from the pull-hitting Rays slugger.
Sunday "felt really, really good," Pena said. "The last few days or last week or so, I've been trying to get back to being myself. Or what I call being myself. ... To go back to the simplest form of me that I can remember, and that's what I've been trying to do. That's me right there, hitting a couple of balls the other way, letting the ball get deep in the zone and trusting my hands and trusting my eyes."
Pena said he does better when he is "totally letting go of all thought."
"Just see the ball and trust that my ability will be there," Pena said. "That's the way I used to do it. It was really simple. And that's what I'm trying to get back to, the origins of me. Because I think as you go along and make adjustments, adjustments, adjustments, sometimes they may work and work and work. But every time you do one, you get farther and farther away from home. From the real you, that's a dangerous spot to venture to. Because next thing you know, you will not be able to find your way back."