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Pirates | Steve Pearce eliminating leg kick

Pittsburgh Pirates OF Steve Pearce eliminated the leg kick in his swing roughly a week ago in order to simplify his mechanics at the plate, according to MLB.com's Jenifer Langosch. "You don't want to take away what's natural but you definitely want to be simplified, so things can be maintained very easily," hitting coach Gregg Ritchie said. "There is a magnitude of things that it's going to accomplish. He is seeing the ball bigger, eliminating the strikeouts, putting the ball in play and hitting the ball on the money." Pearce is feeling good and has reached base in five of his last eight spring at-bats. He is competing with 3Bs Garrett Atkins, Andy Marte and Josh Fields for a corner utility role.

2011-03-17 13:20:18 | Source: MLB.com - Jenifer Langosch

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