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Aggressiveness helping Holaday at plate

Aggressiveness helping Holaday at plate

Aggressiveness helping Holaday at plate

DETROIT -- Bryan Holaday entered the season as a defensive-only catcher, and he'll always be known as a defense-first backstop. So far, though, he's holding his own at the plate.

He isn't on the offensive tear he was enjoying last month, when he hit .307 at Triple-A Toledo with a .354 on-base percentage. Still, his .259 average and .702 OPS with the Mud Hens would both be the highest for a season in his professional career.

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Holaday credits a more aggressive approach at the plate.

"I'm not trying to do much," Holaday said, "but just be more aggressive when I get my pitch and take a good swing at it rather than waiting until I have two strikes, like I did last year. I've worked with [Mud Hens hitting coach] Bull [Durham] down at Toledo, and that's the main thing."

Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. Read Beck's Blog and follow him on Twitter @beckjason. Bobby Nightengale is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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