SEATTLE -- Adam Everett admits it wasn't easy to stick with some of the hitting techniques he was trying in Spring Training, not after a 4-for-44 camp performance that he says was by far the worst of his 10-year Major League career. But he did, and at 5-for-17 entering Friday's series opener against the Mariners, he feels like he's reaping some of the benefits so far.
"I was frustrated," Everett said, "especially there toward the end. It got to the point where everybody was talking about it. [Hitting coach Lloyd McClendon] kept telling me, 'You're fine. You've been through enough Spring Trainings.' But you also want to prove to people that you can still do it, that you're not completely incapable of doing stuff.
"More than anything, I think it was kind of good motivation for me, especially to have that game I had in Milwaukee [when he went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts]. I said, 'OK, that's behind me. Let's just go out and play.'"
The delineation for Everett came on Opening Day with a line-drive single in his first at-bat against 2009 American League Cy Young Award winner Zack Greinke. He carried it from there to the point where he was 4-for-9. He's 1-for-8 since, but that one hit was a double Wednesday off Kansas City's Kyle Davies to start a game-tying rally.
"I just think things are totally different from Spring Training to the season," Everett said. "A great example is [Mark] Teixeira had a tremendous spring, and then he starts the season 0-for-16. Last I checked, he's a pretty darn good hitter."
Manager Jim Leyland said he's very happy with Everett, but that people shouldn't become fixated on offense from him when it isn't the strong part of his game.