d'Arnaud snaps 0-for-21 drought with homer

March, 22, 2014
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JUPITER, Fla. -- Travis d'Arnaud had been hitless in 21 straight at-bats and batting .125 (4-for-32) in Grapefruit League play. So hitting coach Dave Hudgens spent Friday working with the catcher.

After that day regrouping, d'Arnaud snapped that skid with a two-run homer in his first at-bat Saturday, against Miami Marlins left-hander Brad Hand.

"I'm seeing the ball well," d'Arnaud said. "I'm just over-swinging. Yesterday me and 'Hudgy' just worked on keeping my eye on the ball. If you keep your eye on the ball, you have a higher chance of succeeding than when you don't see the ball hit the bat."

Last year, d'Arnaud also was guilty of over-swinging, although that involved "wrapping" his bat at the start of his swing.

"This year I'm just pulling my head," d'Arnaud said. "That's all it is right now."
Adam Rubin has covered the Mets since 2003. He's a graduate of Mepham High School on Long Island and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He joined ESPNNewYork after spending 10 years at the New York Daily News.
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