Borbon trying to restore skipper's confidence

Borbon trying to restore skipper's confidence

MINNEAPOLIS -- Julio Borbon had two hits and two RBIs on Saturday. It was a good day for him -- and a much-needed offensive output.

Borbon was in an 0-for-8 skid when he notched a pair of run-scoring singles off of Twins starter Carl Pavano.

"It felt good," Borbon said. "I've been working on things. But you want things to show up on the field rather than just in the batting cage. Other than that, I haven't changed mentally.

"I have the same approach, the same attitude and the same intensity, whether I'm 0-for-2 or taken out of the game. I stay positive and keep plugging until things click."

Borbon is producing. He went into Sunday's game hitting .327 (16-for-49) in his past 18 games and he is hitting .290 in 34 games since dropping to the ninth spot in the order. The one dark mark is a 4-for-28 split against left-handers, and manager Ron Washington has started pinch-hitting for him in the late innings recently.

"If I was doing more, I could keep all my at-bats," Borbon said. "The way things are going, it's something I understand. I need to find a way to keep me in there and not just talk about it."