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Borbon's surge comes with new approach

Borbon's surge comes with new approach

MIAMI -- Rangers outfielder Julio Borbon hit his first home run of the season on Wednesday night in a 6-3 win over the Marlins, ending a drought of 269 at-bats dating back to Sept. 8 of last season. The home run was no accident.

Both Borbon and Rangers manager Ron Washington said his surge at the plate began when he started swinging the bat with authority rather than trying to finesse his way all the time as a "punch-and-judy," contact-and-speed guy.

"Before, I wasn't being aggressive," Borbon said. "Even when I had a count of 2-0 or 3-1, I was taking bad swings and not being aggressive. I need to be more aggressive when I get my pitch and the ball is in my zone. I know I can drive the ball to all fields and get the extra base."


Borbon entered Thursday with a .609 slugging percentage for the month of June. He had .250 slugging percentage in April and a .292 slugging percentage in May