Arencibia not a singles guy

MIKE RUTSEY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:16 AM ET

TORONTO - Blue Jays catcher J.P. Arencibia has an aversion to hitting singles recently.

Over his past 11 games, Arencibia has gone 8-for-39 (.205), with all eight hits going for extra bases. He has five home runs (including the one he hit Friday) and three doubles (including the two he stroked Thursday). The last time he stroked a single was July 10.

Arencibia, who is hitting .220 on the season with 17 home runs and 48 RBIs, said he had been getting too mechanical at the plate and is now going back to the old see-the-ball, hit-the-ball approach.

"I'm just trying not to think. For a while I was trying to figure out what I was doing (wrong) and I was thinking mechanically and I was trying to think mechanically when I was hitting. Hitting is hard enough and you go out there and you're trying to think about things and the guy is throwing a fastball at you and it doesn't work out well. So now I'm just trying to keep it simple, see the ball, hit the ball."

RED NOT DEAD

Right-hander Jesse Litsch, he of the shocking red hair, was back at Rogers Centre Friday ready to embark on his new career as a member of the bullpen.

In his major-league career, over parts of five seasons, Litsch has made 67 starts and just one relief appearance. But for the time being, the 'pen it will be as Litsch attempts to resurrect his career which has been derailed the past three seasons due to a variety of injuries.

"I've come up here open-minded and I'll take it as it comes," he said. "I've never done it before (for any stretch of time) so I've got to go out there and learn on the fly. Hopefully good comes out of it."

As a starter, Litsch throws six different pitches, four of them being variations of his fastball, and he plans to stick with them even though most starters turned relievers usually drop their weakest pitches and go with just two or three.

"It's going to be interesting how to mix all of them in two innings," he said. "I'll just go with it and maybe cut out a couple of pitches, I don't know. But I've got six that work well."


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