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Rockies’ Hawpe certain his bat will be a factor again

For the first half of the season, Brad Hawpe was the hottest Rockies player. He has since gone ice cold, hitting just .238 since playing in his first All-Star Game.

But Hawpe said Sunday he’s not stressing out, in large part because teammates such as Seth Smith and Carlos Gonzalez have caught fire, and also because the Rockies are winning. Hawpe also is certain he will regain his swing.

“When I get a few hits, you’ll know I’m back,” he said. “I’ve done some extra work, but until it translates, I’ll have to stay patient.”



Hawpe, 0-for-3 on Sunday and 1-for-15 on this homestand, had a .320 batting average at the all-star break. Now it’s .291.

“I’ve been (in a slump) every year,” the right fielder said. “For the last 10 years, I’ve gone through the same thing. It’s a long season. So it’s not a big deal until you make it a big deal.”



For more of this Denver Post story: http://www.denverpost.com/rockies/ci_13284263


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