SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Giants second baseman Marco Scutaro makes it look so easy at the plate that you can't blame some of his teammates for trying to duplicate Scutaro's approach. But as outfielder Gregor Blanco learned this spring, Scutaro's swing isn't for everybody.
After working with Scutaro early in camp, Blanco lowered his hands during his swing and tried to use his legs and hips more as he loaded for incoming pitches. The initial result was ugly: Blanco had a .179 average through his first 12 Cactus League games.
"The idea was to try to be more consistent," Blanco said. "But I realized that you can be more consistent by being you. (Scutaro's) approach works for him, but every hitter has his own approach.
San Francisco Giants' Gregor Blanco (7), left, and Andres Torres (56) head to the dugout during spring training at Scottsdale Stadium in Scottsdale, Ariz., on Monday, Feb. 18, 2013. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Staff)
I've got mine."
Blanco scrapped the changes and has had better at-bats in recent days, which, to the relief of manager Bruce Bochy, coincided with Andres Torres' return to health. A left field platoon that had been shaky for much of the spring is coming together at the perfect time.