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(updated 5/11) Chavez: I know the hourglass is running out

"I'm not swinging the bat well, and they've got a guy in Triple-A who hit 25-plus home runs three straight years," Chavez said. "I know I've got to get it going. Ever since I've been here, I always felt the need and pressure for me to be productive. Only difference this year, this is the last year of my contract." "I know the hourglass is running out. The team is playing well and needs a productive DH. Trust me, I want to be the guy. I want to be productive. I don't want to hit .200 the last two years of my career and be absolutely terrible." and from the Mercury News article of 5/11: "The main thing is consistency with his timing and his tempo, that's what it is," A's hitting coach Jim Skaalen said. "That affects pitch selection, the effort in his swing, and the (swing) path itself. ... I honestly love what I'm seeing with him. He looks loose, he looks quick. It's just about the consistency of the approach, and then getting a good pitch to hit." Beane also weighs in: Citing the team's many injuries so far, A's general manager Billy Beane indicated Chavez will remain in the lineup to get a chance to shake his struggles. "The best thing is, he has been healthy, and that's more than what you can say for about 40 percent of the club," Beane said. "We're trying to patch together a team. There are no rules when you try to field a team on a daily basis when you have 10 guys on the disabled list."

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