8/28 Power outage

It’s been nearly one month since Alfonso Soriano’s last home run, July 29.

“It’s been a long time,” Lou Piniella said. “[On Thursday], he had better at-bats. I’d like to see Alfonso get hot and hit for some power, more for himself than anything else.”

Piniella doesn’t feel Soriano’s left knee is the reason for the power outage.

“He hasn’t been happy about this either,” Piniella said. “I told him a few days ago that I’m really pulling for him. I’d love to see him get really hot. It’s been a struggle. One thing about him, he likes to play and he works hard and there’s no quit in him.”

What if he switched to a lighter bat? Soriano uses a 33-ounce model year-round.

“I don’t know,” Piniella said. “It’s been suggested, that’s all I know. I don’t have an answer as to whether it would help or not.”

— Carrie Muskat

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