7/24 Star power

Starlin Castro is on an amazing tear. The 20-year-old shortstop is batting .489 in his last 11 games, and missed hitting for the cycle by a triple on Saturday. He has four straight multi-hit games and eight in his last 11.

Batting second has helped. That’s where Castro hit in the Minor Leagues and that’s where he’s comfortable. He still has work to do and goes to the cage every day with hitting coach Rudy Jaramillo, thinking about hitting to right and center.

His home run Saturday came off the first pitch from St. Louis’ Blake Hawksworth.

“It’s a good percentage that every home run I hit will be on the first pitch,” Castro said. “I like to swing at the first pitch.”

Tyler Colvin played with Castro in the Minors last year. What so impressive about Castro?

“His ability to adjust so quick,” Colvin said. “He’s hitting every ball hard that he puts in play. That’s what I’m used to seeing from last year [at Double-A Tennessee].”

— Carrie Muskat

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