SEATTLE -- Brett Lawrie's season has been frustrating, as the Blue Jays' third baseman hasn't been able to get going offensively. Part of the struggles come from missing a number of games due to injuries.
But Lawrie is quickly starting to turn it around, and he entered Tuesday's game against the Mariners with an eight-game hitting streak. During the streak, Lawrie has hit .414 (12-for-29) with a pair of home runs and a 1.192 OPS.
"It's important to get games under your belt, consistency," Lawrie said. "Just keep playing and playing and playing and getting more opportunities. The more opportunities you get, things are going to happen.
"Fortunately for myself, I'm in a good spot. [I'm] talking to some of the guys on the team just about hitting and just going up there with a mindset and a good approach and sticking to that approach. Getting my work in every day and just continuing to try to get better at this game, because you learn something new each day."
Manager John Gibbons has noticed quite a few changes when Lawrie's at the plate.
"He's fouling off some tough pitches, where earlier he was swinging and missing and he was out," Gibbons said. "He's using the whole field now. That's big. Unless you're just a guy that hits a ton of home runs ... you got to take hits the other way."
Josh Liebeskind is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less