David DeJesus is locked in and ready for the regular season.
The Chicago Cubs center fielder extended his hitting streak to 11 games in a 7-6 victory over a Los Angeles Angels split squad on Saturday.
DeJesus is 17 for 34 (.500) during his hitting string. He had two hits, including an RBI single in a four-run seventh inning that erased Chicago's three-run deficit.
''I'm seeing the ball as well as I ever have right now,'' DeJesus said. ''I know the regular season is close and you'd like all these hits to count, but I'm not going to rush it. The more pitches I see, the better I feel. I'm going to keep building on this momentum and turn it into a successful start to the season.''
The Cubs could use one from their leadoff hitter. DeJesus hit .263 with a .350 on-base percentage and 50 RBIs in 2012, his first season in Chicago.
DeJesus thinks he might have found the key to improved hitting, and it comes with improved focus.
''I'm paying close attention to the inner half of the ball,...