Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 11/17/14
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The Seattle Mariners never quite saw first baseman Justin Smoak get it together in 2010 when the club moved starting pitcher Cliff Lee to the Texas Rangers and got Smoak in return. Last year saw Smoak get off to a good start, but family health issues took him out of the lineup for a bit, and things didn't get going after that. He was hitting .189 this year when he was sent down in late July, and now he's back, the replacement for injured Mike Carp. Smoak is only 25, but if he doesn't start showing the Mariners something in the final month and a half of the season, it's likely Seattle will be looking for someone else to play first base in 2013. When he was sent down, the Mariners told Smoak that they wanted him to shorten his swing. While the overall numbers didn't show much, he had five hits in his last 10 at-bats for Tacoma at the time of the recall. "I wasn't really looking at stats, it was more of just trying to get to where I felt comfortable," Smoak said after reporting...
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