Orioles hitting coach Terry Crowley met privately today with center fielder Adam Jones, who entered tonight's game with a .204 average and .228 on-base percentage. It was part pep-talk, part instructional.
"I think from this point forward you're going to see a better Adam Jones," Crowley said. "He hit some balls really far early in the year for some home runs and we might have gotten too thrilled with those home runs and forgot about getting back to the basics of being a good hitter, a line drive hitter. Short swing, be a tough out, take whatever home runs come.
"We actually had a sit-down today and we talked about some things, and I was really pleased with his batting practice today. I'd like to draw a line from this point on and see what happens."
Crowley is accepting responsibility for Jones falling into bad habits.
"Everything we do, I put the 'OK' on, and it's my fault," Crowley said. "I let something go a little too far and now I want to get back to where we were. You're going to see a better hitter from this point on."
Crowley doesn't reveal many specifics about his hitting sessions, almost treating them like doctor-patient confidentiality. That's as much as I was going to get out of him.
The early results are encouraging. Jones led off the bottom of the first inning with a single into left field, took third on Nick Markakis' double and scored on Matt Wieters' single.
Markakis raced home on Miguel Tejada's sacrifice fly.
Orioles, 2, Boston 0.
Update: J.D. Drew's home run in the top of the second inning was the first allowed by David Hernandez this season. The Orioles hadn't scored in the first inning since April 21 in Seattle. They hadn't scored multiple runs in the first since April 11 vs. Toronto.