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Orioles' Trey Mancini appears to be settling back into groove at the plate

Orioles outfielder Trey Mancini finally had to work his way out of a prolonged hitting slump over the final two weeks of April. But he seems to have rediscovered the sweet swing that allowed him to make a dynamic major league debut in September and follow it up with a power surge in his first few games this year.

From April 16 through the end of the month, he went 3-for-31 with just one homer and three RBIs and watched his batting average drop from .381 to .212.

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If that caused him to lose any confidence in himself, it didn't show, and he has bounced back to drive in five runs in his past three games, including a three-RBI performance in Saturday night's 6-5 victory over the Chicago White Sox that included his sixth home run of the season.

He said afterward that he really is living the dream.

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"I still have to pinch myself sometimes that I'm here and contributing to the team," Mancini said. "That's all I want to do every day is get to the park every day and in some way contribute to a win and try to do everything right as well and play as hard as I can."

Though there have been challenges both learning pitchers and moving from first base to a semi-regular role in the outfield, Mancini said he's feeling more comfortable every day.

"Every day you get more confident," he said. "It's a learning process -- defensively especially. I'd say the transition in the outfield is still a learning experience. I learn a lot from these guys and the staff."

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