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Hitting coach HoJo focusing on turnaround

Hitting coach HoJo focusing on turnaround

LOS ANGELES -- The results at the plate have been dismal for the Mets.

On Thursday night, they were shut out for the third time in a single road trip for the first time since 1981. They haven't scored more than four runs in their last 13 games. They're 5-for-36 with runners in scoring position since the All-Star break, and hitting .198 with the bases loaded on the season, the worst mark in the Majors.

On Thursday, general manager Omar Minaya said that manager Jerry Manuel's job was safe. On Friday, hitting coach Howard Johnson said he isn't worried about his own position, just righting the ship.

"No, I don't worry," Johnson said. "First of all, I can't control it. Second of all, it's just not me. I don't operate that way. My experience is that you just take a good approach every day, every day is different even when your team is scoring a lot of runs. It's just some bad luck right now for us."

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