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Work this spring paying off for Francoeur

Work this spring paying off for Francoeur

DENVER -- During Spring Training, Mets manager Jerry Manuel subjected Jeff Francoeur to hours of hitting drills, first forcing him to swing at pitches well out of the strike zone, then asking him to swing only at pitches directly in his comfort zone.

The work appears to have helped. With a fourth-inning single on Thursday, Francoeur extended his season-opening hitting streak to nine games, the third-longest such streak in franchise history. Dating back to last season, Francoeur has hit in 12 straight games.

Now at .438 on the season, Francoeur is batting .324 overall since joining the Mets last July.

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"I feel great," he said. "I don't know if I've felt this locked in in a long time."

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