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Skelton's Patience a Virtue

Skelton's hard work is paying off

Patience has been a virtue for James Skelton in the Detroit Tigers' organization. Currently in his fourth season with the club, his first in West Michigan, Skelton has begun to show off his offensive capabilities to complement his solid catching game.

Entering Wednesday, he is batting .339, second on the team behind the red-hot Deik Scram. Skelton credits much of this success to working with Whitecaps hitting coach Benny Distefano during extended spring training. "I had a lot of help with going to the opposite field, trying to hit the ball the other way," Skelton said. "After that, everything just came easy." Things weren't always so easy...

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