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Blackmon relies on routine with limited opportunities

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Outfielder Charlie Blackmon hit .336 with 10 doubles, two triples and three home runs with Triple-A Colorado Springs before being called up to the Rockies on May 12. But maintaining his swing with sporadic playing time in the Majors has proved a challenge.

Blackmon entered Sunday's finale hitting 4-for-20 (.200) with a homer and a walk in 21 plate appearances. He was not in the lineup against the Giants, but after having stints in the Majors the past two seasons, he believes he has a sound approach for his role.

Blackmon, who turns 27 on July 1, said veteran former teammate Jason Giambi gave him valuable pointers and he has since put together a routine that makes him comfortable.

"This isn't the first time I've done this, since I've done it the last two years," Blackmon said. "The most important thing is to embrace it and to be mentally locked in, anticipating getting in the game, getting your at-bat, playing in the field. That's what I try to do. It mostly comes down to mental toughness, which is hard for young players that don't have as much experience."

Thomas Harding is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Hardball in the Rockies, and follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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