Baseball's nuances had haunted Hosmer, who hit .293 with 19 homers and 78 RBIs in his rookie season in 2011.
"You could hit a ball hard one day and have nothing to show for it," Hosmer said, "and come out and get two or three bloop hits and have two or three hits to show for it. That's just baseball. You just have to keep plugging along."
When hard-hit balls are routinely finding their ways into fielders' gloves, it helps to launch a pitch over the outfield fence. Hosmer took matters into his own hands on Wednesday, belting a two-run homer in the fifth inning to give Kansas City a four-run lead. Hosmer reached base four times in Wednesday's 8-2 win, which snapped a 12-game losing streak.
With five hits, three walks and two round-trippers in his last three games, Hosmer appears to be turning the corner.
"I'm getting there," he said. "It's still early, and we have plenty of time, so you try not to look at the numbers right now. You try to just build off the positives. I feel good where I'm at now. It's only a matter of time before I start taking off."