Damon hopes big game ends recent slump

Damon hopes big game ends recent slump

CLEVELAND -- His numbers don't show it, but Indians outfielder Johnny Damon has hit the ball much harder over the last couple of weeks.

Damon lifted several pitches to the warning track during the team's last homestand, but none of them left the park. He's hitting just .158 this season.

Sometimes Damon wonders how many home runs he would have if he still played his home games at Yankee Stadium.

"I'm always thinking about that," Damon said, smiling. "You never like to miss a ball by a foot or two feet because you think of so many different things -- if you were using a maple bat, if you were just a bit quicker, if the wind wasn't blowing. You think about all those things."

Damon finally recorded his first home run of the season Sunday against the White Sox, a three-run shot off Gavin Floyd. For the first time since Sept. 30, 2011, Damon didn't have to wonder what could have been if he had hit it just a little bit harder.

"Hopefully, it's a sign of things to come," Damon said. "Hopefully, I'll get hot sometime soon."