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Justin Smoak Demoted To Triple-A By Mariners

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Justin Smoak was demoted to Triple-A Tacoma by the Mariners on Monday night as he saw his average dip down to .189 in the middle of a 1-25 slump. 

"I think everybody has seen what's going on," Smoak told Mariners.com. "It's one of those things where you go down there and get your work in and get back to where I was a couple months ago.

"It's a matter of getting that feel and finding something day-in and day-out that gets you to where you want to be."

The Stratford alum still leads the team in homeruns with 13 and he was the American League Player of the Week in late May. He also hit five home runs in a 10-game stretch at one point, but hasn't put things together as the Mariners hoped this year at the plate.

"I believe in Justin Smoak. I believe he's going to be a part of this," Manager Eric Wedge said. "But right now we feel this is the right thing to do for him."

"You never want to get sent down," Smoak told the website. "You're definitely not happy. But it's something you've got to go through sometimes to get where you want to be.

"You take a deep breath down there. They don't have this every day," he said. "It's something where you can go down there and get your work in and do what you need to do to get better."

"Baseball is baseball, big leagues, Triple-A, rookie ball," he said. "It's just one of those things where you've got to keep working. I've definitely shown I can play here and belong here, so it's just one of those things where I've got to go down there. I've got some work to do."

Smoak was the 11th overall pick of the 2008 draft out of South Carolina by the Texas Rangers. He was traded to the Mariners in 2010 as the centerpiece of a deal that sent ace pitcher Cliff Lee to the Rangers. In 313 career games the Lowcountry native has a .215 average with 41 homers and 141 RBI. 

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