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WASHINGTON -- Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche is showing signs of life at the plate. In his three games against the Pirates over the weekend, LaRoche was 4-for-7 (.571) with five walks.

It helped that he had a one-hour conversation with former Braves teammate Chipper Jones and Nationals hitting coach Rick Eckstein early last week. Eckstein and Jones came to the conclusion that LaRoche's back side -- shoulder and hand -- was dropping.

"Personally, I've come a long way from a week ago. We are on the right track, so we are getting closer," said LaRoche, who saw his batting average go from 136 to .168 this past weekend. "Between Chip and Eck and the three of us sitting down, we dissected the swing and they made some great points. We were trying to compare notes."

Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the time. He also could be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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