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Carter waiting on power surge

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ARLINGTON -- Through 11 games last season, Astros designated hitter Chris Carter already had four home runs and seven RBIs en route to leading the Astros with 29 homers and 82 RBIs. Carter played in his 11th game of the 2014 season on Saturday and was still searching for his first homer.

"I hit a few balls hard," he said. "There were a few balls at home that hit the wall. I'm not worried about it right now. They'll fall eventually."

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ARLINGTON -- Through 11 games last season, Astros designated hitter Chris Carter already had four home runs and seven RBIs en route to leading the Astros with 29 homers and 82 RBIs. Carter played in his 11th game of the 2014 season on Saturday and was still searching for his first homer.

"I hit a few balls hard," he said. "There were a few balls at home that hit the wall. I'm not worried about it right now. They'll fall eventually."

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The absence of power from Carter hasn't stopped the Astros from ranking second in the American League in home runs entering Saturday with 14, five of which came in one game. Nine different players had homered.

"Let's hope the first one comes today and bunches come right after," Astros manager Bo Porter said.

Carter hit his first four homers a year ago in a four-game span on the road, which was the first in a couple of spurts in which he went deep frequently. The slugger entered Saturday hitting .143 and was trying to shake an 0-for-14 slump.

"I still feel alright," he said. "I'm not pressing or anything right now."

Carter admitted he pressed at times last year.

"Last year, there were times it was rough and I had to really get in the cage and work on things," he said. "Right now, I still feel like everything is going well and it will be OK."

Brian McTaggart is reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Tag's Lines. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter.

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