That included more than a new mindset, turns out. Tabata confirmed that a few months ago he had something removed that had been a part of him, literally -- the Clemente tattoo on his left upper chest.
But Tabata still plays with Clemente in his heart, and still plays with PNC Park's Clemente Wall at his back. He drew another start in right field Tuesday night, against Brewers right-hander Kyle Lohse, and went 3-for-5 with two doubles in the 4-3, 12-inning win over Milwaukee to up his batting average to .294 for the season.
Pirates manager Clint Hurdle didn't have to think too hard about starting him -- Tabata entered the game with a lifetime .476 (10-for-21) average against Lohse.
"And there aren't too many guys in the game who are 10-for-21 against Lohse," Hurdle said.
Tabata, 12-for-26 in his last six starts, may be back in the lineup on Wednesday, as he's 4-for-10 against Yovani Gallardo, Milwaukee's scheduled starter.