Dan Uggla hit his second home run in as many days during Thursday's 6-4 loss to the Phillies, and hopes his new approach to spring will him help avoid another of his notorious slow starts to the season.

The second baseman is hitting .308 with team-highs of three homers, five extra-base hits and seven RBIs in 26 at-bats.

"The last few years I think I've been going about it too passively [in spring training], trying to see pitches instead of getting my timing," Uggla said, referring to the practice of hitters taking or "tracking" more pitches than usual during spring training.