Adam Dunn hit a two-run homer to left field Saturday to tie the game at 2. Over his 13-year big-league career, the powerful lefty has been what you’d call a dead pull hitter, but lately he’s been hitting the ball to the opposite field more frequently.
“I don't think it's always that easy, 'Just hit the ball to left field,'” Sox manager Robin Ventura said about Dunn’s change in approach. “You grow up hitting a certain way and that's the way you hit for most of your life. But he's made an adjustment to kind of [make the defense] be a little more honest and play him straight up."
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Did Dunn decide to change, or was he prodded by the coaching staff?
“It was probably a little bit of both,” Ventura said. “Him straightening up the defense – now we're seeing teams, they don't play the big shift on him. You don't see the second baseman out in right field. I think it just makes it a little more fair for him when he goes to the plate, making them a little more honest about playing him straight up."