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Dodgers: Justin Turner On His Big Adjustment in the Batter’s Box

Since 2014, Dodgers fans have got to enjoy third baseman Justin Turner perfect his craft as a major league hitter. The two-time All-Star has been a linchpin in the lineup for the better part of eight seasons. This year, Turner has made an an adjustment in his stance to help him see the ball better and help him get his bat to pitches in on his hands. 

Turner has featured a slightly more open stance this season and after weeks of subpar results, he had his breakthrough on Friday night. The Dodgers captain launched a two-run home run to left field off of Tigers pitcher Tyler Anderson to give the Dodgers a 2-0 lead.

During an on-field postgame interview with SportsNet LA’s Kirsten Watson, JT talked about hitting his first longball of the 2022 season.

“Felt good to get my first one of the year out of the way, put us ahead two nothing and give Tyler a chance to go out and attack their hitters.”

The bearded slugger also talked to reporters in the locker room about feeling more comfortable in the box with his new batting stance. 

“Definitely feeling a lot better, feeling like I’m hitting balls a lot harder. Giving myself more [of a] chance to get more hits.”

“Yeah I mean there’s a few other things in there, but opening up definitely has helped. I feel like I’m seeing the ball better, putting better swings on the ball and hitting the ball harder.”

On the season, Turner is slashing .209/.257/.299, but hopefully, Friday night was the start of hitting hot streak.

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Eric Eulau

Born and raised in Ventura, not "Ven-CH-ura", California. Favorite Dodger Stadium food is the old school chocolate malt with the wooden spoon. Host of the Dodgers Nation 3 Up, 3 Down Podcast.

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