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Shift in Joc Pederson's swing gets job done as Dodgers beat Giants, 3-1, to win series

Shift in Joc Pederson's swing gets job done as Dodgers beat Giants, 3-1, to win series

Joc Pederson swears he tried to shorten his swing and drive the ball up the middle in the fifth inning Sunday night when the Dodgers slugger found himself in a 2-and-2 count against hard-throwing right-hander Jeff Samardzija, with a runner aboard and his team down by a run.

Yeah, right, said those who watched Pederson swing from his heels in 2015, an all-or-nothing approach that yielded a rookie season of extremes: 26 homers but 170 strikeouts, fifth-most in the major leagues. He was an All-Star in July and lost his everyday center-field job in August.

But that's Pederson's story, and he's sticking to it, even if the result of his new...

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