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Watchful Mattingly keeps Loney's swing in line

Watchful Mattingly keeps Loney's swing in line

Watchful Mattingly keeps Loney's swing in line
LOS ANGELES -- James Loney taped a public service announcement for the Vision to Learn Foundation on Monday and had a 15-person camera crew surrounding him in a 20-minute shoot in the batting cage.

About the last thing Dodgers manager Don Mattingly wants is Loney doing anything that will change his batting swing, which is Loney's tendency.

For example, after going 3-for-11 during the three-game series in Milwaukee, Loney struck out in his first at-bat in Houston on Friday night and Mattingly immediately noticed a mechanical difference.

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"I figured he must have taken a roll of quarters and gone to the local batting cage and somebody he knows there changed him," Mattingly said of Loney, who grew up in Houston. "I had [hitting coach Dave Hansen] pull up that at-bat and one from Milwaukee and told James to go look at them. When he came back and said, 'My bad,' that's when I knew he changed something."

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