Gordon back in the swing of things at leadoff

Gordon back in the swing of things at leadoff

LOS ANGELES -- Dee Gordon continues to show the promise that was seen heading into the season after a slow start to 2012. On Friday, he went 1-for-3 with a run and a pair of walks as he continues to find ways to get on base at the top of the Dodgers' order.

Gordon was benched late in May after struggling through the first month of the season and after spending time at the bottom of the order, the shortstop is giving the Dodgers some consistency in the leadoff spot.

"As we put him back in, we put him in the back of the order to take pressure off, knowing we wanted him back up there," manager Don Mattingly said. "He did well back there with the hitting part, but it stagnates back there. What he really does for this club doesn't really show out of that eight-hole."

Mattingly said Gordon seems calmer these days and the intention of the benching was to have him step back, watch some games and do some work without having to compete.

So far, the thought process has worked.

Gordon scored eight runs and stolen seven bases in the last 10 games entering Saturday night's contest. He has also walked in four of his last five games.