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MLBeat: Mohr heating up
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09/11/2002 12:32 pm ET 
MLBeat: Mohr heating up
Rookie outfielder went 3-for-4 in Tuesday's victory
By Mark Sheldon / MLB.com

Dustan Mohr rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run Tuesday. (Ron Frehm/AP)
MINNEAPOLIS -- The successful swings that had rookie outfielder Dustan Mohr off to a fast start this season had left him for a while. This week, they appear to be back once again.

Mohr entered Wednesday 4-for-11 on the Twins' homestand, including a 3-for-4 night with a solo home run in Tuesday's 11-4 win over Detroit.

"I hadn't been swinging the bat that well lately," Mohr said. "But the last couple of days, I felt good and I'm just trying to have good at-bats and if I get hits, that's a bonus. I can't really go up there thinking about results. I just have to go up there and give myself a chance."

Overall, Mohr is batting.277 with 12 homers and 44 RBIs. But at the All-Star break, he was batting .296 with seven home runs and 27 RBIs. He's only hit .233 since the break with five homers and 14 RBIs, which has prompted him to try a slightly different approach.

"I'm a little bit more selective lately, trying to swing at strikes," Mohr said. "You can't really control if you get a hit or not. Just have a good at-bat, you go up and swing at strikes and if you get out, you get out."

Like many Twins players, Mohr didn't let his defense go while he was slumping at the plate. He is regarded for his all-out almost break-neck approach for making plays in the field. Recently, Mohr made a terrific diving catch for an out in last weekend's series vs. the A's and cut off what could have been an extra-base hit Monday against the Tigers.

"Dustan's been playing very well out there, defensively especially," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "I know he's gotten some big hits for us. But defensively, he's played really well on this homestand."

"That's the one thing I really take a lot of pride in," Mohr said. "At times, it's overlooked. Everyone likes offense and people like to look at offensive stats. There are a lot of things you can do on defense that don't really show up in the books. Anytime you can keep a guy from taking an extra base or take a hit away from somebody, that really picks up your pitcher."

Fantasy edge: The Twins' troubles vs. left-handed pitching has been well documented, but here is a positive sign. When Minnesota faces Cleveland's scheduled starter C.C. Sabathia Thursday, lefty-hitter Corey Koskie will enter with a .455 average (5-for-11) against the big left-handed pitcher.

Mark Sheldon covers the Twins for MLB.com and can be reached at marksheldon@twinsbaseball.com. This article was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.



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