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Slimmed-down Avi reaping diet's rewards

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CHICAGO -- Avisail Garcia has a recipe for weight loss that could translate into better results on the baseball field.

Less steak, and more chicken and fish.

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CHICAGO -- Avisail Garcia has a recipe for weight loss that could translate into better results on the baseball field.

Less steak, and more chicken and fish.

View Full Game Coverage

The White Sox right fielder said he has lost about 18 pounds, and is already seeing a promising payoff in the young season. Garcia went 3-for-4 with his first home run and fell a double shy of the cycle as the White Sox beat the Twins 6-2 on Saturday at Guaranteed Rate Field.

Video: MIN@CWS: A. Garcia drills a two-run homer to center

"I feel more alive," said Garcia, who is 8-for-16 at the plate. "I lost a lot of weight, and I feel more alive and more confident."

Garcia said he dropped the pounds to run faster, and as a result, his legs feel better every day. He's listed at 6-foot-4, 240 pounds. He got in shape by working out at 5 a.m. and replacing some of his steak meals with chicken and fish.

"I don't want to get fat," he said.

Garcia's two-run home run during a three-run sixth Saturday traveled 442 feet, and had an exit velocity of 107.3 mph, according to Statcast™.

"He's just been trying to work middle, the other way, a little bit more consistently," White Sox manager Rick Renteria said. "He's not trying to hit homers. He's just trying to have good at-bats. He's finding when he chokes up a little bit with two strikes, it allows the ball to travel a little bit deeper. He's a strong man. If he puts the barrel on the baseball, it has a chance to travel and it happened today."

Garcia also hit an RBI triple in the second. He scored when he was picked off of third after an unsuccessful bunt attempt by Geovany Soto. Third baseman Miguel Sano committed a throwing error on the play, allowing Garcia to score.

Video: MIN@CWS: A. Garcia scores on an error during rundown

"I was a little bit surprised. I'm happy that I scored and helped the team," Garcia said.

Garcia had a chance for a double in his last at-bat in the eighth, but grounded out.

"I couldn't see anything," Garcia said. "It happens. It's part of the game -- you just gotta keep working."

After hitting .245 with 12 home runs last season, .257 with 13 homers in 2015 and .244 with seven homers in 2014, Garcia also wants to play better defense.

"As a baseball player, everybody works hard to get better every year," Garcia said. "So that's what I'm doing. I want to get better at everything."

Sarah Trotto is a contributor to MLB.com based in Chicago.

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