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Davidson's subtle tweaks show in defense at third

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Matt Davidson has shown defensive development in the one month between January's mini-camp at Camelback Ranch and the first week of Spring Training.

"He looks great," White Sox third-base coach and infield instructor Joe McEwing said of the club's new third baseman. "He's made some minor adjustments in his pre-pitch and his footwork, trying to get them a little wider and lower. He's taken to it."

"I feel pretty confident with what I'm doing," Davidson said. "I felt really good coming into this year, even at mini-camp. I felt a lot more confident and smoother than I ever have."

Davidson terms the changes made as "very subtle."

They include trying to get off his pre-pitch setup a little quicker and get better reads, wider feet in his fielding position and having the left foot a little more out front when fielding the baseball to get more consistently accurate throws.

"Subtle stuff," Davidson said. "And it's been going well."

"It's been fun to see him progress from mini-camp when I saw him until now," McEwing said. "It's going to be fun to watch. And he wants the information. He wants to get better and he loves to work."

Scott Merkin is a reporter for Read his blog, Merk's Works, and follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin.
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