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Gordon repays Mattingly's confidence

ST. LOUIS -- Prior to Wednesday's game, manager Don Mattingly voiced his confidence in Dee Gordon's abilities at the plate.

Gordon had batted just .175 through 19 games from May 4-26, his previous big league stint this season, but he backed Mattingly's conviction with a 2-for-4 night on Wednesday, driving home a run and scoring one himself.

"I feel I can hit," Gordon said. "I just kind of struggled. That's part of the game. This team needs to win, so I'm just going to help any way I can. I'm glad [Mattingly] has confidence in my hitting abilities."

With Hanley Ramirez nursing a jammed right shoulder, Gordon has assumed an increased role, and he was in the lineup at shortstop on Thursday for a second straight game.

"He's changed a little bit. He's gotten a little lower, and his hands are a little lower," Mattingly said. "He's made some adjustments. We'll see where it goes. It feels good to see him get on and really help us win last night."

Chad Thornburg is an associate reporter for
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