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Leury goes to wall with 3-hit effort against KC

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CHICAGO -- A collision with the center-field wall while hauling in a long drive off the bat of Brandon Moss in the seventh inning of a 10-5 White Sox victory over the Royals on Tuesday night wasn't about to take Leury Garcia out of action.

Not when the center fielder, who checks in at 5-foot-8 and 180 pounds, was in the midst of his second straight three-hit game.

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CHICAGO -- A collision with the center-field wall while hauling in a long drive off the bat of Brandon Moss in the seventh inning of a 10-5 White Sox victory over the Royals on Tuesday night wasn't about to take Leury Garcia out of action.

Not when the center fielder, who checks in at 5-foot-8 and 180 pounds, was in the midst of his second straight three-hit game.

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"It was a hard hit, but it was nothing serious," said a smiling Garcia through interpreter Billy Russo of his collision. "I felt good."

Garcia has looked good throughout the start of this season.

Since the White Sox acquired the talented and versatile 26-year-old from Texas for Alex Rios on Aug. 11, 2013, he has carried the potential tag. That potential played out at Triple-A Charlotte, where Garcia hit .313 with a .367 on-base percentage and 18 stolen bases last season, but never consistently at the big league level.

Video: KC@CWS: L. Garcia discusses the team's 10-5 win

Garcia's greatest notoriety entering the 2017 campaign was pitching two games as part of the White Sox. But all of those Minor League games and at-bats served as a learning experience for the switch-hitter, who is now applying those lessons on a nearly everyday basis.

"Those last two years in the Minors were good years to gain experience to know more about the game and to learn about my role in the Majors," Garcia said. "What I have to do in a specific situation of the game and to mature, too. It was a process and thanks to that process, I've been able to perform in the way I'm performing right now in the Majors."

"We as a coaching staff sit in there, we know he plays a lot of different positions," manager Rick Renteria said. "But right now, he happens to be slotting in that [center-field] role and doing a nice job, and having some very good at-bats, big at-bats."

Video: KC@CWS: L. Garcia cracks an RBI double to center

Against Royals ace Danny Duffy, Garcia singled home a run in the second and doubled home another run in the fourth. The White Sox grabbed the lead in that frame and never looked back.

Making contact has become one clear point of focus for Garcia. He struck out 13 times over 48 big league at-bats last season, seven in 14 in '15 and 48 in 145 in '14. In 44 at-bats this season, Garcia has four strikeouts to go with his .318 average at the bottom of the White Sox order.

Video: KC@CWS: L. Garcia lines an RBI single to left field

Most of his collisions have involved his bat with the opposing pitcher's offerings.

"He's learning how to approach at-bats," Renteria said. "He's not just flailing at balls."

"I have just been trying to make contact with the ball," Garcia said. "To swing at pitches that are in the strike zone. That has been my approach. I changed my approach and the results have been there."

Scott Merkin has covered the White Sox for MLB.com since 2003. Read his blog, Merk's Works, follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin, on Facebook and listen to his podcast.

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