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Ventura credits Dunn's mental approach

Ventura credits Dunn's mental approach

Ventura credits Dunn's mental approach
CHICAGO -- Manager Robin Ventura points to Adam Dunn's mindset as much as physical changes for the designated hitter's ability to match last year's home run total of 11 in just 33 games.

"A lot of it is just kind of free thinking instead of caring about results. He's more concerned about hitting the ball," said Ventura of Dunn, who has 26 RBIs. "He's been very good at putting last year behind him and just playing baseball.

"He's not in the mode of worrying about last year or trying to outdo last year or anything like that. It's more of playing the game and he makes it pretty simple. It's not always easy for a lot of people to do, but he's been great at just making it simple for himself."

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Dunn joins Russell Branyan (10 in first 20 games) and Mike Napoli (10 in first 27 games) as the third players since 2008 to match their previous year's home run total in 33 games or fewer, according to STATS LLC.

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