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Adjustment at plate paying dividends for Ramirez

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TEMPE, Ariz. -- Solid contact has been the watchword for shortstop Alexei Ramirez throughout Cactus League action, posting a .375 average. That success could be due in part to an adjustment he made in the batter's box.

"My set up used to be right up in front of the plate, and now I moved back," said Ramirez through translator and White Sox coach Lino Diaz. "That allows me to see the ball a little bit longer and make better adjustments."

Ramirez enters his sixth season with the White Sox, in the second year of a four-year, $32.5-million contract extension. He's trying to bounce back from what he considered a subpar 2012, when he drove in 73 runs, but only hit nine homers.

Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Merk's Works, and follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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