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Teahen hopes to get defensive

Teahen hopes to get defensive

CHICAGO -- Mark Teahen finds himself tied with shortstop Alexei Ramirez with a team-high five errors. But the White Sox third baseman believes an adjustment within his on-field timing will help him comfort-wise in this return to full-time defensive work at the hot corner.

"I've been working to make my pre-pitch a little shorter so I feel like I'm on time and ready for every ball," said Teahen, talking about his pre-pitch movement. "I've felt in between and uncomfortable. It's a matter of getting the reps and trying to get that feel of being on time and ready to react to anything. I haven't felt that way lately."

Teahen has struggled more on grounders hit down the line, as opposed to his glove side.

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"Just talking with [bench coach] Joey [Cora], I've been leaning toward the left on the pre-pitch so the balls hit to my right, it takes me a lot longer to get back in that direction," Teahen said. "We are trying to get balanced and the pre-pitch smaller so it's less room for error. I want to be on time and ready to move the other way.

"It still feels like my position, but I get ticked off when I'm not playing as well as I know I can. It's just a matter of me getting the work in and hopefully it translates into the game, where I feel more comfortable."

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