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Giants | Brandon Belt has new grip on bat

San Francisco Giants 1B Brandon Belt made some changes to his mechanics recently that have him hitting .438 in August. Hitting coach Hensley Meulens suggested that Belt talk with Philadelphia Phillies OF Domonic Brown, another lefty swinger very similar to Belt. Brown has turned his career around this year and explained to Meulens at the All-Star Game that he changed the grip on the bat and saw immediate results. Belt decided to adopt change, and it hasn't taken him long to find his new grip on the bat more comfortable.

Belt has also moved back in the batter's box, too. "The move back in the box, that's a big deal," Meulens said. "You don't see hitters in the front of the box like (he was). He had a couple of swings (July 28 against the Cubs) that he would have been called out because his foot was outside the box. Bochy got to him and said, 'Nobody hits like this. (Moving back) gives you more time to see pitches and more time to make a decision.'" Belt is hitting .438 in his last 10 games with three home runs, three doubles, 11 runs and seven RBIs.

Fantasy Tip: Belt's resurgence should alert fantasy owners that he's not dead, after all. Grab him off the wire if you're looking for a spark. Bruce Bochy is confident enough in Belt's changes that he's playing him against southpaws. More encouraging signs.

2013-08-15 11:40:03 | Source: The Mercury News - Alex Pavlovic

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