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Maeda, Dodgers beat Giants 3-1 with Pederson's 2-run HR

Joc Pederson got off to an extremely hot start last season, hitting 20 home runs with 40 RBIs in his first 77 games and making the All-Star team in his first full big league campaign.

Then everything turned sour for the Los Angeles Dodgers center fielder, hitting just six homers and driving in just 14 runs over his final 62 games. So a change in approach was necessary — and Pederson feels he's made the adjustments.

On Sunday, he drove in the tying and go-ahead runs with a fifth-inning homer to back another strong outing by Kenta Maeda, and the Dodgers beat the San Francisco Giants 3-1 on Sunday night.

"Mechanically, I was doing a lot of stuff wrong last...

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