Before this season began, as he took at-bats on the back fields at Camelback Ranch during spring training, Dodgers second baseman Dee Gordon worked tirelessly with minor league coach Franklin Stubbs to alter his batting stance.

Dodgers coaches had proved to him his previous stance was not working, at least not in the majors. And so, to put it simply, he opened up his legs and moved his hands lower on the bat, allowing him better access to pitches on the inner half of the plate.

It worked wonderfully. The 26-year-old hit .344 through April and carried a .302 average when he was named a National League All-Star on July6.

But Gordon appeared to have fallen back into some bad habits with his stance in recent weeks. He said video study this week showed him his hands had creeped back higher, and he promptly focused on lowering them in batting practice.