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4-8-2022  

S.F. Joey Gallo wishes New York was different. The two-time All-Star wasn't productive after being acquired from the Rangers in July.Gallo topped MLB in strikeouts in '21.Hehit.159 and struck out in over half his at-bats this season.

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The benched outfielder was booed regularly at Yankee Stadium.Gallo knew he'd be traded before the Aug. 2 deadline. Gallo arrived at Oracle Park sporting a beard, cheating the Yankees' no-beards rule.

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He didn't know he'd be moved to the Dodgers, a team he grew up admiring in Las Vegas. Gallo says leaving his former teammates was painful, but he's excited. He needed a change. Los Angeles will provide.Gallo: "My stay in New York didn't go well."

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"I wish I'd played better. If you don't perform well, they'll find someone else. It's good to have a fresh start and a new clubhouse on the other side of the nation. And just play baseball and win games for the Dodgers."The Dodgers searched for a left-handed bat last week.

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Dodgers manager Dave Roberts: "Baseball's hard." "The mentality aids performance. So my goal is that a fresh start, clarity, and being open to the Dodgers will help him perform. Nothing against the Yankees, but it's a relief to be out of New York."

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Alberto said MLB.com, "He's a great clubhouse person and player." "He's diligent. There's a chance he'll produce like old Gallo because of our brilliant coaches and advanced technologies. Hooray! He works hard, and that's what matters.

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As Gallo settles in, the Dodgers will determine his role. Roberts envisions Gallo in the lineup against right-handed pitching, but he wasn't against Alex Cobb on Wednesday. Gallo's OPS versus righties is.699. Southpaws hit.390.

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