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Brewers' Gomez makes a power play

Center fielder gets agressive at the plate, becomes complete player

11:18 PM, May 27, 2013
Brewers outfielder Carlos Gomez celebrates in the dugout after hitting his second home run of the game in the sixth inning Monday in Milwaukee.
Brewers outfielder Carlos Gomez celebrates in the dugout after hitting his second home run of the game in the sixth inning Monday in Milwaukee.
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Years ago, Carlos Gomez had a tendency to irritate Minnesota Twins manager Ron Gardenhire. But it was more about what he didn't do than what he did.

For all the tools and energy the speedy young center fielder had, there existed that much more untapped potential. Just keeping Gomez playing under control was a challenge in itself.

"I think everybody knew it, from the time he was with the Mets, how much talent he had," Gardenhire said. "(The question was) if he could ever harness it and calm himself down enough. You never want to take away a guy playing the game with the enthusiasm that he plays it with. ...

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