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Stanton finding his groove at the plate

Stanton finding his groove at the plate

MIAMI -- Regaining his swing has taken some time, but there are signs Giancarlo Stanton is breaking out of his slump.

The Marlins' All-Star right fielder is 4-for-12 in his last three games with three RBIs. On Thursday, Stanton hit a single in his first at-bat and had an RBI in his second as he grounded into a fielder's choice.

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Stanton hadn't driven in a run until last Sunday at Cincinnati. And in Game 2 of a day/night doubleheader at Minnesota on Tuesday, the slugger was 2-for-4 with two RBIs, including a sharp run-scoring single to right-center.

How does he feel at the plate lately?

"Less tense," said Stanton, who still hasn't homered.

Stanton is clearly primed for a breakout series, and on Thursday the Marlins opened a four-game set with the Cubs.

"I saw some better swings, and I saw some better patience," manager Mike Redmond said of Stanton's approach on the road. "I think everybody thinks it's just going to happen overnight. It's going to take some time."

The Marlins had a scare in Game 1 of the doubleheader. Stanton was plunked on the left wrist by a pitch, but he walked to first base with minimal discomfort.

In the second game, Stanton seemed like his old self, making an impact in the middle of the order.

"It looked like the Stanton we saw in Spring Training," Redmond said.

Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter Less