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Live From Spring Training: 2/27

Live From Spring Training: 2/27

Major league camp has been going strong since about 10 AM this morning. The minor leaguers that have reported early are about to take the field for some afternoon work.

The big leaguers spent the morning working on pick-off drills and run-downs. The most notable thing during this time was the fact that Matt Hague was playing third base during these drills. Hague was drafted as a third baseman out of college, but immediately switched to first due to a lack of range to handle the position. His range today didn't look horrible, and he's been working over the off-season on getting lean and improving at third. Here is Hague fielding a back-hander at third.

After that, most of the pitchers threw live batting practice. I mostly focused on Erik Bedard, James McDonald, and Juan Cruz. That was more of a timing thing, since no one really threw too many pitches.

Here is Robbie Grossman taking a few swings against the fence. Grossman is coming back from hamate surgery, but put on a great hitti...

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