Sanchez homered in today's game.

BRADENTON -- Catching prospect Tony Sanchez may have had a disappointing 2011 season in his first season at Double-A Altoona, but for his first Spring Training game in 2012, Sanchez made a good first impression.

In his first at-bat in game action this spring, Sanchez took the first pitch from righty reliever Jared Hughes over the center field wall for a three-run bomb in the 7th inning in Team Gold's 4-4 tie against team Black at McKechnie Field on Friday.

"It just goes to show hard work in the off-season pays off," Sanchez said. "First [at-bat] off live pitching, not knowing what’s coming and two outs. I was trying to be aggressive. Obviously everyone knows about the lack of power of the offense last year and it was nice to see that I can driv...

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