A few more observations

SARASOTA, Fla. - Derrek Lee still has soft hands around first base, fielding the ball cleanly and effortlessly. We'll evaluate his range once the games begin.

Lee and Jake Fox took grounders at first and worked on executing the 3-6-3 double play.

Mark Reynolds and Brendan Harris took grounders at third, J.J. Hardy and Nick Green at shortstop and Brian Roberts and Cesar Izturis at second. Harris, Green and Izturis will move around the infield.


Vladimir Guerrero's
first round of batting practice was unimpressive, but he wasn't putting much effort into it. A few line drives up the middle off Alan Dunn. But boy, did he crank it up.

Guerrero's last two swings, off Gary Kendall, launched balls over the left field fence and into the parking lot.

If you leave your rental car there, you might want to choose the back row.

Luke Scott and Nick Markakis took turns driving balls over the right field fence. I kept listening for the sound of screeching brakes on Tuttle Avenue. A car is bound to take one off the windshield one of these days.

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