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February 27, 2011

Reynolds talks about grand slam; wrapping up intrasquad game

The home team, which was the one that includes most of the position players projected to be on the 25-man Opening Day roster, won today's intrasquad game, 7-4.

Mark Reynolds was the star of the day, hitting a grand slam in his first at-bat off Chorye Spoone. Adam Jones and Randy Winn also hit home runs. Shortstop Pedro Florimon made an error that led to a run, but he also had three hits, including a double. Josh Bell hit a two-run triple on a ball that center fielder Matt Angle misplayed, and Bell's defense at third base was also singled out by manager Buck Showalter. Felix Pie had two infield singles and a stolen base.

As for the pitchers, Chris Jakubauskas retired all six batters that he faced on groundouts. Showalter also praised Mike Ballard after his scoreless inning of work.

Back to Reynolds: He spoke in the clubhouse after the game about the importance of getting off to a quick start with his new team.

"Obviously, it was against guys that I had never seen before, but it felt good to get in there and have a little bit of adrenaline going, not knowing what pitch is coming in a game setting," he said. "I felt good. I was able to work on some stuff with my new timing."

After he got back to the dugout following the grand slam, Reynolds told hitting coach Jim Presley, "There’s no where to go but down from here."

Reynolds hit a 1-2 curveball from Chorye Spoone.

"I barreled it, I hit it pretty good. I just didn’t want to be the first to strike out," he said. "The wind was blowing in today. But if you juice one, it’s gone. I thought both sides swung the bat real well. I know the pitchers are just working on some stuff. It makes you feel good about where you are at to get in there and square some stuff up and get back in the flow of it.
It’s obviously good to make a first impression, but a long way to go. A lot more at-bats. Talk to me at the end of the year."

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Posted by Jeff Zrebiec at 3:33 PM | | Comments (6)


Since Bell and Angle were on the visitors team, someone other than Angle misplayed Bell's triple.

Jeff, was the lineup changed or who misplayed Bell's triple,

Pictures from the intrasquad game?

I believe Jones was playing for the visitors and Angle played for the home team.

"However, Adam Jones just made it 6-1 with a solo homer in the bottom of the fourth." Quote from Jeff's prior post.

Therefore Jones hit homer for the home team.

Who misplayed Bell's triple?

horrible pr move by the orioles about not giving advance notice that noone would be allowed to watch the game.many people including myself arrived at the stadium only to be turned away. with the amount of work being done today at the stadium they knew yesterday that this is what the situation would be. with allthe good the club has done so far this was such a negative.

When you say "and Bell's defense at third base was also singled out by manager Buck Showalter." Do you mean in a positive way?

Jeff Z's reply: Yes.

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