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News & Notes, Thursday, March 3, 2016

Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports

I have a difficult time fielding a ground ball on level ground. I can't imagine undergoing Francisco Lindor's early training routine of fielding hot groundballs coming at me downhill. This could be how he makes it look so easy.

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