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Alvarez slow to get out of the gate

Alvarez slow to get out of the gate

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Alvarez slow to get out of the gate
SARASOTA, Fla. -- The plans of third baseman Pedro Alvarez to quickly erase the impressions of last season have not yet panned out, as the Bucs' big power hope has yet to get a ball out of the infield in exhibition play.

In his first two spring starts, Alvarez has gone 0-for-5, with three strikeouts. It has been a digest version of 2011, when he fanned 80 times in 235 at-bats while batting .191.

Manager Clint Hurdle wants to remind everybody how early it is in Spring Training.

"Pedro doesn't exactly look uncomfortable, he's just still looking for his timing off live pitching," Hurdle said. "We'll keep giving him at-bats, and the comfort and confidence will come. So many are going through the same thing. It happens."

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