As usual, pitchers appeared to be ahead of hitters. Except, Gregory Polanco was ahead of Vin Mazzaro. The Most Valuable Player of the Dominican Winter League hit rope after rope off the righty reliever.
"I was pleased with the first day," manager Clint Hurdle said afterward. "I felt we were ready for it, and attacked it."
The hurlers each pitched two simulated innings, sitting down between rounds of about 15 pitches.
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