Feb 26, 2014; Clearwater, FL, USA; Toronto Blue Jays right fielder Jose Bautista (19) hits a home run in the first inning off of Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Roberto Hernandez (not pictured) in a spring training exhibition game at Bright House Field. Mandatory Credit: David Manning-USA TODAY Sports
Although temperatures hovered around zero degrees in Chicago on Wednesday, Grapefruit and Cactus League competition kicked off down south. Jose Bautista launched the first home run of Spring Training, Josh Reddick of the Oakland Athletics made not one, but two, incredible catches, and we learned that the Angels’ Josh Hamilton will miss a minimum of two weeks due to a calf injury.
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