Adrian Beltre likes it hot

Third baseman's Gold Glove defense comes through hard work

Updated: March 5, 2010, 4:48 PM ET
By Joe McDonald | ESPNBoston.com

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Boston Red Sox third baseman Adrian Beltre stood about three steps in on the infield grass as he took ground ball after ground ball after ground ball.

Red Sox staff assistant Rob Leary was the one hitting the fungoes, and he was absolutely rifling them at Beltre.

"That's how I like it," Beltre said.

How many do you take?

"I don't count," he said.

For the record, it was close to 200 grounders, according to one Red Sox staff member.

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