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By Tim Kurkjian, ESPNSpring training is my favorite time of year for a lot of reasons. Here are just a few:
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|• Derek Lowe is, at least during spring training, making the Braves feel good about their offseason investment. Lowe allowed one run over six innings Thursday against Toronto. He struck out seven and did not issue a walk. He is 2-0 with a 3.27 ERA this spring, with 21 strikeouts against just two walks.||WORST|
|• More performance-enhancing drugs news: Miguel Tejada was sentenced to one year of probation for misleading Congress in regard to his own use of performance-enhancing drugs. The sentence, however, did spare Tejada from serving jail time.|
ESPN researcher Mark Simon digs deep, looking for the night's best baseball numbers.Tonight he looks at Ken Griffey Jr. and offers up hope that Griffey can indeed find some of his old form as he gets, well, older
|Notable Hall of Fame outfielders in the season turning 39|
J.J. Putz earned the win for the Mets in their spring training game against St. Louis on Thursday. He struck out one during a perfect inning of work. Putz was acquired in a three-team, 12-player deal this offseason, and the Mets might have just gotten themselves a bargain. Putz dealt with injuries for most of the 2008 season, which was likely the biggest factor in his drop in production.
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|Strikeout pct. of PA||31.5||26.5|
|Walk pct. of PA||5.0||13.3|
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