It just sounds different coming off the bat. There's a few guys in the game that have that kind of sound and he's one of them. He's got some kind of power.'' However, O'Brien has defensive deficiencies that he's been working on over the past two months with Diamondbacks third base coach and former catching instructor Glen Sherlock. ''I'm really confident with where I am right now behind the plate,'' O'Brien said. ''Like I said, you make your strengths stronger and you keep working on your weaknesses and try to make them strengths too.'' Owings won't be in the mix in the early part of spring training as he recovers from shoulder surgery.
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The Sun Devils (24-4) rose to No. 10 in The Associated Press poll last month, dropped back after a loss to Oregon State and were back in the top 10 this week after sweeping the Southern California schools. Arizona State probably won't catch No. 7 Oregon State, which has a two-game lead and beat the Sun Devils twice this season, but is in good shape to host the first two rounds of the NCAA tournament.
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''The ownership went through some rookie moves and no more rookie moves,'' Crane said. ''We know how it works and we're ready to go.'' The Astros return a solid nucleus led by 2014 major league batting champion Jose Altuve , slugger Chris Carter and up-and-coming star George Springer, and feature a rotation led by left-hander Dallas Keuchel, who posted a 2.93 ERA in a breakout season. They addressed their biggest weakness from a year ago by signing Luke Gregerson and Pat Neshek to bolster a bullpen that blew 25 saves in 2014. The Astros were fourth in the majors with 163 home runs last season, and increased their power by trading for Evan Gattis and signing free agent Colby Rasmus.
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