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Spring training position battles

A daily rundown of the MLB competitions for playing time in March and April

Updated: March 19, 2010, 1:42 PM ET
By Jason Catania, Charles Curtis and Doug Mittler | ESPN Insider

Toronto Blue Jays: Left Field

Snider makes his case: Travis Snider hit .301 in a 24-game audition for the Blue Jays in 2008, but his average slipped to .241 in 2009. As a result, GM Alex Anthopoulos was not ready to hand the 22-year-old a job going into camp. Snider might have erased any doubts by hitting a pair of home runs against Baltimore. With three homers and six RBIs this spring, he might have claimed the starting job in left field.

"He's a front-runner for us. He's part of our future," manager Cito Gaston told the Toronto Sun. "Why wouldn't we want him to make this club?"

Adam Lind will again get time in left field when he is not the designated hitter. Lind started 55 games in left last season.


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