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03.30.09 at 3:45 pm ET
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KISSIMMEE, Fla. — Rocco Baldelli went deep again, Monday at Champion Stadium, in the Red Sox’ game against the Atlanta Braves. It was his second home run in as many games. After getting four at-bats in the leadoff spot, serving as the Sox’ designated hitter, Baldelli talked about some things …

“I mean, I feel alright. I could always be seeing the ball better, making more hard contact consistently. But I feel pretty good, and I’m happy with how spring training is going so far.”

(On his timing): “That’s all I really was [intent] on doing coming into here. I would have been very pleased to come in and just get on the field consistently, and just get in some kind of baseball shape, and I think I have, and I feel good. Just getting out on the field and even playing centerfield, which I haven’t done in a little while, to get out there and run around, more than I had, and make some plays, it felt good.”

(Hitting with power in spring training) “No. I usually don’t hit tremendously well in spring training. Feels like I forget how to hit in the offseason, and then it takes me a little while when I get back. But it’s not something I’ve ever really worried about or pressed too much when trying to get ready for the season. I don’t know how many AB’s I’ve got, but I think I’ll be ready to go … I don’t hit that many home runs. I just try to hit the ball, that’s all I really try to do. I don’t really get caught up in that other stuff.”

(How his legs are holding up):  ”Better than they did last spring – but I didn’t make it through last spring training , so that’s not really saying much.”

(On getting some extra at-bats last Thursday in a minor league game): “I told Tito and Mags and those guys that –no one keeps track of how many AB’s you get in spring against right and left handers, but I had only had a couple against lefties all spring. I just mentioned it to them. They set it up for the off day, and it was good to go out there and get about 7 AB’s against left-handed pitching.”

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