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Eye on Photos: Baseball returns as pitchers and catchers report

By Mike Axisa | Baseball Writer

All across Florida and Arizona, pitchers and catchers are reporting to spring training in preparation for the 2014 season. Twenty teams have already opened camp and the remaining 10 will be open by Sunday at the latest. Here's a photo gallery of some early spring training action. Enjoy.

The equipment trucks have all left the snow behind for...
The equipment trucks have all left the snow behind for... (USATSI)
...the bluest skies and greenest grasses.
...the bluest skies and greenest grasses. (USATSI)
New Yankee Masahiro Tanaka works out with throngs of Japanese media watching.
New Yankee Masahiro Tanaka works out with throngs of Japanese media watching. (USATSI)
Here is Tanaka's new batterymate, a beardless Brian McCann.
Here is Tanaka's new batterymate, a beardless Brian McCann. (USATSI)
Speaking of beards, here is Jason Motte's current look.
Speaking of beards, here is Jason Motte's current look. (USATSI)
Handsome Mike Matheny gives his approval.
Handsome Mike Matheny gives his approval. (USATSI)
Plenty of chances for autographs this time of year.
Plenty of chances for autographs this time of year. (USATSI)
There is quite a bit of standing around this early in camp, after all.
There is quite a bit of standing around this early in camp, after all. (USATSI)
Yadier Molina looks ready for another 130+ games behind the plate.
Yadier Molina looks ready for another 130+ games behind the plate. (USATSI)
CC Sabathia, meanwhile, shed some serious weight this winter.
CC Sabathia, meanwhile, shed some serious weight this winter. (USATSI)
Yes. Yes please.
Yes. Yes please. (USATSI)

 
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