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Geoff Baker covers the Mariners for The Seattle Times. He provides daily coverage of the team throughout spring training, and during the season.

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February 26, 2008 12:58 PM

Sights and Sounds: pop quiz

Posted by Geoff Baker

Today's video segment features a pop-up drill with the infielders. You saw the basics of this drill back during our Fan Fest video. A machine is used to send towering pop-ups against a glaring blue sky. This is not an easy drill by any stretch. To make it tougher, coach Sam Perlozzo has the fielders stare down at their spikes at one point, then tells them when it's OK to look up. At that point, they have to spot the ball and make the catch. Remember, none of them know who the machine is pointing towards. So, no, that isn't a shot of Richie Sexson nodding off between pop-ups that you see. He's actually doing what he's supposed to in the drill.

Mariners guest coach Tony Phillips is the guy you'll hear with the cackling laughter in the background. Sort of like a wicked witch hyped up on caffeine. Phillips is a former infielder himself and got a real hoot out of standing next to me and watching this drill. Especially when Perlozzo had the infielders go down on one knee and close their eyes before asking them to react to the pop-ups. Phillips seemed particularly amused at watching Sexson and Jose Vidro racing after balls to the outfield. Who wouldn't be?

In all, it was quite entertaining. Hope you enjoy it.

The lineups have been set for tomorrow's intrasquad game.

Here they are.

Coach: Scott Steinman

LF Jeremy Reed
RF Willie Bloomquist
1B Greg Norton
CF Bronson Sardinha
SS Miguel Cairo
C Jamie Burke
3B Brant Ust
2B Tug Hulett
DH Rob Johnson

RHP Joe Woerman


Coach: Daren Brown

SS Mark Kiger
2B Yung Chi Chen
1B Bryan LaHair
RF Mike Morse
C Jeff Clement
LF Wladimir Balentien
CF Charlton Jimerson
3B Matt Tuiasosopo
DH Adam Moore

LHP Robert Rohrbaugh

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