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Outfield top priority for Atlanta Braves

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By Robert Hydrick - bio | email

Orlando, FL (WALB) -

The first day of spring training is a day players and coaches look forward to all winter.

"Me being in Colorado. It is the first three days I have stepped on the field or thrown outside or done anything. It is nice" said Atlanta first baseman Greg Norton.

"To be down here. To be playing baseball and to be this good weather is a great feeling. I am excited about this year and what this team can do" said outfielder Josh Anderson.

After a rocky winter, the Braves have signed three new starting pitchers including former Albany Polecat Javier Vazquez.

"Honored to be here. I have always wanted to a Brave since I was a little kid. It is a dream come true. I am ready to go. I am ready for the season to start" said Vazquez.

With Hank Aaron watching batting practice, the Braves outfield situation is uncertain.

With Ken Griffey Junior opting for Seattle and not Atlanta, the Braves have two open outfield spots to fill this spring.

"I don't see it as a competition. I see it as a competition for myself. I have to make them believe in me" said outfielder Gregor Blanco.

The braves will continue daily workouts until they open their grapefruit league schedule next wednesday against Detroit.

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