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Souza-Size Me

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Steven Souza has more to work with than he did when he made his professional debut last year. The third baseman found that out quickly this spring. After bulking up from about 190 pounds to 205, he showed improved power in accelerated minor league spring training. A sore right shoulder kept him in extended spring, but he hit five home runs in less than a week and promptly reported to low Class A Hagerstown.

Majors | #2008#Organization Reports#Washington Nationals

Smoker’s No Joker

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At age 19, lefthander Josh Smoker has a long way to go before taking a permanent spot in a big league clubhouse. This spring, though, he received a temporary taste. The contract signed by the 2007 supplemental first-round pick stipulated that he receive an invite to major league camp this spring. He even got to pitch at Space Coast Stadium, striking out three in two shutout innings in a 15-0 victory against Georgetown University.

Majors | #2008#Organization Reports#Washington Nationals