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Pope Loosening Up

Ryan Pope is just a different pitcher these days

TAMPA, FL - One of the bigger stories this Spring Training has been the added velocity to Ryan Pope's fastball. It is not only a welcomed sight this camp, it has allowed him to loosen up in more ways than one and now his confidence is sky-high.

"It's going about as good as it can," Ryan Pope said of his Spring Training. "I came in and my goal was I had nothing to lose and it's going that way, I think I'm doing really well." Doing well might be an understatement considering the 2007 third round pick posted 5-12 record and a 4.78 ERA for the Double-A Trenton Thunder last year, and for the most part had not been able to rediscover the...

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