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Walker puts on power play

Updated: June 10, 2009, 11:13 AM ET
By Christopher Parish | ESPN RISE Magazine

Christian Walker is sitting on the artificial playing surface of Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla., and he's getting anxious.

It's been hours since he stepped to the plate for the first round of the International Power Showcase, a home run derby held in January that pitted some of the nation's best sluggers against each other. His preliminary group finished hitting at 11 a.m. It's now past 8 in the evening, and Walker still isn't a lock to reach the finals.

Fortunately ...

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