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Power on display at Area Code Games

Updated: August 6, 2009, 2:20 PM ET
By Ronnie Flores | ESPNRISE.com

LONG BEACH, Calif.-- The 23rd annual Area Code Games kicked off Wednesday at historic Blair Field in Long Beach, Calif. All eight teams started the six-day event with a round of batting practice and SPARQ Testing (which measures speed, power, agility, reaction and quickness).

Batting practice is always a highlight for the approximately 400 MLB scouts and 75 college coaches who attend the Area Code games. Batting practice allows scouts to get a good look at players' mechanics ...

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