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Giants not held up by Belt's presence

Updated: April 4, 2011, 1:28 PM ET
By Buster Olney

DODGER STADIUM -- Brandon Belt and Cody Ross both moved toward the exit of the visitors dugout at the end of the Giants' batting practice late Sunday afternoon, both with their heads down, on a collision course. Ross looked up, put his hand on Belt's left shoulder and ushered him forward, giving the rookie the right of way.

It was a small but telling gesture that doesn't always happen. From Aubrey Huff to Pat Burrell to Ross, the other Giants have been gracious and generous and respectful in the way they have welcomed Belt this spring, which says a lot about him, and a lot about the other players, and a lot about how manager Bruce Bochy is respected in the San Francisco clubhouse.

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