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Larry checks in from annual Spring Training tour

The good seats are easier to get at spring training 2012
The good seats are easier to get at spring training 2012

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The Cactus League in Arizona and the Grapefruit League in Florida draw in more than just locals for the chance to check out smaller fields and get closer to their favorite players during Spring Training. Major League Baseball has had its share of upsets and victories in the last year, but the excitement of a new season is brewing as the preseason gets underway.

Teams have revamped uniforms and talented rookies are looking to make their mark. New trades like Albert Pujols from the St. Louis Cardinals to the Los Angeles Angels have people buzzing with curiosity to see what happens with both teams. Meanwhile, the Boston Red Sox are looking to turn things around after last year’s surprisingly dismal season and the New York Yankees have a deep starting lineup and two new pitchers. Larry Mantle is on his annual Spring Training road trip with Morning Edition host Steve Julian, but that won’t stop him from bringing his away game back home for a chat with guest host Nick Roman about what’s happening on the field.