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Video: Kevin Pillar leaves his feet to rob Mookie Betts of extra bases

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Blue Jays center fielder Kevin Pillar showed on Monday night why he’s still among the game’s best defensive players. With the Jays up 3-2 in the top of the sixth inning, Mookie Betts led off by drilling a 92 MPH two-seam fastball from Marcus Stroman into right-center field. Pillar gave chase and, as he has become known for doing, left his feet entirely to dive and make the catch before the ball hit the ground. Pillar’s momentum took him right into the fence.

We’ve seen some legendary grabs this season — Austin Jackson’s comes to mind — but this ranks right up there with the best of them.

Miguel Sano gained weight this offseason

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Not all players coming in to spring training are in The Best Shapes of Their Lives. Some have put on a few pounds, such as Miguel Sano, notes Twins GM Thad Levine:

Sano has been given medical clearance to engage in all baseball workouts with his teammates, his surgically reinforced left shin now completely healed, though the Twins intend to lighten his schedule to prevent any new injuries.

They’d like to lighten something else, too: His “generous carriage,” as General Manager Thad Levine delicately put it last week. Sano’s conditioning understandably lags, after a winter largely spent incapacitated by the surgery.

Sano’s conditioning has often been a topic of conversation among the members of the Minnesota press corps, though not always in good faith. For example, last year when Sano injured his shin by fouling a ball off of it, one member of the The Fourth Estate found a way to make a column out of blaming the freak injury on Sano’s conditioning. At least in this instance his colleague is correctly noting that the poor conditioning is a result of the injury and not the cause.

Still, it’s just another issue facing Sano this spring. He’s out of shape, coming off of an injury, and — not that he’s due any sympathy for it — he’s facing a likely suspension arising out of the allegations of sexual assault leveled against him late last year.

So this spring we’ll be seeing more of Sano, it seems. At least until that time we’ll be seeing less of him.