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Fall Ball Opens For Diamond Dogs
That competition began Thursday afternoon as the Bulldogs assembled for the first day of real team work. Up to now, as noted by their skipper, it has been over five weeks of lifting, running, and stretching; followed by selected small group and solo player drills. Starting today, though, Mississippi State is playing games. Scrimmage games, to be sure, but games with final scores and updated-daily stats. And, updated daily standings for every Diamond Dog as Cohen and staff begin serious work on setting a 35-man roster for the 2011 season. A total of 44 players are on the official fall roster, including the most touted recruiting class for MSU in many years. This only adds to the fall ball fever with Cohen. "We have a lot of new faces and many of those kids haven't seen a live pitch on Dudy Noble Field yet," he said. "So they're excited about doing this today." The overall excitement dimmed just a bit for the coaching staff, particularly pitching coach Butch Thompson, when lefthander...
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