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FORT MYERS, Fla. — Matt Barnes glanced at the schedule to see what time he would be throwing live batting practice.
When his eyes moved to the right, the 23-year-old righthander saw that he would be facing David Ortiz and Mike Carp.
“That’s gets your attention, facing a guy like David. It puts things in perspective because I grew up watching him,” Barnes said Sunday. “Obviously everybody knows who he is and what he has done. But you still have to compete and go out there.”
Barnes, a native of Bethel, Conn., rooted for the Yankees as a kid. Now there was Ortiz, standing at the plate with mirrored sunglasses on, menacingly swinging a bat back and forth.