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“I got a lot stronger and in a lot better shape,” Reynolds said of working with Anderson. “He pounds in my head every day in the cage with new techniques and timing. I am seeing the ball a lot better. I think he prepared me pretty well in terms of being strong and in shape and ready to go.”

Reynolds, drafted in the 16th round in 2004 by Arizona, saw 4.31 pitches per at-bat last season, the most of any regular third baseman.

“I am more mature. I am just trying to get better at-bats and be more consistent. If I get 200 hits down the left field line, I don’t care,” he said.

But thanks to a lot of work with McMullan in college, Reynolds could make Orioles fans happy with hits - and homers - to all parts of Camden Yards.

“He can impact the game defensively if he is not hitting. I think he is in a great frame of mind. He is just 27,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. “If he does what he did last year, he would lead us in three or four categories.”