Peep Show

Updated: February 26, 2004, 8:45 AM ET
By Jim Baker

American League

Anaheim Angels: In the words of Chone Figgins, "There's a lot of heavy hitters around here." The 2002 World Champions were popping the ball but good in Tempe, Arizona yesterday as they prepare to enter a season in which they have added enough lumber to make them the favorites of many linemakers to win the American League West. Newest Angels Vladimir Guerrero and Jose Guillen were especially knockworthy yesterday, reports Ben Bolch of the Los Angeles Times. Guerrero reported no hassles with his lower back -- a problem that caused him to miss a third of last season with the Expos.

Boston Red Sox: While most camps are abuzz with talk of players showing up having lost weight, Johnny Damon made his first spring appearance yesterday at a robust 220 pounds, fifteen above his playing weight of 2003. Steven Krasner of the Providence Journal reports that Damon attributes the weight gain to "beer" which is one of three things: disturbingly true, a complete joke or a synonym for something less legal. He is also sporting something new that would never fly in the more restrictive environment of the arch-rival Yankees: a full beard and shoulder-length hair.

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