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Position Battle Update - March 18th

With two weeks left in camp some answers are becoming clearer. Armando Benitez is back to claim the closer's role but it will not be easy for him. Rich Aurilia trumped his competition at first by playing at other infield positions. Todd Linden is as good as in if he keeps hitting. But who will be in the bullpen?

Position: First Base The Contenders: Rich Aurilia – 2-6, 3 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 SO, 1 BB Ryan Klesko – 1-6, 1 2B, 1 SO Mark Sweeney – 2-6, 1 2B, 2 SO, 1 BB Lance Niekro – 1-3, 2 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 SO, 2 BB Did Well: Rich Aurilia started at third base in a split-squad game Thursday, a scenario that should suit him and the Giants at times in the regular season. Aurilia is...

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