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Notes: Golson putting on a show

Notes: Golson putting on a show

TAMPA, Fla. -- Greg Golson had a nice weekend, showcasing the five tools that made him the team's first-round pick in 2004 First-Year Player Draft.

Golson homered in a "B" game on Friday, then hit another one against the Yankees on Saturday at Bright House Field. On Sunday, he flashed his speed and defense, stealing a base after singling, then making a diving catch to rob first baseman Juan Miranda.

"He can hit, man, and steal some bases," manager Charlie Manuel said. "He made a Willie Mays catch in center."

Golson is striving to open some organizational eyes that may have begun to wonder whether the 22-year-old's skills had peaked. The righty played 136 games between high Class A Clearwater and Double-A Reading last season, and struck out 173 times in 571 at-bats.

A year earlier, he fanned 160 times in 133 games.

Slicing those numbers would be ideal for the Austin, Texas, native, who has set modest goals for the season.

"There were some things that stuck out about last year, the high strikeout and low walks," Golson said. "Mainly, I want to have a solid year where there's not one thing that's glaring."

Mostly, Golson needs to remain patient, a perspective developed with trying to rush his way to the big leagues since 2004.

"When I got drafted, I didn't know there was [Class] A ball," Golson said. "I thought it was rookie ball, Double-A, Triple-A, then the big leagues. When I got [sent to [Class A ball], I thought I'd spend a couple of days here, a couple of days there. Then I struggled a little bit and realized, 'Quit pouting.'"

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Carrasco goes three: Carlos Carrasco turned in three scoreless innings, continuing his impressive camp.

This time, he was shutting down the Yankees in the middle innings, including retiring Jason Giambi and Jorge Posada.

"I was excited to throw against the Yankees," Carrasco said.

Asked if outings like this help accelerate his dream of making it to the big leagues, the 20-year-old smiled.

"Yep," he said. "I'm thinking about that."

Quotable: "Daddy, I'm reading your book, and I'm really liking it." -- Chris Coste, talking about his 8-year-old daughter Casey's reaction to his autobiography, "The 33-Year-Old Rookie." The book, which [x is] [will be] released on March 18, is already available [x on] [for] pre-order on Amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com.

Coming up: Left-hander Joe Savery starts at Bright House Field on Monday at 1:05 p.m. ET vs. the Pirates. He'll be followed by Josh Outman, J.C. Romero and Joe Bisenius. Matt Morris will pitch for Pittsburgh. Left-hander Jamie Moyer will start in a "B" game against the Pirates at the Carpenter Complex.

Ken Mandel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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