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Alberto Rios leads an explosive Stanford offense. (Shotgun Spratling)


Pac-12 Dispatches: Alberto Rios, Stanford show might; Arizona shows fight

At The Ballpark

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Alberto Rios stands in the on-deck circle, gripping the middle of his Louisville Slugger bat where the pine tar resides. He stares into the stands without ever focusing on a particular person. He looks up, closes his eyes, takes a deep breath and then strolls to the batter’s box having never taken a warmup swing.

“I just trust my preparation that I put in beforehand and know that a little something in the [on-deck] circle won’t help.”

It’s as if Rios has waited for this opportunity and doesn’t want to waste a single swing, which is partially[…]


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