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Real baseball is back and a college senior already helped beat his uncle's MLB team

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The first exhibition game of Spring Training has officially come and gone, which means we have an actual highlight package of live baseball action. The Phillies fielded a lineup of big league hopefuls and non-roster invitees to take on the No. 1 team in Division II college baseball, the University of Tampa Spartans. 

Senior Spartan outfielder Andrew Amaro was probably pretty familiar with the Phillies, considering that his uncle -- Ruben Amaro Jr. -- is their general manager. Familial loyalties didn't stop the younger Amaro from dropping a base hit into center field, then stealing second and coming around to score on a base hit in the top of the sixth.


Amaro later walked and scored when Giovanny Alfonzo belted a grand slam to left field.


Sure, the slam lifted the Spartans to a 6-2 victory over the Phillies, but those of you keeping score at home know that the runs don't matter, so long as there's actual baseball being played.