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McGriff in uniform with Braves in Tampa

TAMPA, Fla. -- When the Braves play a Spring Training game in Tampa, the visiting clubhouse adds one more body, that of Tampa native Fred McGriff. The former Braves slugger entered the clubhouse smiling Tuesday afternoon. No surprise there. He could just as easily be identified as Fred McGrinn.

His smile was a little bit bigger Tuesday because three lockers to his right, a man he knew well from his Minor League days was dressing -- Ralph Garr, who is serving a guest instructor.

"We're old friends," McGriff said. "But he's an older friend than I am."

McGriff is 49, and Garr, 67.

Marty Noble is a reporter for
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