Fernando Tatis Jr. gets Slam Diego going in spring with mammoth slam

So, Fernando Tatis Jr. might be ready to start the season. He might even be in midseason form.

He did something in the second inning of Tuesday’s 7-2 exhibition victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks that he is kind of known for, something he did in the middle of last season that launched Slam Diego and started the Padres on their way to 22 victories in their next 25 games.

On a fastball from Caleb Smith that could hardly have been more squarely in the middle of the strike zone, Tatis yanked a grand slam an estimated 441 feet and with an exit velocity of 113.6 mph onto the grassy hill beyond the wall in left field.

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That would have been his hardest hit last season and his third-longest home run.
He also singled in the first inning, moving Trent Grisham to third, and then stole second, drawing a throw that allowed Grisham to sprint home.

“Had a couple good defensive plays, great at-bats, did something on the bases,” manager Jayce Tingler said. “That’s everything you want to see.”

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