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Yankees see power of catcher prospect Montero

Jesus Montero sent a buzz through the crowd - and some of the coaches - watching batting practice Monday in Tampa when he nearly cleared the scoreboard in left-centerfield, smashing a pitch by Triple-A hitting coach Butch Wynegar off the top of the "M" in "George M. Steinbrenner Field" on the scoreboard.

Montero, though, wasn't overly impressed.

Asked if it was one of the longer homers he could remember hitting, the 6-4, 225-pound Montero smiled.

"No," he said.

Montero said he didn't like the way he had been swinging.

"I tried to have a good practice today, I tried to hit the ball a little harder today," Montero said.

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