DUNEDIN, Fla. -- Former first-round Draft picks George Springer and Delino DeShields Jr. have become close friends the last couple of years. DeShields, drafted in 2010, and Springer, drafted in 2011, are roommates during the spring for the second year in a row, but they haven't spent much time together outside of big league camp.
That they were both in the starting lineup for the first time Wednesday against the Blue Jays was something DeShields didn't take for granted. DeShields started at second base and Springer in center field, hitting his first two spring home runs.
Last spring, both Springer and DeShields appeared in only three games each with three at-bats each.
"We've gotten pretty close over the last couple of years," DeShields said. "We haven't had a chance to play together in a season, but hopefully we can this year. To be in the lineup on the big league club, it's a good feeling and I'm very excited that we could one day be playing together with this team."
Springer finished 2012 at Double-A Corpus Christi after putting up huge numbers at Class A Lancaster, and DeShields wound up at Lancaster after an All-Star season at Class A Lexington.
"When those guys come into camp, we want to make sure we give them an extended look," manager Bo Porter said. "If they don't make the ballclub here, we want the whole Major League staff will be able to have their assessment."