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Mike Cameron wants to run this year

Mike Cameron, returning from a vicious outfield collision last year that ended his season and caused numerous facial fractures, reported to the Padres' camp with a clean bill of health. Not only that, but he told the San Diego Union-Tribune that he's implored manager Bruce Bochy to turn him loose on the basepaths and has set a personal goal of 45 stolen bases this year:

"I don't want them to put the reins on me," he said. "I can run. I've played eight or nine years in the big leagues and I'm right at 80 percent (79.2) on stolen bases. Isn't that good enough? When you run like we did last year with New York, it creates a whole lot of disruption in the game."

Cameron, who stole 13 bases in 14 attempts over 76 games last year, has topped 20 swipes in a season seven times. He's also swiped at least 30 bases three times, but not since 2002, and never more than 38.

It's not yet certain where Cameron will hit in the order, but according to the Union-Tribune, Bochy plans on using him in the No. 2 spot at least a few times in Grapefruit League play, as well as behind cleanup man Mike Piazza. With Dave Roberts leading off and Cameron hitting second, the Padres would have a lot of speed at the top of the order, but fantasy owners would certainly appreciate his increased RBI opportunities if he was hitting a little lower.

Cameron expects to return to his peak [San Diego Union-Tribune]
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