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• Prince Fielder's trip to Viera on Friday was a homecoming of sorts, as the Tigers slugger grew up playing just down the road at Eau Gallie High School in Melbourne.

"I haven't lived here since 2002, so I don't really know it that much anymore," Fielder said. "I grew up here, lots of memories."

Space Coast Stadium was built in 1994 and was the Spring Training home of the Marlins before the Nationals arrived in 2005.

"I didn't come here when it was built, not until now, really," Fielder said. "I might have been once or twice. [The area's] a lot different."

• Leyland said he will take most everyone on the overnight trip Sunday (against the Mets in Port St. Lucie) and Monday (against the Marlins in Jupiter), but Fielder and Victor Martinez will have the day off Monday after playing Sunday, since they made the trip to Viera on Friday.

"The guys that are staying back today -- [Miguel Cabrera] and those guys -- they'll play both those games," Leyland said. "These guys are playing their game today. Works out pretty good."

• When asked about keeping an eye on Alex Avila's knees this spring and into the regular season, Leyland said: "That's not even an issue anymore. We've watched him pretty good and I think he feels 100 percent. In saying that, no player goes through the season without some wear and tear and getting sore from time to time, so I'm sure that's going to pop up. But we'll be prepared for that. But let me put it this way -- Alex Avila hasn't been on a medical sheet all spring."

Joey Nowak is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @joeynowak.& This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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