Friday March 23, 2012 | 06:11 AM

Spears is congratulated after he hit a home run at Hadlock Field in 2010.

Photo by John Ewing/staff photographer

When infielder Nate Spears arrived in Portland for the 2010 season, he was a minor league free agent with no major league experience.

Those guys are normally used to plug holes for a season or two.

But Spears, now 26, remains. He made his major league debut last year (3 games) and looks to be in Pawtucket again this season, as insurance.

Spears made a name for himself with the Sea Dogs, batting .272 with 20 home runs, while playing lights-out defense in the middle infield.

He batted .248 in Pawtucket with 8 home runs, while expanding his defense to all infield positions, as well as corner outfield.

This spring, he has played nearly every position, while batting .345, with a .923 OPS.

He got another hit last night, against the Yankees, on NESN.

Good to see him hanging aorund.

This is packing day for me. Fly out Saturday for Florida for spring training and a week of stories, blogs and tweets. Stay tuned.


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