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Baseball puts Leary, Smith in new positions

Dallas Cowboys guard Ronald Leary will be in new territory when he participates in a charity baseball game.
Dallas Cowboys guard Ronald Leary will be in new territory when he participates in a charity baseball game. Star-Telegram

Dallas Cowboys linemen Tyron Smith and Ronald Leary weren’t going to sugarcoat it when it came to their baseball skills.

They have no delusions of being an MLB player, knowing full-well that they are suited for football.

“My baseball game is very questionable,” said Smith, who considers himself a Los Angeles Dodgers fan after attending games while at USC.

“We’ll see how it goes. I’m just out here to have fun.”

Smith and Leary, along with kicker Dan Bailey, were among the Cowboys that went through a baseball practice session on Friday at Dr Pepper Ballpark in advance of Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki’s charity baseball game on Saturday.

When it came to preferred positions, neither offensive lineman had a real answer. Smith wouldn’t mind serving as the designated hitter, while Leary gave a fresh bit of honesty.

“I don’t even know positions in baseball except pitcher,” Leary said. “This is going to be my first time ever doing anything with baseball.”

Leary said his off-season has gone well, and is looking forward to getting training camp under way late next month in Oxnard, Calif. That includes competing for his starting spot at left guard against undrafted rookie free agent La’el Collins.

“It’s all about getting everyone better,” Leary said. “We’ve got a lot of new guys in [the offensive line group], so it’s going to be fun. We’ve got to put the pads on, that’s when it gets fun.”

Having fun is simply what Smith and Leary are looking to do in the baseball game, which benefits the children’s charities of the Dirk Nowitzki Foundation and the Heroes Foundation.

“It’s a really good feeling to help give back,” Smith said.

Drew Davison, 817-390-7760

Twitter: @drewdavison

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