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For Collins, size never mattered

At 5-foot-7, Royals reliever from Worcester is coming up big

Updated: July 29, 2011, 12:59 AM ET
By Brendan Hall | ESPNBoston.com

BOSTON -- They say luck is where opportunity meets preparation? Tim Collins can attest to a thing or two about that.

Four summers ago, the scrappy lefthander from Worcester's west side was just a 5-foot-5, 130-pound firecracker coming off a ridiculous senior season for Division 2 state power Worcester Tech: 7-0, 165 strikeouts in 75 innings, just 10 hits allowed, and a no-hitter over Auburn in the D2 Central Mass final.

Still, even with a mid-80s fastball and a sharp breaking ball, ...

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