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Cubs duo aware of 'sophomore jinx'

Updated: March 6, 2011, 6:19 PM ET
By Melissa Isaacson | ESPNChicago.com

MESA, Ariz. -- Gordon Beckham doesn't pretend it wasn't scary. Any major league baseball player coming off a great rookie year would be lying if he said he didn't think about it.

From Mark Fidrych to Steve Sax to Joe Charboneau to Kerry Wood, the expression "Sophomore Jinx" has become almost a jinx in itself.

"When I didn't meet expectations, I kind of panicked," said Beckham of his struggles last season. "It was like 'Why am I not doing what I'm supposed to do?' "

Geovany Soto ...

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