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High pitch counts sink starters

Updated: April 12, 2010, 9:09 PM ET
By Tony Jackson | ESPNLosAngeles.com

Several years ago, when Jack McKeon was managing in Cincinnati and your humble correspondent was covering the Reds for a now-defunct daily newspaper, any time a starting pitcher had a bad game that resulted in a loss, McKeon would always say during his postgame comments that, "It all starts out there in the middle of the field.'' While I always got a kick out of him saying that -- the middle of the field, after all, is actually about 25 feet behind second base -- McKeon's intended point ...

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