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Pitching on rise for Angels, MLB

The days of the home run derby are over as more games are won from the mound

Updated: August 12, 2010, 12:47 AM ET
By Mark Saxon | ESPNLosAngeles.com

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Before Wednesday's game, Los Angeles Angels manager Mike Scioscia got pulled into a discussion on the dugout bench about the rise of pitching and the decline of power. Given a break from dissecting the failings of his team, Scioscia began to grow passionate.

It's a combination of things, Scioscia said. It's an influx of young, powerful arms to the league, an improvement in minor league coaching, a decline in the use of performance-enhancing drugs. In the end, he said, ...

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