Runners know something Lilly doesn't

Falling victim to stolen bases has plagued the struggling Dodgers pitcher lately

Updated: June 29, 2011, 12:15 PM ET
By Tony Jackson | ESPNLosAngeles.com

MINNEAPOLIS -- I have a working theory on why Ted Lilly has been so bad recently.

On Tuesday night, the veteran left-hander gave up six runs for his third consecutive start to stick the Los Angeles Dodgers with a 6-4 loss to the Minnesota Twins before a sellout crowd of 39,755 at Target Field.

I will reveal the theory, more or less confirmed by both Lilly and Dodgers pitching coach Rick Honeycutt after the game, to you later in this column. First, some background.

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