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Wonder what fuels those 100 mph heaters from Astros flamethrower Billy Wagner? Surprisingly, it's nervous energy.

Originally Published: June 12, 2003
By Alan Schwarz | Special to ESPN.com

It wasn't a save situation, but it might have been one of the most astonishing victories Billy Wagner has ever preserved when he closed out the Yankees on Wednesday night for a combined six-pitcher no-hitter in an 8-0 win at Yankee Stadium.

Wagner broke the major-league strikeouts-per-nine-innings record for relievers three years in a row, and still owns it at 15.0.

His 2.61 career ERA stands just .02 behind Mariano Rivera for best among active pitchers with 400 or more innings.

He ...

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