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Appropriately in Phoenix, Vazquez rises again

Originally Published: May 12, 2005
By Eric Neel | ESPN.com

With apologies to my friend Rob Neyer, let me kick it off like this …

Consider Pitcher X.

Through the first three starts of the season, Pitcher X was ugly – couldn't get out of the sixth, couldn't help but give up five or more runs a night.

In those three starts (in two of which he took the loss), he was exactly what you had come to believe he was: finished, a one-time stopper turned reckless fire starter, a gaping hole on a sinking ship. You weren't thinking of him. ...

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