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Owings can hit any day of the week

Originally Published: May 7, 2008
By Tim Kurkjian | ESPN The Magazine

On days he doesn't pitch, the best-hitting pitcher in the major leagues today, and already one of the best of all time, sits on the bench with a bat in hand, waiting for a chance. "I am ready every night," says Diamondbacks pitcher Micah Owings. "Every night."

Owings is 9-for-18 this year. Last year, he hit .333 with four homers and 15 RBIs in 60 at-bats. His career slugging percentage is .667; Babe Ruth's career slugging percentage was .690. Owings has been in the major leagues just over ...

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