Michael Pineda simply being himself

At just 22 years old, Mariners rookie flamethrower is taking charge on the mound

Updated: April 29, 2011, 4:00 PM ET
By Jim Caple | ESPN.com

The title of King has already been designated to Cy Young winner Felix Hernandez, so Seattle fans will have to come up with another nickname for the most exciting young pitcher in the American League.

Prince Michael Pineda might possibly work, and the Mariners rookie says he doesn't have a problem with it. But he doesn't sound too enthused, either. "A lot of people say, 'Use Prince,''' he said. "I don't know.'' This is understandable. Prince may be serviceable but is too derivative and ...

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