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The West Coast offense

Where is it? A's, Giants and Padres rank among baseball's most run-starved squads

Updated: May 14, 2011, 10:31 AM ET
By Jim Caple | ESPN.com

Shhhh. Silence your cell phone. Turn off your MP3 player and remove your earbuds. Hold your breath, sit absolutely still and be as quiet as a broadcaster before a putt at The Masters. And now listen very, very carefully.

There! Did you hear it? That ever-so-slight "thwap" sound, like a newspaper hitting your doorstep? It's hard to say for sure, but that just might have been a sacrifice fly slapped to medium-center. Which is what baseball teams here on the West Coast now refer to ...

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