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Secret weapons

Lower-ranked starting pitchers could be difference in September stretch run

Updated: March 7, 2013, 10:41 AM ET
By Tristan H. Cockcroft | ESPN.com

Everyone needs a secret weapon.

Oh, those aces, those perennial Cy Young Award winners, they're paramount to your league championship quest. But leagues are not won merely by outstanding outings by Felix Hernandez, Justin Verlander and Clayton Kershaw. It's the gems tossed by those lesser-known, aspiring aces, that often make the difference.

Don't believe that? Turn the clock back to September 2011, when Doug Fister (5-0 record, 0.53 ERA in September), Matt Harrison ...

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