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THREE STRIKES
Tom Verducci
May 03, 2004
1. Orioles rookie lefthander Matt Riley's curveball is gaining a reputation that rivals the A's Barry Zito's sweeper. Says one American League scout, "Barry's is softer. This is a power curve. It's flat-out nasty. If he ever gains command, look out."
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May 03, 2004

Three Strikes

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1. Orioles rookie lefthander Matt Riley's curveball is gaining a reputation that rivals the A's Barry Zito's sweeper. Says one American League scout, "Barry's is softer. This is a power curve. It's flat-out nasty. If he ever gains command, look out."

2. Jason Giambi take note: Ken Griffey Jr. and Jason Varitek bunted for hits against an overshifted defense recently. It's foolish not to consider what is a smart, if rare, play given the right circumstances.

3. At the 2002 All-Star break the Expos had pitchers Bartolo Colon, Carl Pavano and Javier Vazquez plus rightfielder Vladimir Guerrero. This is essentially all they have to show for that talent after trading those players: pitchers Rocky Biddle and Claudio Vargas, outfielder Juan Rivera and chronically injured first baseman Nick Johnson.

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