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  • And after the third strikeout, on a 3-2 pitch in an at-bat that began with a called first-pitch strike that got Bautista livid, he finally snapped. - Home Page

  • Carlos Pena, the first baseman for the Chicago Cubs, swings at first-pitch strikes 83.7% of the timeā€”the highest mark in baseball.

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  • Anderson, perhaps sensing my intuition, warned his rookie pitcher about throwing A-Rod a first-pitch fastball.

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  • The pitchers on their makeshift staff threw first-pitch strikes, refused to walk anyone, and the fundamentals instilled in them by Scoiscia seemed sharper, more defined.

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  • With a runner on, Vazquez threw another first-pitch fastball to Damon, who promptly sent it soaring into the upper deck in right field, where a fan with a Red Sox cap gleefully caught the souvenir.

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  • Turning on another first-pitch fastball, Vladimir Guerrero smoked a double to left center, scoring Hunter.

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  • Though he grounded out in the third, he hit a booming, ground-rule double off the centerfield warning track in the fifth; and with two out and the bases empty in the home half of the seventh, he again made Niemann pay for throwing a first-pitch fastball.

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  • Stubborn like that kid having to touch a hot stove after his parents told him he would get burned if he touched it, Brian Duensing threw him a first-pitch fastball out over the plate.

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  • In the bottom of the third, Melky Cabrera took a first-pitch fastball from Boston hurler Paul Byrd and deposited into the right-field seats to cut the deficit in half.

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  • Throwing a first-pitch curveball that hung in the strike zone, Hamels shrugged it off as a waste pitch.

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