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Rodriguez Testing out a New Pitch

Rodriguez Testing out a New Pitch

A sub-two ERA wasn't good enough for Florida reliever Steven Rodriguez. He wants lower, and to do so, he went out and found a new pitch this offseason. The left-hander used a cutter and four-seam fastball to record 44 strikeouts in 37.2 innings last year, but his new two-seam fastball might make him even better in 2012.

"It's going to help me throw the cutter in on a righty, but I can throw the two-seamer away to a righty, too," Steven "Paco" Rodriguez said. "It's now two pitches I can go with and keep the guys guessing so they don't know what's going to come." Even last year, it didn't look like hitters knew what was coming very often. Rodriguez's most effective outing came at the College World Series. In a...

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