This World Series is about the starting pitchers

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This World Series is about the starting pitchers
This World Series is about the starting pitchers

HOUSTON — The Red Sox used to prepare for extra fans to jam into Fenway Park on the days Pedro Martinez pitched. His starts were civic holidays, a day to drop everything and go to the game. Now most starting pitchers are asked to get two times through a batting order and hand it off to the bullpen. Get into the sixth inning and everybody in the dugout pats you on the back. Successful teams such as the Tampa Bay Rays regularly use “openers” for an inning or two because it's cheaper, easier, and more effective than building a five-man rotation. Even the Yankees, a team with unlimited resources, used an opener 20 times during the regular season and once in the playoffs. The number of innings thrown

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