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May 24, 2011 9:00 am

Clubhouse Confidential: Bend It Like Halladay

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Marc Carig

Pitchers have gotten bent, causing hitters to complain about too much tail.

NEW YORK—Mets manager Terry Collins caught a glimpse of the evolution in relief pitcher Bobby Parnell.

It happened sometime last year when both were at Triple-A Buffalo, Collins as the team's minor league field coordinator, and Parnell as the ninth-round draft pick with a fastball that routinely tickles the triple digits. Collins had seen the flame-throwing type before, although during his time in the game, they have become much more common.

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Talking KC's fleet feet with Ned Yost, plus Hosmermalia with AGM Dean Taylor and the man himself.

NEW YORK—The Kansas City Royals have an identity. It's an emerging one, of course, and it is sure to change as talent from its rich farm system begins to trickle into their big league clubhouse. But the Royals have established that they at least have the makings of a calling card, something for which they are known, something other than losing.

Really, when was the last time they could say that?

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The inaugural installment of a new series by beatwriter Marc Carig. This week: Miguel Cabrera hits almost every strike he gets and a former Gold Glover proposes the simplest of defensive metrics.

DETROIT--It must be hard work making an entire league of pitchers cower in their cleats, but to hear the scariest hitter in all of the American League talk, it would be easy to think that what he was doing was effortless.

Don't be fooled by Miguel Cabrera.

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