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September 22, 2013

The big turnaround

Red Sox wipe out memories of last season with dramatic wins, team leaders

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“Guys see it good — it’s 89 mph — but guys are always late on it,” Yankees first baseman Lyle Overbay said. “I’ve swung through it many times. It’s not really difficult to pick up. You see it. His splitty comes out the same spot so that’s a little deception. I don’t know, man. I’m trying to figure it out myself.”

Yankees center fielder Curtis Granderson also said Uehara’s fastball is difficult to pick up because it comes out of the same slot as the splitter.

“That and also the same arm speed,” Granderson said. “So when they both come out, they both look the same. The split typically starts down and drops even farther down and the fastball usually elevates enough to get it out of the zone so there’s never really too many balls in the middle of the plate.”

Like Uehara, the Red Sox have surprised everyone this year. But can they keep it going in the postseason? We’ll see soon enough.

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