Pirates coach Huyke earns save

He spotted Wakefield's knuckler in the nick of time

Updated: March 25, 2010, 10:53 PM ET
By Gordon Edes | ESPNBoston.com

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Eighty-five miles away, the man who saved Tim Wakefield's career arrives at Pirate City every morning at 5 and works out, then puts on the uniform he has been wearing for the past 42 years.

He doesn't manage anymore -- after 31 years, they scaled him back to coaching -- but at 72, Woody Huyke still throws batting practice and hits fungoes, just as he has done for generations of green Pittsburgh Pirates hopefuls whose first experience as pros meant passing through his ...

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