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Making it look easy

Resurgent Alex Rios is key to present and future success of White Sox

Updated: July 11, 2012, 5:35 PM ET
By Scoop Jackson | ESPNChicago.com

Five years ago almost to the day, Ryan Howard said something to Alex Rios that would become prophecy and eventually change his baseball life.

"He told me to take it easy," Rios said in an interview back then. "Slow it down and swing at good pitches. I think I did. I took his advice and it worked pretty good."

The advice Howard gave him was during the Home Run Derby in San Francisco, in which Rios came in second behind Vlad Guerrero. The problem, many would say, is that Rios ...

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