A dose of pitching advice and humor

Part mentor, part quipster, Mike Maddux keeps his pitchers informed and loose

Updated: March 15, 2010, 2:25 PM ET
By Richard Durrett | ESPNDallas.com

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Darren O'Day vividly remembers the first lengthy conversation he had with Texas Rangers pitching coach Mike Maddux.

"We talked before I even had my own jersey," O'Day said. "And it helped change my season."

Less than 24 hours after O'Day's arrival with the Rangers in late April 2009 -- he was claimed off waivers from the Mets, didn't get to Toronto until late that evening, and gave up the winning hit in the 11th inning wearing Kason Gabbard's jersey because he didn't ...

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