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Rangers steal an advantage with speed

Aggressive baserunning style creates runs, forces opponents into mistakes

Updated: August 17, 2011, 11:53 AM ET
By Richard Durrett | ESPNDallas.com

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- It's entertaining to watch Texas Rangers first-base coach Gary Pettis every inning.

He walks around his coaching box with a stopwatch in hand and his eyes darting from the pitcher to the catcher to the outfielders. He goes through his mental checklist, noting how fast a pitcher's delivery is to home plate, how quickly a catcher releases the ball on a throw to second or third, and how good the arm of each outfielder is. Then he relays that information to his baserunner, ...

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