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Smoltz opens with a real stinker

John Smoltz's return to the Braves rotation for the first time since 2001 was nothing short of a nightmare.

Originally Published: April 5, 2005
By Jayson Stark | ESPN.com

MIAMI -- We can think of a few other years when it wouldn't exactly have been top-of-SportsCenter material for John Smoltz to work 1 2/3 innings on Opening Day.

This, however, wouldn't be one of those years.

Nope, this was different. When Smoltz headed for the mound in Florida on Tuesday, it wasn't the eighth inning. And it wasn't the ninth inning, either. In case you missed it this spring while surfing for steroid news, those innings aren't in Smoltz's job description anymore -- unless ...

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