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Tribe's saving grace

Updated: October 16, 2007, 4:27 PM ET
The standing joke about Joe Borowski is that one of his best pitches is a hanging slider. Look, he's never going to be confused with Mariano Rivera or J.J. Putz or Dennis Eckersley, and hitters tell you, with their big and aggressive swings, that they see the ball very well coming out of Borowski's hand. He is not a shut-down closer, and never will be.

But you watch him pitch and you understand why Indians manager Eric Wedge feels good giving him the ball. Borowski is a plow horse, steady and resolute, always moving in the same direction. You give him the job, and he will do what he can do to finish it, and if he doesn't get the job done on this day, well, he'll approach the job the exact same way the next day, steady and resolute.

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