Bullpen key to Team USA's success

Managing workload will be a big challenge for coaching staff

Updated: March 6, 2009, 8:13 PM ET
By Amy K. Nelson | ESPN.com

TORONTO -- When Jake Peavy starts for Team USA on Saturday against Canada in the World Baseball Classic, Marcel Lachemann may be the most nervous person in the ballpark.

That's because once Peavy hits 70 pitches, he must come out of the game, and whenever that happens, it's up to Lachemann -- the team's pitching coach -- and manager Davey Johnson to move into Phase 2, which is managing the bullpen. It might not seem like an ardent task, but with strict 30-pitch limits for all relievers, ...

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