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Mat Latos no longer holding back

Once-brash 22-year-old ace has learned to trust his Padres teammates, himself

Updated: August 13, 2010, 1:09 PM ET
By Jorge Arangure Jr. | ESPN The Magazine

SAN DIEGO -- On a late July day in Cincinnati last season, a grouchy Heath Bell headed toward his locker when he heard Padres rookie pitcher Mat Latos, who then was a particularly difficult player for veterans to like. At times, Latos appeared friendly enough, but he mostly kept to himself and didn't say much, which made him appear cold and detached or, worse yet, arrogant and cocky.

Padres veterans -- including Bell -- had privately groused for weeks that the team's young players ...

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