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What happens to skill when sports emphasize size and power?

Updated: September 16, 2010, 12:20 PM ET
By Howard Bryant | ESPN.com

Monday's gem of a pitching duel between CC Sabathia and David Price offered continued confirmation that 2010 is, at long last, the Year of the Pitcher. Even without the runaway profits and interest that flourished when chicks dug the long ball, pitchers are responding to a decade-and-a-half of monstrous offense with mound stinginess of their own.

Asking why pitchers have suddenly carved out living space in an era of bashers has produced answers ranging from sheer coincidence ...

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