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The End?

Whatever magic has sustained Bartolo Colon seems to have evaporated

Updated: July 15, 2011, 4:39 PM ET
By Chris Jones

Baseball has a way of creating fleeting genius, especially out of pitchers. The game's history is littered with arms that were briefly dominant, as though they'd been struck by lightning. Some strange confluence of physics, novelty, and confidence happens. Billy Koch is unhittable; Zach Britton throws one of the game's best sinkers; Mark Fidrych looks like a future Hall of Famer. Then everything falls apart, and everybody's left wondering why.

Sometimes there are obvious explanations. ...

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