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Pineiro renews promise

After an injury got to his head, a new approach helped him revive his career

Updated: March 15, 2010, 6:51 PM ET
By Mark Saxon | ESPNLosAngeles.com

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Joel Pineiro once had a view of a future that seemed limitless.

It was August 2001 and Pineiro was pitching devastating relief for a Seattle Mariners team that was chewing up the rest of the American League. He was the baby-faced kid, just 22, in a room filled with veterans like Edgar Martinez, Jay Buhner and Jamie Moyer. Pineiro's stuff was electric and hitters were reacting to it as if it were lethal.

He retired 51 straight right-handed batters at one point, ...

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