D-backs have a keeper in Ian Kennedy

In second season with Arizona, righty has blossomed into an ace for NL West leaders

Originally Published: August 18, 2011
By Jerry Crasnick | ESPN.com

PHILADELPHIA -- The people who helped guide Arizona pitcher Ian Kennedy through his formative years in professional baseball take considerable pride in his performance this season. When a smart and earnest young pitcher blossoms in his new surroundings, it's a plot twist even his former employers can appreciate from afar.

But when Kennedy's old New York Yankees acquaintances check out his latest "SportsCenter'' highlight, many of them emerge with the same nagging question: What's the deal ...

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