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Ryan Cook's recipe for success

Acquired in offseason deal, A's reliever is at 22 2/3 scoreless innings and counting

Updated: May 26, 2012, 8:07 PM ET
By Jerry Crasnick | ESPN.com

With the exception of a ballplayer's parents, wife and youth coaches, no one sweats the ups and downs of his career more than the scout who signed him to his first professional contract. So when pitcher Ryan Cook took a pounding in his first big league appearance with the Arizona Diamondbacks, it was comforting to get a pep talk from a familiar voice from the past.

Cook's debut against Milwaukee on July 20, 2011, was straight out of a Wes Craven movie. He entered a tie game in the ...

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