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A big year for Josh Johnson

If former Marlin can pitch like an ace in Toronto, a lucrative payout awaits

Updated: April 11, 2013, 3:02 AM ET
By Jerry Crasnick | ESPN.com

Josh Johnson's 6-foot-7-inch frame gives him a distinct advantage over hitters who are unaccustomed to seeing such a tall pitcher consistently pop the catcher's mitt with mid-90s fastballs at the knees or below.

But the intimidation factor ends the moment he walks off the mound. Johnson is serene enough to fly above the turbulence and find silver linings where others may not, for reasons that have everything to do with his demeanor and absolutely nothing to do with his height. Give ...

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