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Garcia must prove himself vs. Red Sox

With first place on the line, the Yankees pitcher has to show he's ready for October

Updated: August 7, 2011, 12:09 PM ET
By Andrew Marchand | ESPNNewYork.com

BOSTON -- Freddy Garcia right now is on pace to have the second-lowest ERA of his career. The only time he has pitched better was a decade ago with Seattle when he finished with a 3.05 ERA. In 2001, he was third in Cy Young voting.

When he was known as The Chief in Seattle, he threw 95 mph as a 24-year-old. Now, as the 34-year-old Steady Freddy, he can't touch 90. Garcia's 2011 3.22 ERA is because of guile.

Generally, guile can get you to October, but not through it.

So ...

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