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The junior southpaw went 7-0 with a 1.25 ERA and 45 K’s in 39 1/3 innings.
Mitchell had been sidelined since Feb. 27 with tightness in his left forearm, but the southpaw started for the Tigers (23-7) against the Bulldogs (7-22) in a pseudo rehab outing.
The southpaw established his jab early on and went to work on Peterson's body with powerful, thudding shots from every angle that eventually wore the 33-year-old down.
Both are tall southpaws with Suter relying more on finesse and control and Bennett cranking up the heat.
Before fellow southpaw Patrick Corbin was named the Diamondbacks’ Opening Day starter on Saturday, many had speculated Ray would get the honor.
In the championship game, the rookie southpaw allowed three runs on eight hits in going the nine-inning distance for the win.
After lauding Verlander as a candidate for the Hall of Fame, Keuchel, a 30-year-old southpaw, expressed some disappointment in not receiving the honor.
Put simply, there’s no reason to start him with a southpaw on the mound.
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Southpaw is of obscure origin. A popular theory holds that it comes from the onetime position of ballparks in relation to the sun. Supposedly, late 19th-century ballparks were laid out so that the pitcher looked in a westerly direction when facing the batter. The throwing arm of a left-handed pitcher would then be to the south-hence the name southpaw. This theory of its origin is undermined, however, by the fact that the original use of southpaw does not involve baseball at all. Rather, the term was used as early as 1848 to describe, simply, the left hand or a punch or blow given with the left hand. Today, we often use southpaw as a good-natured term for a left-handed person, but the word is sometimes viewed as stigmatizing by left-handed people.
SOUTHPAW Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of southpaw for English Language Learners
: someone who is left-handed; especially : a left-handed baseball pitcher or boxer
SOUTHPAW Defined for Kids
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