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Lindsay Berra: 'Smartest man in baseball' Craig Breslow knows pitching


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"He's the guy I go to for advice about everything, from how much to tip certain people to what I'm supposed to wear on the plane to how I need to get myself ready to pitch in a game," says Red Sox rookie reliever Brandon Workman. "In the bullpen, he's taught me to find a routine that works for me and do it every single day, so I can stay consistent and know how I'm going to feel out there on the mound every day."

Like any smart guy, Breslow knows the importance of preparing for any kind of test, of getting into a routine and sticking to it.

"I watch him do his stuff before the game, and it's exactly the same every day," Workman says. "What inning he stretches, what he throws before the game and what time he does it."

Focus!

"Breslow's routine has contributed to his exceptional fastball command, which has turned a pitch that tops out at 92 mph into a weapon and allows him to be successful against both lefties and righties. For Breslow, that pitch is always the same, be it three hours before game time off flat ground, in the bullpen warming up before the seventh inning, or throwing live against sluggers like Miguel Cabrera, who flew out to lead off the eighth inning against Breslow in Saturday's Game 1 of the AL Championship Series."

Always be the same this year. Pitcher pitches change from year to year.

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