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April 16, 2012

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TOM VERDUCCI'S THREE STRIKES

THE CYs HAVE IT: They gave up nothing on Opening Day. Roy Halladay, Johan Santana, Justin Verlander and Clayton Kershaw (from left to right) combined to throw 24 shutout innings while giving up just eight hits and four walks, striking out 20. Combine those numbers with those of Felix Hernandez and Bartolo Colon, former Cy winners who pitched in Japan last week for Seattle and Oakland, respectively, and you get a 2012 Cy-line of 2--0 with an 0.45 ERA over 40 innings.

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BOBBY VALENTINE

With his creative baseball mind and Veeckian flair for showmanship, the former Mets manager is a national hero —alas, halfway around the globe.

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