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Here’s how Johnny Cueto became the ace pitcher the Royals desired, and acquired

Johnny Cueto debuts for the Royals on Friday in Toronto, but The Royals did not acquire him to pitch a stray game in July. They acquired him for the first game of the World Series, which KC intends to host at Kauffman Stadium. Cueto reached his status as a major-league ace, a legitimate No. 1 starter, with a combination of off-field diligence, on-mound intelligence and in-game deception.

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For Danny Duffy, throwing strikes is not enough

A quality strike is a pitch that not only finds the strike zone, but finds a certain part of the strike zone. Hang around with pitchers, coaches and managers long enough and you’ll hear about the quadrants of the zone: up and in, down and in, up and away and down and away. Unless a pitcher has ungodly stuff, he needs to be able to throw strikes to those quadrants.

 
 
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