Posted February 21, 2012 on AP on Fox
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(Eds: Adds details) If the Chicago Cubs' new coaching staff is right, one easy change could be all it takes to fix what went wrong with closer Carlos Marmol last season, when he led the majors in blown saves with 10. In one of new pitching coach Chris Bosio's first conversations with Marmol this spring, he suggested the right-hander drop the cut fastball he began throwing last year - a pitch some Cubs personnel weren't even aware Marmol was trying to throw. But new manager Dale Sveum, as a Milwaukee Brewers hitting coach, and Bosio, as a Brewers advance scout part of last season, both were aware of something strange - and less effective - being thrown by Marmol. ''We were thinking, `What's he doing? Is that a bad slider?''' Sveum said. ''I threw it a little bit, and it didn't work for me,'' Marmol acknowledged this week as pitchers and catchers reported for spring training. ''Yeah, I got a little lost. My slider got...
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