Originally written on Fox Sports Arizona  |  Last updated 8/7/13
PHOENIX -- Joe Thatcher set a school record for 3-point shooting in high school, which goes a long way toward explaining his success as a major league reliever. The theory is the same, whether it is putting a ball in a basket or putting a smaller ball on the outside corner."It's all about repetition and having the confidence that when the ball leaves your hand, it is going to go where you want," Thatcher said.David Ortiz knew where it was going last week: under his bat. Thatcher gave a textbook demonstration in his first weekend with the D-backs, when he did not give up a hit to any the eight batters he faced and got Oritz three times, on two popouts and a strikeout. He pitched in all three games against the Red Sox.The D-backs acquired Thatcher from the Padres in the Ian Kennedy trade to do exactly that sort of thing. After a circuitous route that included four years at Indiana State and parts of two with the independent River City Rascals, Thatcher has made that role his own."I en...
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