Found August 09, 2012 on This Is Getting Old:
I would be lying if I said these last few games instilled a ton of confidence.  Maybe the bullpen is just going through a bad stretch, I don’t know.  Still two more runs allowed by the pen is at least slightly concerning and something to keep an eye on.   First Pitch:  4:05 PM EST [...]
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