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In today’s Newsday, David Lennon reports on the new split-fingered changeup that Mets closer Billy Wagner is looking to add to his arsenal, and which Wagner threw yesterday for the first time in a game situation. The pitch is designed to exhibit “dead-fish” action, as Wagner describes it, and hopefully will aid the pitcher in inducing more frequent ground ball outs, saving the flame-thrower’s arm in the process.

Across the state, over in Tampa, another New York closer is having similar notions. Newsday’s Jim Baumbach tells us that Mariano Rivera has likewise added a changeup to his repertoire, and perhaps a little sinker as well. Mo does not seem as eager as Wagner to start incorporating the pitch in game action. Time will tell whether the pitches prove significant for either pitcher this season.

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