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No breathers from playoff pressure — just ask Dodgers' Mark McGwire
No breathers from playoff pressure — just ask Dodgers' Mark McGwire

Mark McGwire has advice he plans to share with every Dodger before Friday's playoff opener: Don't forget to breathe. "The pressure of the playoffs, everything is magnified," the Dodgers hitting coach said. "Guys tend to tighten up, and the reason why you tighten up is you forget to breathe. "So if you breathe and you relax, really good things are going to happen." If only if it were that easy. Even with the proper breathing techniques, McGwire batted just .217 with a .349 slugging percentage in 42 postseason games, well below his regular-season averages of .263 and .588. "The postseason," former Dodgers outfielder Rick Monday said,...

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