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Dodgers' J.P. Howell is glad to be pitching a lot
Dodgers' J.P. Howell is glad to be pitching a lot

If J.P. Howell pitches Friday night in the Dodgers' series opener against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park, the game will be his 60th of the season. No Dodgers pitcher has appeared in as many games as Howell, the team's left-handed setup man. "It looks a lot worse than it is," Howell said. "It's not that bad, actually." Howell, who leads the first-place Dodgers with a 1.27 earned-run average, knows what bad feels like. While in spring training with the Tampa Bay Rays in 2010, he felt some discomfort in his throwing shoulder. That was after making a career-high 69 appearances in 2009. A couple of months later, he underwent major surgery to repair...

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