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For Scott Kazmir and other National League pitchers, hitting can be a painful experience

For Scott Kazmir and other National League pitchers, hitting can be a painful experience

Clayton Kershaw lugged a bucket of balls in one hand and two bats in the other as he led a procession of starting pitchers into the on-deck circle at Dodger Stadium last Friday. Trailing behind were Kenta Maeda and Scott Kazmir. A pitching machine resided near the mound.

"Get this bunting machine out of here," Kershaw said. "Let's hit."

The group waited for Ross Stripling to finish an interview in the dugout – "Strip, stretch with the relievers," Kershaw called to him. "You don't get to hit" – then continued its regular routine before home games. The pitchers convene to practice hitting on a daily basis, with only that...

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