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So they did. Nearly 40 percent of Detwiler’s 71 pitches were sinkers, and he got stronger with it as the game went on.

“It’s his best pitch right now,” Ramos said.

The expiration date on Detwiler’s stay in the starting rotation is unknown. The opportunity presented to him now is greater than any before it. But as Chien-Ming Wang rehabs his way back from a strained left hamstring, Detwiler’s role may change again.

Until that day comes, if it ever does, the No. 5 spot in the rotation is his. And he, too, can finally believe that fact.

“Getting one under my belt now,” he said, “I’m just rolling with confidence.”