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These are not his playoffs, he said, as the subject his unknown limit hung in the air. “I’m going to keep pitching, and I’m in it with these guys for the long run.” But savoring them anyway couldn’t hurt.

“It’s funny,” he said. “Nobody talks to me personally about it. So obviously I can either scour the internet and watch all the stuff being said on TV, or I can just keep pitching and watch the Golf Channel, I guess.”