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By Donald Lambro
Growth spikes are little more than trend-free anomalies
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - David Forst
The Washington Nationals and Oakland Athletics both viewed the Gio Gonzalez trade as a key step toward getting where they want to go. It's just that one team is trying to get there a little sooner.
The Oakland Athletics realized the need to keep their young rotation intact, and getting Trevor Cahill for the long haul was a big key.
Figuring out which pitchers have the best control has been relatively easy. Look at the number of strikes and balls each one throws.
Coco Crisp approached Hideki Matsui while they warmed up Monday and pulled his new teammate into a hug. They shook hands, too _ a little more the Japanese style.
Rich Harden is rejoining his first major league team.
"The stuff has been great," Forst said of a Peacock, who was 15-3 with a 2.39 ERA in the minors last year.
"He's a high-upside starter," Forst said. "He's long and lean, and he looks like everything a top pitching prospect should be. The ball just comes out of his hand differently."