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  • "It just seems like little things, here and there, just mount for us," McLaren said. "We've been inconsistent and we know one day it's just going to hit us, and we're going to take off but we haven't got there yet. We work as hard as any team I've ever been around in 24 years in the big leagues. Good things have got to start happening for us."

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  • "I've been fortunate to be around Roger Clemens and Dave Stieb and Randy Johnson and Felix Hernandez," McLaren said.

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