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  • Nationals set-up man Tyler Clippard's unique arm angle allows him to blow fastballs past hitters with regularity. His 63 strikeouts are second among all relievers. (Associated Press)

    Nats' Clippard set up to succeed

    The road from Viera, Fla., to Syracuse, N.Y. is nearly 1,300 miles long. It's a grueling 20-hour trip from the Florida coast to the brink of the Canadian border, but in the spring of 2009, Tyler Clippard needed every minute of it.

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