Slide mania has changed the course of countless careers

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On June 1, leading 4–3 in the 11th inning at Texas, Rays manager Kevin Cash asked right fielder Matt Whistler to close the game. Whistler, 29, is a former failed starter who was traded, waived or designated for assignment seven times in seven years before landing in Tampa Bay last season. He’s a different pitcher than most of those trips, and he showed why by throwing a 1-2-3 inning to lock down the save.

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