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When the Colorado Rockies stumbled out of the gate, winning less baseball games than any team in the league besides the Washington Nationals, Jason Marquis was the silver lining. In the first two-and-a-half months, Marquis won eight games after a Rockies loss. His sinker was nearly unhittable. When he took the mound a Rockies win seemed nearly automatic. The right-hander earned his first all-star berth, tied for the league lead in wins with 11 at the break. Marquis looked nothing like an All-Star in the Rockies 6-3 loss to the Padres at Coors Field. No one in the league questioned Marquis as a good pitcher in the first half of the season. What all of the critics talked about was the consistent second-half falloff that Marquis has experienced throughout his career. The 2009 campaign has ...

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