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The Boston Red Sox had just scored six runs in the top of the third inning—three on Jason Bay’s 36th homer, two on Jacoby Ellsbury’s single, and the final on Dustin Pedroia’s second single of the frame—when starting pitcher Tim Wakefield’s knuckleball abandoned him. Fastballs can be controlled; so can sliders, changeups, breaking balls, and splitters. But knuckleballs are always unpredictable. They are thrown with no spin whatsoever and usually range from 60-65 miles per hour in velocity. Catchers are used to catching fastballs and offspeed pitches ranging from 70 to even 100 miles per hour, and because of this, they are uncomfortably forced to wait on such a slow pitch. Wakefield has had a very successful career, made even more impressive given that he& ...

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