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Hit by the pitch

October 14, 2003

The Pedro Martinez-Karim Garcia incident in Game 3 of the Red Sox-Yankees series renewed calls for the abolition of the designated-hitter rule in the American League. Proponents argue that there would be fewer hit batters if the pitcher knew he could be a retaliation target. Statistics, however, show that the National league pitchers hit more batters in each of the last seven years.

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