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Three Strikes

SI's lead baseball writer goes inside the game. This is just a taste of what you'll get online.

1 The Diamondbacks' Dan Haren might not be getting much attention around the majors, but he has become the National League's stealth Cy Young Award candidate. Haren (below) led all pitchers heading into the All-Star break in ERA, strikeout-to-walk rate, WHIP and opponents' on-base percentage, becoming the first pitcher to do so. Haren (10--5) has been so good he has a 2.45 ERA in his losses.

2 The Dodgers may be considered a long shot to get Roy Halladay from Toronto because they have made lefthander Clayton Kershaw untouchable. But Los Angeles still thinks it has a decent fit with Toronto, even if the other prospects that the Blue Jays like, including third baseman Josh Bell, aren't exactly going to be big leaguers immediately.

3 I totally get the Phillies taking a $1 million flier on Pedro Martinez, even if he'll most likely give them only about a dozen starts. It's worth it for a team already spending about $113 million to defend its World Series title. Just don't expect him to be anything more than a five- or six-inning guy.

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