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Duffy Hoping for Big Year

Chris Duffy

Chris Duffy couldn't handle the pressure. Ever since the Pirates' leadoff-hitting outfielder began sliding across PNC Park's centerfield pasture, Duffy was quickly compared to Andy Van Slyke.

But after splitting the 2005 season in Class AAA Indianapolis and Pittsburgh with power-production and a thrifty glove, Duffy fell into a sophomore slump last year. Not only did his batting average plummet, but he soon began seeing less playing time before the organization decided a demotion was in order. "I put a lot of pressure on myself," the 26-year-old explained. "I was trying to do too...

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