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June 24, 1974 United Press International

Mike Marshall on Mound Hot Streak
United Press International
by Fred Down
June 24, 1974

Mike Marshall, who sometimes talks in riddles, says he can keep pitching at his current pace and the bad news comes through loud and clear for the Los Angeles Dodgers' rivals.

The 31-year-old reliever completed perhaps the most sensational weekend of his career Sunday when he was the winning pitcher in the Dodgers' series-sweeping 4-3 victory over the San Francisco Giants.

The winning pitcher in all three weekend triumphs over the Giants, during which he pitched seven shutout innings, Marshall has relieved in 45 of the Dodgers' 70 games and has a 7-3 record to go with a 2.28 earned run average.  At the moment, he is a strong candidate for the National League's Cy Young Award and Most Valuable Player Award--provided his arm doesn't fall off by August 1, of course.

"There's no chance of that," says Marshall, who says kinesiology is the reason for the effectiveness of his screwball.  "I've never had a sore arm and I never will have one.  The secret is training and the secret to training is specificity."

No wonder rival hitters can't handle his pitching; they can't even understand what he's talking about.

Marshall, who shut out the Giants for two innings Sunday, received credit for the win when pinch-hitter Ken McMullen singled with one out and the bases filled in the ninth inning to score pinch-runner Dave Lopes with the winning run.

Happy Pitching Everybody

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