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Haeger downplays strikeout bonanza

Haeger downplays strikeout bonanza

LOS ANGELES -- Knuckleball specialist and fifth starter Charlie Haeger, who makes his second start Sunday, became the first Dodger to strike out 12 or more in his first start in April since future Hall of Famer Don Drysdale struck out 14 on Opening Day in 1960, according to research by Jon Chapper of the Dodgers publicity department.

Haeger, however, cautioned that a high strikeout total for a knuckleball pitcher is not always a good thing.

"It means the ball is really moving, but sometimes it moves too much and leads to walks," said Haeger. "It happened in the fourth inning of that game with the two walks. That's why the pitch can be your best friend one day and you're fighting it the next."