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Stats ‘N’ At: Taillon’s star turn, JuJu’s rise, Riikola-mania

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Jameson Taillon pitches Saturday in Cincinnati. - AP

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Jameson Taillon has endured more than his share of turmoil since the Pirates drafted him second overall in the 2010 MLB Draft. Tommy John and hernia surgeries. A line drive to the skull. Cancer. The weight of expectation that comes with being the guy drafted right after Bryce Harper and before Manny Machado. And yet, as Taillon's 2018 season concludes, he has triumphed. Finally, he has emerged as the kind of pitcher that Neal Huntington envisioned. Dominant. Durable. In short, an ace.

And he has accomplished that in large part by developing a new out pitch that has enhanced his already impressive arsenal.

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