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Veal Showing Maturity

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KODAK, Tenn. – Last season Donnie Veal couldn't take his mind off reaching Chicago. That approach messed up not just his mindset but his pitching performance, too. This summer Veal is pondering one pitch at a time and that approach has his pitching coach confident that the big left-hander will eventually be in the big leagues.

"I learned that last year," Veal said. "I was trying to pitch my way into the big leagues in the first month of the season, and it just blew up and kind of went in the opposite direction. This year I'm not going to worry about it. I'm just going to work on improving my stuff. When I'm ready, I'll get a chance." Veal finished 2007 with an 8-10 record and a 4.97 ERA in 130 innings for Class AA...

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