NPF is Playing For Keeps

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Pitch after pitch, inning after inning, Monica Abbott and Cat Osterman did what arguably the two best pitchers on the planet are supposed to do. That the setting for their meeting was a regular-season game with limited long-term implications felt more and more incidental with each inning. Even the shirt-wringing heat and humidity of a Chicago summer hitting its stride seemed slightly more sufferable, or at least temporarily less noticeable. For a little less than two hours on a June night -- all it took to play seven innings -- Abbott and Osterman needed neither the drama of a postseason … [Read more...]