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Often, teams employ just four starters at the beginning of a season, when off days and bad-weather postponements dot the schedule.
When he managed, Bob Boone tried it for a longer period, going half the year with four-man rotations at Cincinnati in 2003 and Kansas City in 1995 -- both clubs finished below .500.
Because of Sabathia and others, it's become popular again.
"You have to tip your hat to them, especially in today's game," Milwaukee catcher Jason Kendall said. "Obviously, back in the day it was normal. But in today's game, you just don't see it. For a team, a guy going out on three days' rest shows the importance of the situation and your teammates appreciate it. It's a special thing for a team."
But nothing special to the pitchers who do it. Not when a championship is within reach.
"The only thing different is you mix up your workouts in between. If I'm on four days' rest, there's usually a day in there that I don't do too much, just kind of let everything recover," Buehrle said. "On three days' rest, I'm doing more cardio just to get the lactic acid and all the kind of bad stuff flowing out of my body."
Buehrle has won all three of his starts on short rest this season. Any reason?
"Luck," he said. "When you get out there and pitching, I don't sit there and think I'm on three days' rest and you get into a jam, 'I'm on three days' rest, that's why.'
"It doesn't matter if I'm on one day's rest or 10 days," he said. "It doesn't bother me."
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