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Jun 16, 2011 10:12 PM by Lee Douglas

Ubaldo remains optimistic

DENVER (AP) - Ubaldo Jimenez strolls around the clubhouse with a carefree attitude even if he's smoldering inside.

The Colorado Rockies All-Star pitcher is baffled by his puzzling plunge in production this season, a slump that's tested his usually easygoing demeanor.

This time last year, Jimenez was putting up numbers that vaulted him into the conversation as one of the game's best pitchers.

Now, he's mired in a skid that has his record at 1-7, his ERA at 4.63 and everyone wondering: Where's Ubaldo of last year?

Always the optimist, Jimenez believes he's close to recapturing that form. By poring over game film from last year, and paying close attention to every aspect of his unorthodox delivery, Jimenez thinks he's uncovered some tiny flaws.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)




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