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     "Last time I was here I gave them seven or something ridiculous like that."

     
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    After opening his 2012 season with four woeful starts for the Double-A Portland Sea Dogs, Brock Huntzinger knew that something drastic needed to be done to resurrect not only his season, but possibly his career.

     
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    “I just felt like, ‘I get it, I know how this game works,” he recalled.

     
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    “You either put up or (the organization) gets rid of you or sends you down."

     
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    "I knew there was more in the tank for me as a pitcher, so I had to do something.”

     
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    That ‘something’ was to change his role on the staff and work out of the bullpen instead of the Sea Dogs’ rotation, and since Huntzinger made that decision, his career has taken a sharp turn for the better.

     
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    “Everything’s been great,” said Huntzinger, who is now a reliever for the Pawtucket Red Sox.

     
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     “I think the move last season really kind of saved my career and turned it around."

     
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     "I didn’t take it as a demotion or anything like that."

     
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     "I just think I work better in short bursts."

     
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    "As a reliever, you’re in there to get 3-6 guys out, and I’ve been able to do that.”

     
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    Huntzinger, who will be 25 next Tuesday, is enjoying the best season of a pro career that began in 2007 when he was chosen out of Pendleton Heights High in Indiana as Boston’s third-round pick in that June’s MLB draft.

     
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    After going 3-0 with 13 saves and a 2.32 ERA in 25 contests this year with the Sea Dogs, he was called up to the PawSox on June 19, and in five appearances, he’s gone 1-0 with a 2.35 ERA.

     
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    “This is a new opportunity and a new chance for me, and I’ve kind of run with it and had some pretty good success.”

     
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    For the first four years of his career, Huntzinger enjoyed his share of success as a starter, totaling 24 victoriess and crafting a 3.89 ERA as he rose through the Single-A ranks and reached the Double-A Sea Dogs in time for the 2011 season.

     
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    But his first season in Portland got off to a nightmarish start, and even though he made up for it with a strong second half, he ended the year with an unimpressive 5-11 mark and a 6.17 ERA in 25 starts.

     
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    “It took me two months to get things turned around, but at that point, my numbers were so bad,” admitted Huntzinger.

     
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    “It’s hard to feel good about your season when you look at the back of your baseball card and it has all your numbers there.”

     
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    Huntzinger certainly didn’t feel good about his first four starts of 2012, which saw him pick up a loss in each of them and surrender a staggering 16 earned runs in just 15 2/3 innings of work.

     
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    “When you’re going bad, the sun never comes up,” he said.

     
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    “I talked to (pitching coach Bob Kipper) and I told him, ‘I don’t want to sound like I’m quitting on you or giving up, but I can’t keep doing this."

     
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    "I went through this last year and the same thing’s happening here, and I really think that I could help the team out better in a relief role.’”

     
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    Not only did Kipper agree, but so did his manager, Kevin Boles, and Ben Crockett, the organization’s Director of Player Development, who at the time, was in Portland with a couple of members from his staff.

     
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    “(Kipper) said, ‘Why don’t you come in here and tell (Crockett) what you just told me,’” said Huntzinger.

     
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    “I did, and I found out they were kind of thinking about that in spring training."

     

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