Baseballs always been strong on routines, says Mike Timlin. It makes players comfortable. Its more a timing thing; I stretch during the first inning, I do visualization in the second and third. Stretch my arm and legs in the fifth. I play catch in the seventh and Im ready to go in the eighth. In the bullpen I say a prayer after the last pitch and ask God for strength. Then I always run to the hill.
(Globe Staff Photo / Jim Davis)