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Lefty-on-lefty showdowns usually go to the pitcher, except when Joey Votto is up

Updated: August 31, 2010, 4:25 PM ET
By Jorge Arangure Jr. | ESPN The Magazine
Peter LockleyVotto's 2010 OPS is 138 points higher against southpaws than the average lefty hitter.

The key to Joey Votto's success is on display during batting practice before a recent game against the Phillies. While many sluggers would use that time to give souvenirs to fans in the cheap seats, the Reds first baseman, a lefty hitter, takes a much more practical approach, calmly lining 10 of the first 11 pitches to center or left field.

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