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PNC's generous radar gun

I don't know if you read the accounts about how Lindstrom threw a 102 mph fast ball on Wednesday night.  It turns out it is very doubtful he reached that speed.

Don't believe the pitch-speed scoreboard readings at PNC Park.

A couple of years ago, one of A.J. Burnett's fastballs was clocked at a beyond-belief 104 miles per hour, only to be recalibrated to 99.

The mechanism remains out of whack.

On Wednesday, a fastball thrown by Marlins reliever Matt Lindstrom registered 102 miles per hour.

Though Lindstrom is a hard thrower who has touched 100 in the past, even Lindstrom's father couldn't believe his eyes when he saw the triple-digit readings while watching Wednesday's game from the family home in Idaho.

Lindstrom said his father phoned after the game to say it was ''crazy'' -- further proof that father knows best.

A stadium employee said Wednesday's readings were inflating pitch speeds by about 2 miles per hour. And he said Thursday's readings were off by about 3 miles per hour.

Nothing like making the pitchers feel good.  Although, it would probably make them fall in love with their fast ball in lieu of their other pitches.  But it sure beats the heck outta what St. Louis did in the World Series.