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Esteban German is looking for a sign. Not one of a divine nature, but something — anything from the movement of a shoulder to the shifting of weight — that can serve as his cue to leave the safe haven of first base and make a mad dash to second.

Finally, the pitcher delivers, and German takes off, given only a few precious seconds to traverse 90 feet. He slides in just before the tag, safe, another base stolen, another notch in his belt in this game-within-the-game.

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