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Giovanni Carrara Jimenez [car-RAH-ra] is a Major League Baseball pitcher who currently plays in Serie A1 in Italy for the Caffe Danesi Nettuno. He most recently pitched in MLB for the Los Angeles Dodgers. Carrara bats and throws right-handed. He established himself as a valuable middle relief man in MLB, but is a starter in Italy.
A failed starter in MLB, he converted to an effective long reliever. Carrara has a 90-92 MPH fastball. He also throws a couple of breaking balls: a deceptive slow curve, as his off-speed pitch, and a hard one that is somewhere between a slider and cut fastball. He controls the running game as well, with a good move to both first base and second, and a quick delivery to the plate.
On August 15, , Carrara combined with fellow Venezuelan pitchers Omar Daal, Kelvim Escobar, and Freddy Garcia to win their respective starts: Carrara, of the Dodgers, facing Montreal, 13-1; Daal, in a Phillies victory over the Brewers, 8-6; Escobar, of the Blue Jays, over Oakland, 5-2, and Garcia, of Seattle, against the Red Sox, 6-2. This marked the first time in major league history that four pitchers coming from Venezuela have recorded a winning game in their respective starts in the same day.
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