NEW YORK -- He had never felt this way. Not as a kid representing Canada in the pressure-filled Little League World Series. Not in his first professional start. Not even when he faced the powerful U.S. team in the World Baseball Classic.
Adam Loewen's hands shook, making it impossible to grip the baseball. That explained the errant fastball that hit Adrian Beltre in the helmet. His legs felt numb, his 6-foot-5, 235-pound frame wobbly.