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Bill Plaschke: Hearty effort got Jansen here

PHOENIX - The thumping began in his chest, pounding into his throat, grabbing at his breath.

Kenley Jansen was scared. His heart was literally broken. He wanted to walk off the mound and shut down his season and fix it.

But he couldn't. He wouldn't. There was pennant race to survive. There was a World Series to win.

He worried about his health, but he cared about his team. He didn't want to risk a stroke, but he didn't want to miss October.

He suffered an irregular heartbeat episode on Aug. 9 in Colorado, he was told he could need ablation surgery,

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