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Before big Alek Manoah threw his first competitive pitch as a Blue Jay this spring, he got a dose of meaningful advice from pitching coach Pete Walker: Trust your stuff and be yourself. Before veteran Tyler Chatwood made his spring debut with his new team, there was some more Walker wisdom: Pitch to your strengths. With Pete, that ability to connect is genuine care and genuine desire to see guys do well. Walker is the chief engineer behind that task.