For somebody who was overpowering hitters for the first half of Spring Training, that's saying something.
Alburquerque struck out two batters on sliders, sandwiched in between a Franklin Gutierrez groundout, for a perfect eighth inning. It wasn't just nasty, it was efficient.
His recent success wasn't the result of a mechanical overhaul, but a tweak that Alburquerque made in his delivery to better hide his slider. He also said he had a sharper slider going than he had last week, when hitters were making good contact against it.
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