Reed threw first-pitch strikes to all six batters he faced, and put four of them into 0-2 counts. He ended his outing with back-to-back strikeouts, fanning John Buck on a 1-2 slider before he caught Cole Gillespie watching the same pitch.
Ausmus said Reed has been working with pitching coach Jeff Jones on raising his front arm in his delivery to hide the ball better before he releases it.
"It seems like he's creating more deception on the ball," Ausmus said Sunday morning. "That's what I'm seeing the last two outings, definitely."
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