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Orioles left-hander Kelvin De La Cruz finds sidearm slider to be a 'career changer'
Orioles left-hander Kelvin De La Cruz finds sidearm slider to be a 'career changer'

SARASOTA, Fla. -- Left-hander Kelvin De La Cruz began toying with a sidearm delivery two years ago, but last season he realized how it could benefit him while pitching for the Dodgers’ Triple-A team in Albuquerque. The 6-foot-5 De La Cruz throw conventionally most of the time, but he will drop his arm angle to left-handed hitters when ahead in the count and with two-strikes, showing a slider that sweeps across the plate away from lefties. “It’s really been a career-changer for me,” said De La Cruz, who threw a perfect seventh inning – and retiring two left-handed batter -- in the Orioles’ 9-7 exhibition win over the Blue Jays on Saturday....

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