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Yovani Gallardo shows himself to be an evolved pitcher in winning Orioles debut

Yovani Gallardo shows himself to be an evolved pitcher in winning Orioles debut

Baltimore's introduction to Yovani Gallardo revealed a pitcher who has become more of a tactician than a flamethrower, more concerned with giving every pitch purpose than getting caught up in flash.

Gallardo earned the win in his Orioles debut — a 4-2 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday — and he did so by mixing pitches and speeds, relying on his slider early to complement a high-80s fastball and dabbing in a curveball and changeup.

He held a pesky Twins lineup to one run on two hits, striking out four and walking three. He lasted just five innings, pulled after 89 pitches. Take away Byron Buxton's two doubles, and the rest of the Twins lineup was...

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