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Orioles' Miley borrows curveball grip from Tillman, Hellickson to find new spin on pitch

Orioles' Miley borrows curveball grip from Tillman, Hellickson to find new spin on pitch

Even if it's a stretch to say the late-July arrival of right-hander Jeremy Hellickson inspired a turnaround for the Orioles' embattled starting rotation, his influence is already clear on one teammate: left-hander Wade Miley.

For the second straight start, Miley featured his curveball heavily and with great effect en route to seven innings without an earned run in a 7-2 Orioles win over the Oakland Athletics on Thursday.

The pitch, Miley said, is more effective of late than it has been his whole career — with a nod going toward Hellickson and fellow right-hander Chris Tillman for the changes.

"It's by design — I'm trying to have a...

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