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Orioles right-hander Jake Arrieta's fastball fluid vs. Yankees, but walks were costly

Orioles right-hander Jake Arrieta's fastball fluid vs. Yankees, but walks were costly

TAMPA, Fla. – One of Jake Arrieta’s goals in the early part of spring training is to pound the lower part of the strike zone with his mid-90s fastball, to tempt hitters to chop balls into the ground and let his defense make plays behind him.

And in his 1 2/3-inning start Wednesday afternoon against the New York Yankees at Steinbrenner Field, the Orioles right-hander was able to do that, keeping every ball hit in play on the ground. Arrieta got ahead of hitters — his fastball running at 94-96 mph — but he found himself at times too wild with his fastball.

The result of his outing wasn’t impressive — two walks and two ground-ball base hits...

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